Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline Review

Hill's Prescription Diet Canned Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: corn and soy

Est. Calories: 108 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.


Ingredient Analysis

When evaluating a cat food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.

Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • hydrolyzed chicken liver

Questionable Ingredients

  • corn starch
  • soybean oil

Potential Allergens

  • corn starch
  • soybean oil

Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.

In this case, Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline's most plentiful ingredient listed is hydrolyzed chicken liver, which is considered a quality protein source.

Additionally, Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline also contains as top ingredients corn starch and soybean oil. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet.

Allergen alert: This product contains corn starch and soybean oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from corn or soy food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2761 cat foods in our database, Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • significantly less fiber than average
In general, cats have been shown to do better with a higher protein, medium fat, lower carb diet with sufficient moisture. However, specialty diets as recommended by your veterinarian may prioritize a different nutritional breakdown.

Calorie Breakdown

Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Hill's Prescription Diet Z/d Feline has approximately 108 calories per 100g (31 calories/ounce), which is considerably more calories compared to the average of the other wet cat foods in the CatFoodDB.


All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on April 18, 2016.

The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.


Ingredients

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Hydrolyzed Chicken Liver, Water, Corn Starch, Soybean Oil, Powdered Cellulose, Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Iodized Salt, Taurine, Calcium Sulfate, minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Beta-Carotene.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
8.8%
Fat: (min)
4.8%
Fiber: (max)
0.4%
Carbs: (est)
10.6%
Ash: (est)
1.9%
Moisture: (max)
73.6%

Dry Matter Analysis

The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.

Protein: (min)
33%
Fat: (min)
18%
Fiber: (max)
1%
Carbs: (est)
40%
Ash: (est)
7%
Calories: (est)
108/100g

*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each cat food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.

Although a high score may be indicative of a higher-quality product it is not a guarantee. Similarly, a low score may or may not indicate an inferior product. The best food for your cat is the one that meets their individual needs.


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