Hill's Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control Review

Hill's Science Diet Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn, wheat gluten and soy

Est. Calories: 370 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Hill's Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control 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 Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • chicken meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • whole grain wheat
  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat gluten
  • soybean oil

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • wheat gluten
  • soybean oil
  • fish 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 Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source.

Additionally, Hill's Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control also contains as top ingredients whole grain wheat and corn gluten meal. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet. However, they are sometimes used to help maintain the kibble shape in dry foods.

Allergen alert: This product contains fish oil, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten and soybean oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn, wheat gluten or soy food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3054 cat foods in our database, Hill's Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • significantly more fiber than average
  • significantly less moisture than an equivalent wet food
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 Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Hairball Control has approximately 370 calories per 100g (105 calories/ounce), which is an average amount of calories compared to the average of the other dry 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 January 20, 2019.

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:

Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Wheat Gluten, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Fish Oil, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, L-lysine, Vitamins (vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source Of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Taurine, Iodized Salt, L-carnitine, Minerals (ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols For Freshness, Natural Flavors, Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli, Beta-carotene


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
31.8%
Fat: (min)
18.1%
Fiber: (max)
8.6%
Carbs: (est)
30.0%
Ash: (est)
2.1%
Moisture: (max)
9.5%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
35%
Fat: (min)
20%
Fiber: (max)
9%
Carbs: (est)
33%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
370/100g

*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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