Overall, Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Tender Chicken Dinner is a significantly below average cat food, earning 3 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
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 Mature Adult Tender Chicken Dinner includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Tender Chicken Dinner does contain with its top ingredients chicken which are considered quality protein sources.
Additionally, Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Tender Chicken Dinner also contains as top ingredients wheat flour. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet.
Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum, which is an additive that some experts claim may be a possible contributor to certain medical conditions in cats.
Allergen alert: This product contains fish oil, wheat gluten, soybean oil and egg whites which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, wheat gluten, soy or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 2977 cat foods in our database, Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Tender Chicken Dinner has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Tender Chicken Dinner has approximately 100 calories per 100g (28 calories/ounce), which is 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 17, 2016.
The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.
Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Water, Chicken, Liver, Egg Whites, Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Dextrose, Rice Starch, Oat Fiber, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Titanium Dioxide (color), Dicalcium Phosphate, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, Iodized Salt, Taurine, Guar Gum, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Caramel (color), Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of vitamin C), Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Beta-Carotene, Manganous Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate.
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*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.