Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food Review

Iams Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood and eggs

Est. Calories: 355 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food is a below average cat food, earning 5 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.

Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • chicken meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • brewers rice

Potential Allergens

  • fish meal
  • dried egg product

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, Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food also contains as top ingredients brewers rice. 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 meal (source of fish oil) and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2898 cat foods in our database, Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food has:

  • less protein than average
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • less fat than average
  • less 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, Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food has approximately 355 calories per 100g (100 calories/ounce), which is fewer 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 May 25, 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:

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Bisulfate, Choline Chloride, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dicalcium Phosphate, DL-Methionine, Carrots, Tomatoes,Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Spinach, Taurine, Fructooligosaccharides, Green Pea, Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Dried Apple Pomace, Calcium Carbonate, Rosemary Extract


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
33.0%
Fat: (min)
15.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
32.0%
Ash: (est)
7.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
37%
Fat: (min)
17%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
36%
Ash: (est)
8%
Calories: (est)
355/100g

*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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