Meow Mix Hairball Control Review

Meow Mix Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: beef, seafood, corn, soy and artifical colors

Est. Calories: 332 cal/100g

Price: $

Overall, Meow Mix Hairball Control is a significantly below average cat food, earning 2 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.

Meow Mix Hairball Control includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • salmon meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • chicken by-product meal
  • corn gluten meal
  • whole ground corn
  • brewers rice
  • soybean hulls
  • soybean oil
  • turkey by-product meal

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • whole ground corn
  • soybean hulls
  • beef tallow
  • soybean oil
  • salmon meal
  • fish meal
  • red 40
  • yellow 5
  • blue 2

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, Meow Mix Hairball Control's first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is chicken by-product meal which is considered an inferior ingredient.

Additionally, Meow Mix Hairball Control also contains as top ingredients corn gluten meal, whole ground corn, brewers rice and soybean hulls. 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 beef tallow, salmon meal, fish meal, corn gluten meal, whole ground corn, soybean hulls, soybean oil, red 40, yellow 5 and blue 2 which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood, corn, soy or artifical colors food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3054 cat foods in our database, Meow Mix Hairball Control has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • 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, Meow Mix Hairball Control has approximately 332 calories per 100g (94 calories/ounce), which is considerably 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 August 3, 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 By-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole Ground Corn, Brewers Rice, Soybean Hulls, Beef Tallow (preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Powdered Cellulose, Animal Digest, Soybean Oil (preserved With Bha/bht), Calcium Carbonate, Turkey By-product Meal, Salmon Meal, Fish Meal (source Of Ocean Fish Flavor), Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Vitamins (vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source Of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin) , Minerals (ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Red 40, Lactic Acid,yellow 5, Blue 2, Rosemary Extract


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
31.0%
Fat: (min)
11.0%
Fiber: (max)
7.0%
Carbs: (est)
37.2%
Ash: (est)
1.8%
Moisture: (max)
12.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
35%
Fat: (min)
13%
Fiber: (max)
8%
Carbs: (est)
42%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
332/100g

*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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