Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula Review

Natural Balance Dry Cat Food Review



Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood and eggs

Est. Calories: 367 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula 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.

Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • salmon meal
  • whitefish meal
  • duck meal
  • chicken liver

Questionable Ingredients

  • brown rice
  • brewers rice

Potential Allergens

  • salmon meal
  • whitefish meal
  • dried egg

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), Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula does contain with its top ingredients salmon meal and whitefish meal which are considered quality protein sources.

Additionally, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula also contains as top ingredients brown 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 salmon meal, whitefish meal and dried egg which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2970 cat foods in our database, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula has:

  • less protein than average
  • significantly 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, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Calamari, Salmon Meal, Duck Meal Dry Cat Formula has approximately 367 calories per 100g (104 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 27, 2018.

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

Important Note: This product may have been discontinued by the manufacturer, as the above linked product website was no longer functioning when last checked.


Ingredients

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Calamari, Salmon Meal, Brown Rice, Oats, Whitefish Meal, Duck Meal, Brewers Rice, Chicken Liver, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Egg, Natural Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Pea Fiber, Oat Fiber, Menhaden Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate), Taurine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Tryptophan, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, L-Lysine, Dried Kelp, Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
34.0%
Fat: (min)
14.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
36.8%
Ash: (est)
2.2%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
38%
Fat: (min)
16%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
41%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
367/100g

*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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