Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck Meal, Salmon Meal Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food Review

Natural Balance Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood and eggs

Est. Calories: 398 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck Meal, Salmon Meal Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food is an above average cat food, earning 7 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 Chicken, Duck Meal, Salmon Meal Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

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

Questionable Ingredients

  • brown rice

Potential Allergens

  • salmon 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.

In this case, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck Meal, Salmon Meal Kitten Formula 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, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your cat's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.

Allergen alert: This product contains salmon meal and dried egg which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2490 cat foods in our database, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Duck Meal, Salmon Meal Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • more 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 Chicken, Duck Meal, Salmon Meal Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food has approximately 398 calories per 100g (112 calories/ounce), which is considerably more 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 26, 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, Pea Protein, Dried Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Brown Rice, Duck Meal, Chicken Liver, Salmon Meal, Dried Egg, Brewers Dried Yeast, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Oil, Pea Fiber, Oat Fiber, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Inulin, 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, 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), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Tryptophan, Citric Acid and Mixed Tocopherols (preservatives), Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Dried Kelp, L-Lysine, Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Colostrum, Rosemary Extract.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
38.0%
Fat: (min)
20.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
27.2%
Ash: (est)
1.8%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
42%
Fat: (min)
22%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
30%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
398/100g

*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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