Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal Review

Natural Balance Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 382 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal 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.

Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal
  • chicken
  • chicken liver
  • salmon meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • brown rice

Potential Allergens

  • salmon meal

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 Meal & Salmon Meal's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal 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 which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2931 cat foods in our database, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken Meal & Salmon Meal has:

  • less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • 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 Meal & Salmon Meal has approximately 382 calories per 100g (108 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 March 15, 2018.

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 Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Brewers Dried Yeast, Oat Groats, Chicken Liver, Salmon Meal, Natural Flavor, Menhaden Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Fiber, Oat Hulls, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), L-Tryptophan, Dried Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Dried Blueberries, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
34.0%
Fat: (min)
16.8%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
34.2%
Ash: (est)
2.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
38%
Fat: (min)
19%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
38%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
382/100g

*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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