Overall, Natural Balance Reduced Calorie Dry Cat Formula is a below average cat food, earning 5 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
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 Reduced Calorie Dry Cat Formula includes the following:
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 Reduced Calorie Dry Cat Formula'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 Reduced Calorie 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 lamb meal, salmon meal, salmon oil and dried egg which may be problematic for cats who suffer from lamb, seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 2490 cat foods in our database, Natural Balance Reduced Calorie Dry Cat Formula has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Natural Balance Reduced Calorie Dry Cat Formula has approximately 340 calories per 100g (96 calories/ounce), which is 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
April 6, 2017.
The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.
Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:
Chicken Meal, Chicken, Brown Rice, Potatoes, Oats, Pea Protein, Pearled Barley, Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Meal, Salmon Meal, Lamb Meal, Carrots, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Natural Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Duck, Tomato Pomace, Salmon Oil, Dried Egg, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), Minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Flaxseed Meal, DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Citric Acid And Mixed Tocopherols (preservatives), Kelp Meal, Cranberries, Parsley Flakes, L-Lysine, Dried Spinach, Rosemary Extract
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*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.