Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula Review

Natural Balance Canned Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood and eggs

Est. Calories: 102 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula is an average cat food, earning 6 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 Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • chicken liver

Questionable Ingredients

  • ground brown rice
  • guar gum
  • carrageenan

Potential Allergens

  • dried egg
  • menhaden fish oil

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 Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken liver as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula also contains as top ingredients ground brown rice. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet.

Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in cats.

Allergen alert: This product contains menhaden fish oil 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 Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula has:

  • less protein than average
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • significantly more fat than average
  • more fiber than average
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 Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Canned Cat Formula has approximately 102 calories per 100g (29 calories/ounce), which is a few more calories compared to the average of the other wet 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 22, 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 Liver, Chicken Broth, Carrots, Ground Brown Rice, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Dicalcium Phosphate, Cranberries, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Menhaden Fish Oil, Taurine, Carrageenan.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
9.0%
Fat: (min)
6.0%
Fiber: (max)
1.5%
Carbs: (est)
5.5%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
78.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
41%
Fat: (min)
27%
Fiber: (max)
7%
Carbs: (est)
25%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
102/100g

*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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