Nature's Variety Pride By Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Cat Food - Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe Review

Nature's Variety Dry Cat Food Review



Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 361 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, Nature's Variety Pride By Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Cat Food - Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe 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.

Nature's Variety Pride By Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Cat Food - Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal
  • chicken
  • turkey meal
  • menhaden fish meal

Questionable Ingredients

None

Potential Allergens

  • menhaden fish meal
  • salmon 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, Nature's Variety Pride By Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Cat Food - Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken and turkey 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 menhaden fish meal and salmon oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2490 cat foods in our database, Nature's Variety Pride By Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Cat Food - Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • less fat than average
  • significantly more 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, Nature's Variety Pride By Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Cat Food - Cheshire’s Chicken Recipe has approximately 361 calories per 100g (102 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 June 25, 2017.

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:

Chicken Meal, Chicken, Turkey Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Dried Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Menhaden Fish Meal, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2 Polyphosphate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Blueberries, Cranberries, Salt, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Chicken (including Freeze Dried Ground Chicken Bone), Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Carrots, Apples, Rosemary Extract, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
37.0%
Fat: (min)
14.5%
Fiber: (max)
7.5%
Carbs: (est)
31.0%
Ash: (est)
0.0%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
41%
Fat: (min)
16%
Fiber: (max)
8%
Carbs: (est)
34%
Ash: (est)
0%
Calories: (est)
361/100g

*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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