Nulo Freestyle High-Meat Kibble Turkey & Duck Recipe Review

Nulo Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood

Est. Calories: 383 cal/100g

Price: $$$

Overall, Nulo Freestyle High-Meat Kibble Turkey & Duck Recipe is a significantly above average cat food, earning 8 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.

Nulo Freestyle High-Meat Kibble Turkey & Duck Recipe includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • deboned turkey
  • turkey meal
  • menhaden fish meal
  • deboned cod
  • deboned duck

Questionable Ingredients

None

Potential Allergens

  • menhaden fish meal
  • deboned cod

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, Nulo Freestyle High-Meat Kibble Turkey & Duck Recipe's most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned turkey, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains turkey meal, menhaden fish meal and deboned cod 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 deboned cod which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3048 cat foods in our database, Nulo Freestyle High-Meat Kibble Turkey & Duck Recipe has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • an average amount of carbohydrates
  • an average amount of fat
  • an average amount of fiber
  • 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, Nulo Freestyle High-Meat Kibble Turkey & Duck Recipe has approximately 383 calories per 100g (108 calories/ounce), which is a few 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 October 14, 2019.

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:

Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Deboned Cod, Yellow Peas, Red Lentils, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid), Deboned Duck, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Miscanthus Grass, Natural Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Kelp, Dried Cranberries, Calcium Carbonate, DL Methionine, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Iron Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
40.0%
Fat: (min)
18.0%
Fiber: (max)
4.0%
Carbs: (est)
25.8%
Ash: (est)
2.2%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
44%
Fat: (min)
20%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
29%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
383/100g

*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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