Overall, NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice 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.
NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice 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, NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal as additional quality protein sources.
Additionally, NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice 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 fish meal and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 3054 cat foods in our database, NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, NutriSource Cat & Kitten Chicken & Rice has approximately 393 calories per 100g (111 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
August 8, 2016.
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, chicken meal, brown rice, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), fish meal, dried egg product, yeast extract, oat groats, dried tomato pomace, beet pulp-dried, natural flavor, sunflower oil, alfalfa meal, dried brewers yeast, flax seed, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, salt, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), cranberry powder, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), taurine, DL methionine, chicory extract, lactic acid, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, choline chloride, inositol, yucca schidigera extract, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, rosemary extract, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation 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.