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 Senior / Weight Management 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 Senior / Weight Management's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source.
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 fish meal and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 3126 cat foods in our database, NutriSource Senior / Weight Management has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, NutriSource Senior / Weight Management has approximately 304 calories per 100g (86 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
January 5, 2020.
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, peas, pea fiber, barley, oatmeal, natural flavor, beet pulp-dried, fish meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), yeast extract, dried brewers yeast, alfalfa meal, dried tomato pomace, phosphoric acid, flax seed, potassium chloride, salt, sunflower oil, DL methionine, dried egg product, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate), choline chloride, 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), chicory extract, lactic acid, taurine, inositol, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, 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.