Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control Review

Nutro Dry Cat Food Review

Quick Analysis



Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and soy

Est. Calories: 351 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 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.

Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal
  • dehydrated chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • brewers rice
  • wheat flour
  • corn gluten meal
  • whole brown rice
  • soybean oil

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • menhaden fish oil
  • soybean 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, Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source.

Additionally, Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control also contains as top ingredients brewers rice, wheat flour and corn gluten meal. 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 menhaden fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), corn gluten meal and soybean oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or soy food allergies.

Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2718 cat foods in our database, Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • 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, Nutro MAX CAT Indoor Weight Control has approximately 351 calories per 100g (99 calories/ounce), which is fewer 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 May 27, 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 Meal, Brewers Rice, Wheat Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Whole Brown Rice, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavors, Tomato Pomace, Oat Fiber, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Culture, Choline Chloride, Menhaden Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dehydrated Chicken, Salt, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, DL-Methionine, Dried Cranberry, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Magnesium Stearate, Iron Proteinate, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Dried Blueberry, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

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Dry Matter Analysis

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*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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