Nutro Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe Review

Nutro Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood and soy

Est. Calories: 376 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, Nutro Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe is a below average cat food, earning 5 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 Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • white fish
  • chicken meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • brewers rice
  • whole brown rice
  • soybean oil

Potential Allergens

  • white fish
  • soybean oil
  • fish 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 Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe's most plentiful ingredient listed is white fish, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, Nutro Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe also contains as top ingredients brewers rice and whole 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 white fish, fish oil and soybean oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or soy food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2977 cat foods in our database, Nutro Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • 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, Nutro Wholesome Essentials Indoor Senior White Fish & Whole Brown Rice Recipe has approximately 376 calories per 100g (106 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 28, 2018.

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:

White Fish, Pea Protein, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potato Protein, Flaxseed, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Whole Grain Oatmeal, Oat Fiber, Natural Flavor, Soybean Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Choline Chloride, Salt, DL-Methionine, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
36.0%
Fat: (min)
17.0%
Fiber: (max)
6.0%
Carbs: (est)
30.1%
Ash: (est)
0.9%
Moisture: (max)
10.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
40%
Fat: (min)
19%
Fiber: (max)
7%
Carbs: (est)
33%
Ash: (est)
1%
Calories: (est)
376/100g

*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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