Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor Review

Paws & Claws Dry Cat Food Review

Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor

Quick Analysis



Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and soy

Est. Calories: 355 cal/100g

Overall, Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor is a significantly below average cat food, earning 3 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list. For more information on our cat food analysis techniques, please click here.

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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.

Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • salmon

Questionable Ingredients

  • chicken by-product meal
  • corn gluten meal
  • soybean meal
  • ground whole wheat
  • brewers rice
  • corn meal

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • soybean meal
  • corn meal
  • salmon
  • 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, Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor's first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is chicken by-product meal which is considered an inferior ingredient.

Additionally, Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor also contains as top ingredients corn gluten meal, soybean meal, ground whole wheat and brewers 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 salmon, fish oil, corn gluten meal, corn meal and soybean meal which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or soy food allergies.

Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3126 cat foods in our database, Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • less fat than average
  • less 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, Paws & Claws Kitchen Selects Hearty Chicken Flavor has approximately 355 calories per 100g (100 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 May 13, 2018.

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 by-product meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, ground whole wheat, brewers rice, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols, corn meal, natural chicken flavor, chicken, salmon, fish oil, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, vitamin e supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, niacin, vitamin a supplement, calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin b1), riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin b12 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, sodium selenite, folic acid, calcium iodate, vitamin d3 supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

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Dry Matter Analysis

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

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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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