Paws & Claws Kitten Mix Review

Paws & Claws Dry Cat Food Review


Paws & Claws Kitten Mix

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and soy

Est. Calories: 350 cal/100g

Overall, Paws & Claws Kitten Mix 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 Kitten Mix includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

None

Questionable Ingredients

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

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • soybean meal
  • 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 Kitten Mix's first ingredient listed (and hence the most plentiful) is chicken by product meal which is considered an inferior ingredient.

Additionally, Paws & Claws Kitten Mix also contains as top ingredients corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal and ground wheat. 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 oil, corn gluten 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 Kitten Mix has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • 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, Paws & Claws Kitten Mix has approximately 350 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 13, 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:

chicken by product meal, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, ground wheat, animal fat (preserved with bha), natural flavors (source of chicken flavor) brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, taurine, salt, added color (red 40), fish oil (source of dha) , vitamins : (choline chloride, vitamin e supplement, vitamin a supplement, vitamin d3 supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrocholoride, folic acid, menadione sodium, bisulfite complex (source of vitamin k), biotin, rifoflavin supplement, vitamin b12 supplement), minerals: (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium carbonate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite)


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
40.0%
Fat: (min)
12.5%
Fiber: (max)
4.0%
Carbs: (est)
29.5%
Ash: (est)
2.0%
Moisture: (max)
12.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
45%
Fat: (min)
14%
Fiber: (max)
5%
Carbs: (est)
34%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
350/100g

*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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