Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care Review

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Canned Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood and meat by-products

Est. Calories: 76 cal/100g

Price: $$$$

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care is a veterinary cat food formula, and hence it's ingredient and nutritional composition is highly specialized. In this case, comparing it to other general nutrition cat food products is not recommended as the products serve different purposes. The scores above are not an indication of the product's ability to address it's indicated purpose.

As always, please contact your veterinarian before feeding your cat a veterinary diet.

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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.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • salmon

Questionable Ingredients

  • meat by-products
  • rice
  • chicken by-products
  • guar gum
  • carrageenan

Potential Allergens

  • meat by-products
  • 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, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care includes meat by-products and chicken by-products. By-products are typically considered an inferior, lesser quality ingredient in cat food.

Additionally, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care also contains as top ingredients rice. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your cat's diet.

Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in cats.

Allergen alert: This product contains salmon, fish oil and meat by-products which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood or meat by-products food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3126 cat foods in our database, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly less fat than average
  • significantly more fiber than average
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, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Nf Kidney Function Early Care has approximately 76 calories per 100g (22 calories/ounce), which is fewer calories compared to the average of the other wet 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 19, 2021.

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:

Water sufficient for processing, meat by-products, liver, rice, chicken by-products, powdered cellulose, potato protein, salmon, artificial and natural flavors, calcium sulfate, inulin, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, fish oil, guar gum, potassium citrate, carrageenan, salt, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, potassium chloride, DL-Methionine, taurine, magnesium sulfate, mono and dicalcium phosphate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), zinc sulfate, niacin (Vitamin B-3), ferrous sulfate, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin (Vitamin B-7), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide. A-2540


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
6.5%
Fat: (min)
3.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.0%
Carbs: (est)
8.0%
Ash: (est)
2.5%
Moisture: (max)
77.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
28%
Fat: (min)
13%
Fiber: (max)
13%
Carbs: (est)
35%
Ash: (est)
11%
Calories: (est)
76/100g

*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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