Overall, Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula is a significantly below average cat food, earning 4 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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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 Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula includes the following:
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 Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. However, this product also lists poultry by-product meal within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.
Additionally, Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula also contains as top ingredients rice, corn gluten meal and wheat flour. 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 beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, fish meal, corn gluten meal, soy protein concentrate and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood, corn, soy or eggs food allergies.
Compared to the other 3174 cat foods in our database, Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Purina Pro Plan Complete Essentials Chicken & Rice Formula has approximately 303 calories per 100g (86 calories/ounce), which is 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
February 15, 2021.
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, rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, wheat flour, dried egg product, beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soy protein concentrate, natural flavor, fish meal, inulin, potassium chloride, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, salt, caramel color, choline chloride, vitamin e supplement, niacin (vitamin b-3, vitamin a supplement, calcium pantothenate (vitamin b-5, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin b-1, riboflavin supplement (vitamin b-2, vitamin b-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b-6, folic acid (vitamin b-9, vitamin d-3 supplement, biotin (vitamin b-7, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (vitamin k, taurine, minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, l-lysine monohydrochloride, dried bacillus coagulans fermentation product. l462319
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*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.