Purina Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula Review

Purina Pro Plan Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: beef, seafood, corn, soy and eggs

Est. Calories: 303 cal/100g

Price: $$

Overall, Purina Pro Plan Kitten 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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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 Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • rice
  • corn gluten meal
  • chicken by-product meal
  • soybean meal
  • soy protein isolate
  • poultry by-product meal
  • wheat flour

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols
  • soybean meal
  • soy protein isolate
  • fish meal
  • dried egg product
  • 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 Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source.

However, this product also lists chicken by-product meal within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.

Additionally, Purina Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula also contains as top ingredients rice and corn gluten meal. 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, fish oil, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, soy protein isolate and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood, corn, soy or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3134 cat foods in our database, Purina Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula has:

  • more protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • significantly 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, Purina Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula has approximately 303 calories per 100g (86 calories/ounce), which is considerably 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 September 19, 2020.

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, rice, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, soy protein isolate, fish meal, dried egg product, poultry by-product meal, natural flavor, wheat flour, sodium caseinate, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, salt, phosphoric acid, fish oil, potassium chloride, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, 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), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, taurine, DL-Methionine, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product. X462819


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
42.0%
Fat: (min)
2.0%
Fiber: (max)
2.5%
Carbs: (est)
39.7%
Ash: (est)
1.8%
Moisture: (max)
12.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
48%
Fat: (min)
2%
Fiber: (max)
3%
Carbs: (est)
45%
Ash: (est)
2%
Calories: (est)
303/100g

*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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