Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken Review

Simply Nourish Canned Cat Food Review



Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: dairy and eggs

Est. Calories: 63 cal/100g

Price: n/a

Overall, Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken is an above average cat food, earning 7 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.


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.

Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken
  • chicken liver

Questionable Ingredients

  • potato starch
  • tapioca starch
  • guar gum

Potential Allergens

  • dried egg product
  • dried skim milk

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, Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken liver as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your cat's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.

Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum, which is an additive that some experts claim may be a possible contributor to certain medical conditions in cats.

Allergen alert: This product contains dried skim milk and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from dairy or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2970 cat foods in our database, Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • significantly fewer carbohydrates than average
  • 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, Simply Nourish Merry Meals Chicken has approximately 63 calories per 100g (18 calories/ounce), which is considerably 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 June 27, 2017.

The authoritative source for ingredient lists and nutritional analysis for any pet food is always the pet food manufacturer.

Important Note: This product may have been discontinued by the manufacturer, as the above linked product website was no longer functioning when last checked.


Ingredients

Ingredients as published by the cat food manufacturer:

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Potato Starch, Dried Skim Milk, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Cranberries, Ground Flaxseed, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Sunflower Oil, Taurine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Inulin, Dl-Methionine


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
9.0%
Fat: (min)
3.0%
Fiber: (max)
1.5%
Carbs: (est)
1.8%
Ash: (est)
2.7%
Moisture: (max)
82.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
50%
Fat: (min)
17%
Fiber: (max)
8%
Carbs: (est)
10%
Ash: (est)
15%
Calories: (est)
63/100g

*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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