Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula Review

Trader Joe's Dry Cat Food Review

Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula

Quick Analysis



Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and eggs

Est. Calories: 374 cal/100g

Overall, Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula 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.

Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken meal
  • herring meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • ground whole corn
  • wheat meal
  • corn gluten meal

Potential Allergens

  • ground whole corn
  • corn gluten meal
  • herring meal
  • dried egg product

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, Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken meal, which is considered a quality protein source.

Additionally, Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula also contains as top ingredients ground whole corn, wheat meal 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 herring meal, ground whole corn, corn gluten meal and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or eggs food allergies.

Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 3134 cat foods in our database, Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula has:

  • significantly less protein than average
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • 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, Trader Joe's Premium Chicken Meal Formula has approximately 374 calories per 100g (106 calories/ounce), which is an average amount of 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 February 12, 2018.

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 meal, ground whole corn, wheat meal, corn gluten meal (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried tomato pomace, herring meal, natural flavor, dried egg product, dried chicory root, salt, whey, potassium chloride, vitamins (chlorine chloride, a-tocopherol acetate, niacin, vitamin a acetate, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, pyrideoxine hydrochloride, menadione, sodium bisulfte complex, riboflavin supplement, ascorbic acid, vitamin d3 supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, folic acid, biotin), minerals (zinc sulfate, zinc acid amino chelate, iron acid amino chelate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese amino acid amino chelate, copper amino acid amino chelate, oxide, sodium selenite, calcuim, lecithin, taurine, calcium carbonate), parsley flakes, kelp meal, DL-methionine, yucca extract, inositol

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

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Dry Matter Analysis

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

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*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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