Please note that CatFoodDB may earn a small commission on purchases made via links on this site. Thank you for your support!Overall, 1st Choice Healthy Start is an above-average cat food, earning 7 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.
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.
1st Choice Healthy Start 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, 1st Choice Healthy Start's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains pork liver and salmon 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 and carrageenan gum, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in cats.
Allergen alert: This product contains salmon and salmon oil which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood food allergies.
Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, 1st Choice Healthy Start has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, 1st Choice Healthy Start has approximately 101 calories per 100g (28 calories/ounce), which is 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 22, 2022.
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, Chicken Broth, Pork Liver, Peas, Salmon, Lentils, Flaxseed, Pea Fiber, Guar Gum, Salmon Oil (a Sourceof Dha), Lecithin, Choline Chloride, Salt, Yeast Extract, Dl-methionine, Taurine, Dried Chicory Root (a Source Of Inulin), Carrageenan Gum, Cassia Gum, L-lysine, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement,ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Nicotinic Acid, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganous Sulfate, D-calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxinehydrochloride, Riboflavin, Biotin, Cholecalciferol (a Source Of Vitamin D3), Vitamin B12supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.
Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that 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 and moisture in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Optionally, manufacturers may also publish a product's ash content. When they are not published an average of 3% ash for wet food, and 6% ash for dry food, will be used. Because exact nutritional percentages are not available and 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. Any other manufacturer published values in a product's Guaranteed Analysis is done at the manufacture's discretion, and is not used in any of the calculations done by CatFoodDB.
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.