Please note that CatFoodDB may earn a small commission on purchases made via links on this site. Thank you for your support!Overall, 9Lives Daily Essentials is a significantly below average cat food, earning 2 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.
9Lives Daily Essentials 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, 9Lives Daily Essentials includes chicken by-product meal. By-products are typically considered an inferior, lesser quality ingredient in cat food.
Additionally, 9Lives Daily Essentials also contains as top ingredients whole ground corn, soybean 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.
Please also be aware that this product contains bha, which is a preservative that some experts claim may be a possible contributor to certain medical conditions in cats.
Allergen alert: This product contains beef fat, salmon meal, whole ground corn, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, red 40, yellow 5 and blue 2 which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood, corn, soy or artifical colors food allergies.
Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, 9Lives Daily Essentials has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, 9Lives Daily Essentials has approximately 322 calories per 100g (91 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
July 3, 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:
Whole Ground Corn, Chicken By-product Meal, Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Beef Fat (preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Whole Wheat, Meat & Bone Meal, Animal Digest, Salmon Meal, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Titanium Dioxide (color), Choline Chloride, Vitamins (vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source Of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Minerals (ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Red 40, Taurine, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Lactic Acid, Bha (used As A Preservative), Blue 1, Blue 2, Rosemary Extract
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.