Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry) Review

Hill's Science Diet Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, wheat gluten and eggs

Est. Calories: 400 cal/100g

Price: $$$


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Overall, Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry) 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.


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.

Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • chicken

Questionable Ingredients

  • wheat gluten
  • whole grain wheat

Potential Allergens

  • wheat gluten
  • 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, Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry)'s most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source.

Additionally, Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry) also contains as top ingredients wheat gluten. 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 fish oil, wheat gluten and egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, wheat gluten or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry) has:

  • less protein than average
  • more carbohydrates than average
  • an average amount of fat
  • significantly 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, Hill's Science Diet Kitten Indoor (Dry) has approximately 400 calories per 100g (113 calories/ounce), which is considerably more 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 October 31, 2021.

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, Wheat Gluten, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat, Whole Grain Oats, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Wheat, Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, L-lysine, Flaxseed, Calcium Sulfate, Lactic Acid, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Dl-methionine, Choline Chloride, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Vitamins (vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source Of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Taurine, Minerals (ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Iodized Salt, Mixed Tocopherols For Freshness, Natural Flavors, Green Peas, Magnesium Oxide, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Beta-carotene, Broccoli.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
36.5%
Fat: (min)
19.7%
Fiber: (max)
0.8%
Carbs: (est)
29.8%
Ash: (est)
8.2%
Moisture: (max)
5.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
38%
Fat: (min)
21%
Fiber: (max)
1%
Carbs: (est)
31%
Ash: (est)
9%
Calories: (est)
400/100g

*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.


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