Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe Review

Merrick Dry Cat Food Review


Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe

Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, dairy and eggs

Est. Calories: 363 cal/100g


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Overall, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe 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.


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.

Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • deboned salmon
  • chicken meal
  • turkey meal

Questionable Ingredients

  • brown rice

Potential Allergens

  • deboned salmon
  • dried egg product
  • dried whey protein concentrate

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, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe's most plentiful ingredient listed is deboned salmon, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal and turkey meal as additional quality protein sources.

Additionally, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe also contains as top ingredients brown rice. 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 deboned salmon, dried whey protein concentrate and dried egg product which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, dairy or eggs food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe has:

  • an average amount of protein
  • 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, Merrick Purrfect Bistro Healthy Grains Real Salmon + Brown Rice Recipe has approximately 363 calories per 100g (103 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 December 11, 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:

Deboned Salmon, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat, Dried Egg Product, Potato Protein, Pea Protein, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Chicory Root (source of Inulin), Choline Chloride, Dried Whey Protein Concentrate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Organic Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Taurine, Phosphoric Acid, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium lodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Cobalt Carbonate), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Citric Acid for freshness, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product.


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
36.0%
Fat: (min)
17.0%
Fiber: (max)
3.5%
Carbs: (est)
26.5%
Ash: (est)
6.0%
Moisture: (max)
11.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
40%
Fat: (min)
19%
Fiber: (max)
4%
Carbs: (est)
30%
Ash: (est)
7%
Calories: (est)
363/100g

*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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