Please note that CatFoodDB may earn a small commission on purchases made via links on this site. Thank you for your support!Overall, Purina Cat Chow Naturals Original 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.
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.
Purina Cat Chow Naturals Original 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, Purina Cat Chow Naturals Original's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. However, this product also lists chicken by-product meal within its top ingredients. By-products are typically considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients.
Additionally, Purina Cat Chow Naturals Original also contains as top ingredients corn gluten meal, rice and soybean 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 beef fat, salmon, corn gluten meal, ground yellow corn and soybean meal which may be problematic for cats who suffer from beef, seafood, corn or soy food allergies.
Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, Purina Cat Chow Naturals Original has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Purina Cat Chow Naturals Original has approximately 342 calories per 100g (96 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
January 4, 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, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-product Meal, Rice, Soybean Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Whole Wheat Flour, Beef Fat, Salmon, Natural Liver Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Natural Flavors, Spinach (dried), Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (vitamin B-3), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate (vitamin B-5), Thiamine Mononitrate (vitamin B-1), Riboflavin Supplement (vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), Folic Acid (vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Biotin (vitamin B-7), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (vitamin K), Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Chloride,
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.