Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) Review

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Dry Cat Food Review


Quick Analysis

Ingredients:

Nutrition:

Potential Allergens: seafood, corn and soy

Est. Calories: 331 cal/100g

Price: $$$$$


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Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) is a veterinary cat food formula; it's ingredient and nutritional composition is highly specialized. In this case, comparing it to other general nutrition cat food products is not recommended as the products serve different purposes. The scores above are not an indication of the product's ability to address it's indicated purpose.

As always, please contact your veterinarian before feeding your cat a veterinary diet.


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.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) includes the following:

Quality Ingredients

  • tuna

Questionable Ingredients

  • corn gluten meal
  • whole grain corn
  • soybean meal

Potential Allergens

  • corn gluten meal
  • tuna
  • whole grain corn
  • soybean meal
  • fish oil

Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.

Although not the first product listed (which is the most plentiful), Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) does contain with its top ingredients tuna which are considered quality protein sources.

Additionally, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) also contains as top ingredients corn gluten meal, whole grain corn 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 tuna, fish oil, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn and soybean meal which may be problematic for cats who suffer from seafood, corn or soy food allergies.



Nutritional Analysis*

Compared to the other 2866 cat foods in our database, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) has:

  • less protein than average
  • significantly more carbohydrates than average
  • less fat than average
  • an average amount of fiber
  • 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, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care (Dry) has approximately 331 calories per 100g (94 calories/ounce), which is considerably fewer 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 May 22, 2022.

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:

Corn gluten meal, tuna, barley, whole grain corn, soybean meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, potato protein, animal liver flavor, powdered cellulose, fish oil, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, natural and artificial flavors, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, potassium citrate, salt, choline chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), niacin (Vitamin B-3), manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin (Vitamin B-7), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (Vitamin K), sodium selenite. A-2568


Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional information as published by the cat food manufacturer.*

Protein: (min)
33.0%
Fat: (min)
13.0%
Fiber: (max)
5.0%
Carbs: (est)
30.0%
Ash: (est)
7.0%
Moisture: (max)
12.0%

Dry Matter Analysis

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

Protein: (min)
38%
Fat: (min)
15%
Fiber: (max)
6%
Carbs: (est)
34%
Ash: (est)
8%
Calories: (est)
331/100g

*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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