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You’ve got to hand it to Nutro: they’ve done an excellent job in promotion and distribution. Nutro saddles the line between being an ultra-premium food and just a “regular” food. For that, it can be found both in higher end pet stores and in big box stores like Petsmart. It’s one of the few that can do that, the others being Science Diet and Royal Canin. Also, as far as promotion goes, they’ve gone a long way toward getting vets to recommend their foods, and to get pet stores to recommend them or give them large displays. Is it warranted though?? Is their food good enough?? Well…. Not really.
I’ll give credit where credit is due here. Chicken meal is the number 1 ingredient, and that’s important. This food doesn’t have any by-products either. No animal digest and no beef tallow. Those are all great to see, and it means your cat probably won’t be eating anything completely disgusting.
However, what’s with corn gluten meal as the 3rd ingredient?? Obviously Nutro knows this is completely worthless filler, so what’s the deal?? Don’t they charge enough for their food that they can use quality ingredients? Also, why rice flour? They already used ground rice, which is good for their 2nd ingredient, so what’s the point in putting in rice flour 4th, when it isn’t a good way to feed rice? I’m confused.
Again though, I’m happy to see flaxseed, fish oils, and sunflower oil in this food. That’s a solid lineup of oils for heart health and a nice coat. They also use oat fiber and vegetable fiber, which are good ways to put fiber in a cat food. Then there’s tuna meal, which is a bit far down the list but at least it’s there.
It’s a so-so food, probably one of the best you’ll find in a big-box store, but one of the worst in a specialty food store which carries real premium foods.
Where to buy?
We recommend Only Natural Pet Store as an ethical retailer selling high quality pet foods:
What’s good about this food….
Chicken meal is first, rice is main grain, sunflower and fish oils plus flaxseed included, fair amount of vegetables for fiber.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn gluten is 3rd.
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Rice Flour, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Tuna Meal (source of Oceanfish Flavor), Oat Fiber, Menhaden Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Dried Vegetable Fiber (Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach), Tomato Pomace, Soy Protein Concentrate, Choline Chloride, Cranberry Powder, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Dried Egg Product, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, L-Carnitine, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Inositol, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Chicory Root, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Beta-Carotene, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.