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Science Diet for cats is an absolute disaster, but luckily for dogs it isn’t quite as bad. This still doesn’t mean it is worth the outrageous price, though, as many better foods can be found for the same or less price.
They use lamb meal as the top ingredient and that’s great. A “meal” at the top is the best thing to see. Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., however, is not a good 2nd fiddle, and neither is rice flour at 3rd. Rice is a good grain, if the company uses it as such. When they use a byproduct of the alcohol industry (brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes.) or rice flour, much of the benefit is lost, and they use it because it’s cheaper. Shame on them. The inclusion of corn gluten meal and wheat is also shameful, because Science Diet knows very well that the benefits of these ingredients are slim to none, while the drawbacks can be great.
To their credit, they do use barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. and soybean oil★★★ Source of fat for energy, healthy coat. Fine for dogs., which are pretty good ingredients. Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. is also very welcome as a source for Omega fatty acids. This will not even come close to trumping the fact that they only have one meat source alongside tons of grains, however. For the money, you can do so much better it’s really not even funny.
What’s good about this food….
Lamb meal first, flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber..
….and what’s not so good.
Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., wheat, corn gluten mealare all present. Meat looks low.
Lamb Meal, Brewers Rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., Rice Flour, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Corn Gluten Meal, Cracked Pearled Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality.★★★★★ A nutritive, wonderful grain., Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.), Dried Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Soybean Oil★★★ Source of fat for energy, healthy coat. Fine for dogs., Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Iodized Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride.★ Used to cover rancid meats and fats, get cats to drink more – causes kidney dysfunction, hypertension., vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement), Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., minerals (Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Zinc Oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and Citric Acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic., Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..