Nulo Cat Food Ingredients

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Nulo manufactures roughly 50 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Nulo ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Nulo uses roughly 113 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Cat food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Nulo, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken broth
  3. chicken meal
  4. cod
  5. dried egg whites

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Nulo is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken broth, followed by chicken meal, cod, and dried egg whites.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Nulo does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 50 Nulo cat foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most cats consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Nulo does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Nulo have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive cat foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 113 Nulo ingredients. According to our data, Nulo does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Cereal Grains

For cats, we typically recommend choosing a grain-free recipe. Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore grains are not species appropriate.

According to our data, Nulo cat food recipes do not contain grains. In other words, all recipes are grain-free.

Please note, kibble production requires a binding agent. Grains are commonly used for this purpose in cat food. When purchasing grain-free cat food, grains are often replaced with another starchy source. This is also not ideal.

To avoid grains and other starchy additions, consider feeding wet or frozen recipes.

Controversial Ingredients

Brands which do not use any controversial ingredients are typically top-of-the-line. Avoiding all controversial ingredients indicates that the brand has not sacrificed quality for cost savings.

Our research indicates that Nulo is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 113 Nulo ingredients and none of these ingredients were classified as controversial in our system

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Nulo ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium cat food brand.

Nulo Cat Food Ingredient Lists

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MedalSeries
Adult Cat - Chicken & Peas Recipe
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MedalSeries Adult Cat - Chicken & Peas Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
cod
whole pea

Nulo

MedalSeries
Adult Cat - Salmon & Lentils Recipe
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MedalSeries Adult Cat - Salmon & Lentils Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
turkey meal
chicken meal
cod
whole pea

Nulo

MedalSeries
Cat & Kitten - Cod & Duck Recipe
Nulo
MedalSeries Cat & Kitten - Cod & Duck Recipe
First Five Ingredients
cod
turkey meal
chicken meal
green lentil
whole pea

Nulo

MedalSeries
Cat & Kitten - Turkey & Cod Recipe
Nulo
MedalSeries Cat & Kitten - Turkey & Cod Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey meal
chicken meal
cod
whole pea

Nulo

MedalSeries
Indoor Cat - Duck & Cod Recipe
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MedalSeries Indoor Cat - Duck & Cod Recipe
First Five Ingredients
duck
turkey meal
chicken meal
cod
chickpea

Nulo

MedalSeries
Indoor Cat - Trout & Duck Recipe
Nulo
MedalSeries Indoor Cat - Trout & Duck Recipe
First Five Ingredients
trout
turkey meal
chicken meal
whole pea
lentil

Nulo

MedalSeries
Indoor Cat - Turkey & Chicken Recipe
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MedalSeries Indoor Cat - Turkey & Chicken Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey meal
chicken meal
whole pea
chickpea

Nulo

FreeStyle
Cat & Kitten - Turkey & Duck Recipe
Nulo
FreeStyle Cat & Kitten - Turkey & Duck Recipe
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey meal
menhaden meal
cod
yellow pea

Nulo

FreeStyle
Senior - Alaska Pollock, Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe
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FreeStyle Senior - Alaska Pollock, Duck & Sweet Potato Recipe
First Five Ingredients
pollock
chicken meal
turkey meal
yellow pea
green lentil

Nulo

FreeStyle
Adult Trim Cat - Salmon & Lentils Recipe
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FreeStyle Adult Trim Cat - Salmon & Lentils Recipe
First Five Ingredients
salmon
turkey meal
chicken meal
cod
whole pea

Nulo

FreeStyle
Indoor Cat - Duck & Lentils Recipe
Nulo
FreeStyle Indoor Cat - Duck & Lentils Recipe
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken meal
turkey meal
cod
whole pea

Nulo

FreeStyle
Cat & Kitten - Chicken & Cod Recipe
Nulo
FreeStyle Cat & Kitten - Chicken & Cod Recipe
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
turkey meal
cod
whole pea

Nulo

FreeStyle Freeze-Dried Raw
Chicken & Salmon Recipe For Cats
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FreeStyle Freeze-Dried Raw Chicken & Salmon Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
salmon
chicken neck
chicken liver
chicken heart

Nulo

FreeStyle Freeze-Dried Raw
Turkey & Duck Recipe For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Freeze-Dried Raw Turkey & Duck Recipe For Cats
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey neck
turkey liver
duck
duck liver

Nulo

FreeStyle
Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe In Gravy
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FreeStyle Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
duck broth
turkey liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

MedalSeries
Beef & Lamb Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
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MedalSeries Beef & Lamb Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef liver
turkey
beef broth
whitefish

Nulo

MedalSeries
Chicken & Herring Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
MedalSeries Chicken & Herring Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
chicken
turkey
chicken liver
chicken broth
herring

Nulo

MedalSeries
Duck & Tuna Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
MedalSeries Duck & Tuna Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken
turkey liver
duck broth
tuna

Nulo

MedalSeries
Minced Beef & Mackerel Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
MedalSeries Minced Beef & Mackerel Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
herring broth
beef liver
mackerel

Nulo

MedalSeries
Minced Salmon & Turkey Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
MedalSeries Minced Salmon & Turkey Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
turkey broth
turkey liver
turkey

Nulo

MedalSeries
Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
MedalSeries Minced Turkey & Duck Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
duck broth
turkey liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

MedalSeries
Salmon & Mackerel Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
MedalSeries Salmon & Mackerel Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
turkey
turkey liver
salmon broth
whitefish

Nulo

MedalSeries
Shredded Beef & Rainbow Trout Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
MedalSeries Shredded Beef & Rainbow Trout Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
herring broth
beef liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

MedalSeries
Shredded Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
MedalSeries Shredded Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
duck broth
chicken liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

MedalSeries
Shredded Turkey & Halibut Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
MedalSeries Shredded Turkey & Halibut Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
salmon broth
turkey liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

MedalSeries
Trout & Salmon Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
MedalSeries Trout & Salmon Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
trout
chicken
chicken liver
salmon broth
tuna

Nulo

MedalSeries
Turkey & Chicken Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
MedalSeries Turkey & Chicken Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken
turkey liver
turkey broth
tuna

Nulo

FreeStyle
Minced Beef & Mackerel Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
FreeStyle Minced Beef & Mackerel Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
herring broth
beef liver
mackerel

Nulo

FreeStyle
Minced Salmon & Turkey Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
FreeStyle Minced Salmon & Turkey Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
salmon
salmon broth
turkey broth
turkey liver
turkey

Nulo

FreeStyle
Shredded Beef & Rainbow Trout Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
FreeStyle Shredded Beef & Rainbow Trout Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
herring broth
beef liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

FreeStyle
Shredded Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
FreeStyle Shredded Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
duck broth
chicken liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

FreeStyle
Shredded Turkey & Halibut Recipe In Gravy
Nulo
FreeStyle Shredded Turkey & Halibut Recipe In Gravy
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
salmon broth
turkey liver
dried egg whites

Nulo

FreeStyle
Chicken & Herring Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
FreeStyle Chicken & Herring Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
chicken
turkey
chicken liver
chicken broth
herring

Nulo

FreeStyle
Trout & Salmon Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
FreeStyle Trout & Salmon Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
trout
chicken
chicken liver
salmon broth
tuna

Nulo

FreeStyle
Beef & Lamb Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
FreeStyle Beef & Lamb Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef liver
turkey
beef broth
whitefish

Nulo

FreeStyle
Duck & Tuna Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
FreeStyle Duck & Tuna Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
duck
chicken
turkey liver
duck broth
tuna

Nulo

FreeStyle
Salmon & Mackerel Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
FreeStyle Salmon & Mackerel Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
salmon
turkey
turkey liver
salmon broth
whitefish

Nulo

FreeStyle
Turkey & Chicken Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
Nulo
FreeStyle Turkey & Chicken Recipe (Canned Cat Food)
First Five Ingredients
turkey
chicken
turkey liver
turkey broth
tuna

Nulo

MedalSeries
Chicken In Chicken Broth For Cats
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MedalSeries Chicken In Chicken Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth

Nulo

MedalSeries
Chicken & Mackerel In Broth For Cats
Nulo
MedalSeries Chicken & Mackerel In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
mackerel

Nulo

MedalSeries
Chicken & Salmon In Broth For Cats
Nulo
MedalSeries Chicken & Salmon In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
salmon broth
salmon

Nulo

MedalSeries
Chicken, Yellowfin Tuna & Duck In Broth For Cats
Nulo
MedalSeries Chicken, Yellowfin Tuna & Duck In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
tuna broth
yellowfin tuna
duck

Nulo

MedalSeries
Sardine & Beef In Broth For Cats
Nulo
MedalSeries Sardine & Beef In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
sardine
sardine broth
beef
beef broth

Nulo

MedalSeries
Yellowfin Tuna & Shrimp In Broth For Cats
Nulo
MedalSeries Yellowfin Tuna & Shrimp In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
yellowfin tuna
tuna broth
shrimp broth
shrimp

Nulo

FreeStyle
Chicken In Chicken Broth For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Chicken In Chicken Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth

Nulo

FreeStyle
Chicken & Mackerel In Broth For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Chicken & Mackerel In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
mackerel

Nulo

FreeStyle
Chicken & Salmon In Broth For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
salmon broth
salmon

Nulo

FreeStyle
Chicken, Yellowfin Tuna & Duck In Broth For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Chicken, Yellowfin Tuna & Duck In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
tuna broth
yellowfin tuna
duck

Nulo

FreeStyle
Sardine & Beef In Broth For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Sardine & Beef In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
sardine
sardine broth
beef
beef broth

Nulo

FreeStyle
Yellowfin Tuna & Shrimp In Broth For Cats
Nulo
FreeStyle Yellowfin Tuna & Shrimp In Broth For Cats
First Five Ingredients
yellowfin tuna
tuna broth
shrimp broth
shrimp