Nutro Cat Food Ingredients

Nutro Logo

Nutro manufactures roughly 70 different cat food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Nutro uses roughly 136 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 Nutro, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 cat food ingredients.

  1. chicken broth
  2. chicken
  3. chicken liver
  4. chicken liver
  5. natural flavor

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Nutro is chicken broth. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken, followed by chicken liver, chicken liver, and natural flavor.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Nutro does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 70 Nutro 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, Nutro 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 Nutro 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 animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Nutro.

fish meal
1 Recipes

Fish meal is defined by AAFCO as "the clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cutting, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil." Since the specific type of fish is not mentioned, we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as tuna meal, salmon meal, catfish meal, etc.

The following recipes contain fish meal:

Cereal Grains

Certain Nutro cat food recipes contain one or more grains. The specific ingredients are listed below.

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

The 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.

ground rice
8 Recipes

Ground rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The following recipes contain ground rice:

rice gluten
2 Recipes
wheat flour
7 Recipes

Wheat flour is produced by grinding uncooked wheat into a powder. In addition to dietary fiber, wheat flour provides various vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein.</p><p>Wheat is considered a controversial ingredient because of it's protein content. Plant based proteins degrade the overall protein quality in the product. In addition, many people believe wheat is one of the most common ingredients to cause food allergies or intolerance. However, grains such as wheat are typically low offenders in comparison to certain protein sources such as beef.

The following recipes contain wheat flour:

whole grain sorghum
1 Recipes

Whole grain sorghum is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. This cereal grain also provides a modest amount of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and manganese.

The following recipes contain whole grain sorghum:

corn gluten meal
7 Recipes

Corn gluten meal is a by-product from the production of various corn products (corn starch, corn syrup, etc). It's very high in protein (nearly 60% protein) and therefore can significant boost the protein content of the product. Because plant based proteins such as corn gluten meal are inferior to meat based proteins (lack many essential amino acids), they are not suitable substitutes.

The following recipes contain corn gluten meal:

ground whole wheat
3 Recipes

Ground whole wheat contains the entire grain of wheat (the germ, bran, and endosperm). Wheat is regarded as an inexpensive and low-quality filler in pet food. However, wheat does provide plant-based protein and makes pet food more affordable for consumers. It's important to note that plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain ground whole wheat:

wheat gluten
6 Recipes

Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain wheat gluten:

rice bran
4 Recipes

Rice grains can be divided into three components: bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is the outer layer of the grain. The bran is an excellent fiber source, it also provide all three macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and various vitamins and minerals.

The following recipes contain rice bran:

oat bran
2 Recipes

Oat grains can be divided into three components: bran, germ, and endosperm. The bran is the outer layer of the grain. The bran is an excellent fiber source, it also provide all three macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and various vitamins and minerals.

The following recipes contain oat bran:

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce cat foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 8 controversial ingredients inside Nutro products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

iron oxide
2 Recipes

Iron oxide is an FDA approved natural food coloring agent. It's commonly found in rusting metal and provides a reddish-brown color.</p><p>We believe food colorants are unnecessary ingredients in cat food. Other than potential harm, food colorants do not provide any nutritional value. These type of ingredients are used only to make the food look appealing to humans.

The following recipes contain iron oxide:

corn gluten meal
7 Recipes

Corn gluten meal is a by-product from the production of various corn products (corn starch, corn syrup, etc). It's very high in protein (nearly 60% protein) and therefore can significant boost the protein content of the product. Because plant based proteins such as corn gluten meal are inferior to meat based proteins (lack many essential amino acids), they are not suitable substitutes.

The following recipes contain corn gluten meal:

ground whole wheat
3 Recipes

Ground whole wheat contains the entire grain of wheat (the germ, bran, and endosperm). Wheat is regarded as an inexpensive and low-quality filler in pet food. However, wheat does provide plant-based protein and makes pet food more affordable for consumers. It's important to note that plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain ground whole wheat:

wheat gluten
6 Recipes

Wheat gluten is the main protein of wheat. Although wheat gluten is mostly protein, wheat gluten is considered controversial because it significantly boosts the protein content of the product. This is undesirable because plant based protein does not provide the same amino acid profile as meat based protein.

The following recipes contain wheat gluten:

tomato pomace
4 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

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.

There are certain situations where these ingredients may be necessary. We always recommend contacting Nutro for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain Nutro recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
28 Recipes

Menadione sodium bisulfite complex is a synthetic version of vitamin K that has been linked to many health concerns. Research has suggested possible toxic reactions in liver cells and red blood cells among other serious problems. In fact, one large chemical supplier warns, "The substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage."

The following recipes contain menadione sodium bisulfite complex:

Nutro Cat Food Ingredient Lists

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Grain Free Adult Duck & Potato Recipe

Loading...

Nutro Grain Free Adult Chicken & Potato Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Hairball Control

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Indoor Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials White Fish & Brown Rice Recipe For Indoor Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Senior Cats

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Kittens

Loading...

Nutro Max Roasted Chicken Flavor For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Salmon Flavor For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Roasted Chicken Flavor For Indoor Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Salmon Flavor For Indoor Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Weight Control For Indoor Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Roasted Chicken Flavor For Kittens

Loading...

Nutro Max Roasted Chicken Flavor For Senior Cats

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Farm-Raised Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Weight Management

Loading...

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Adult Chunky Loaf Chicken Dinner

Loading...

Nutro Adult Chunky Loaf Salmon & Duck Dinner

Loading...

Nutro Adult Chunky Loaf Salmon & Tuna Dinner

Loading...

Nutro Adult Chunky Loaf Turkey Dinner

Loading...

Nutro Adult Minced Chicken & Shrimp Cuisine In Tasty Gravy

Loading...

Nutro Adult Minced Chicken Cuisine In Tasty Gravy

Loading...

Nutro Adult Sliced Chicken & Tuna Entree In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Sliced Salmon Entree In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Sliced Turkey & Salmon Entree In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Sliced Turkey Entree In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Soft Loaf Cod & Catfish Recipe

Loading...

Nutro Adult Soft Loaf Duck Recipe

Loading...

Nutro Adult Soft Loaf Turkey Recipe

Loading...

Nutro Adult Breakfast Scrambles Chicken & Egg Skillet In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Breakfast Scrambles Chicken, Egg & Salmon Skillet In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Breakfast Scrambles Salmon & Egg Skillet In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Adult Breakfast Scrambles Tuna & Egg Skillet In Savory Sauce

Loading...

Nutro Kitten Minced Salmon Cuisine In Tasty Gravy

Loading...

Nutro Kitten Soft Loaf Chicken Recipe

Loading...

Nutro Max Chicken & Lamb Formula For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Chicken & Liver Formula For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Chicken Supreme Entree Chunks In Sauce For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Lamb & Turkey Cutlets Entree Chunks In Sauce For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Oceanfish Formula For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Salmon Entree Chunks In Sauce For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Seafood & Tomato Bisque Chunks In Sauce For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Turkey & Chicken Liver Entree Chunks In Sauce For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Turkey & Giblets Formula For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max With Savory Venison Chunks In Sauce For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Max Chicken & Liver Formula For Kittens

Loading...

Nutro Max Chicken & Oceanfish Formula For Kittens

Loading...

Nutro Max Lite With Turkey & Chicken

Loading...

Nutro Max Chicken & Lamb Formula For Senior Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Chicken & Liver Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Chicken, Liver & Shrimp Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Chicken & Shrimp Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Salmon & Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Turkey Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Chicken Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Beef Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Catfish and Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Chicken and Salmon Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Chicken Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Salmon and Shrimp Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Salmon Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Tuna Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Cuts In Gravy Real Turkey Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Salmon & Chicken Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Perfect Portions Grain Free Pate Real Turkey & Liver Recipe For Adult Cats

Loading...

Nutro Senior Minced Chicken & Salmon Cuisine In Tasty Gravy

Loading...

Nutro Senior Minced Cod & Tuna Cuisine In Tasty Gravy

Loading...

Nutro Senior Soft Loaf Chicken Recipe

Loading...

Nutro Senior Soft Loaf Cod Recipe

Loading...