Fancy Feast Kitten Review
Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast
Review of Fancy Feast Kitten
Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast
This product is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare.
According to our data, this Fancy Feast recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for growing kittens. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growing kittens.
We'll begin this review of Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is ocean whitefish. Although ocean whitefish is an excellent protein and fat source, raw ocean whitefish contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of ocean whitefish is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The second ingredient is liver. Liver is a controversial ingredient because the source animal is not specified. Anonymous animal ingredients are typically very low quality and may contain almost any animal, including dogs and cats!
The third ingredient is meat by-products. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, meat by-products contain nearly all parts of the animal which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.
This ingredient is marked controversial because the meat source is not identified. Anonymous ingredients such as meat by-products are typically very low quality additions. The most unpleasing property of this ingredient is that the animal source can contain any mammal, even dogs & cats.
The fourth ingredient is fish broth. Fish broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, fish broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The fifth ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast are not as important as the first five ingredients.
However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Fancy Feast recipe.
Next we have milk. As long you cat is not lactose-intolerant, milk is a good addition to the recipe.
The next ingredient is egg product. Egg product consists of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.
Then we have artificial flavor. Artificial flavor is an ingredient which improves the palatability of food. Unlike natural flavor, artificial flavor is not derived from a natural source. However, artificial flavors on a scientific level are indistinguishable from their natural counterparts.
Moving on, we have natural flavor. Unlike artificial flavoring, natural flavoring is produced using plants and/or animal parts.
Moving on with this review, we have tricalcium phosphate. Tricalcium phosphate is typically used for its mineral contents. However, it can also be used to evenly disperse fat in wet food products.
The next ingredient in this review is added color. The ingredient "added color" is ambiguous and may include various artificial dyes. Most artificial dyes have been linked to various chronic diseases.
Our next ingredient is guar gum. Guar gum (or guaran) is obtained from guar beans which have been dehusked, milled and screened. It's commonly used in wet food products as a thickening agent and provides a notable amount of dietary fiber.
potassium chloride is the next ingredient in this recipe. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
Next on the list is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and cats. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
The remaining ingredients in this Fancy Feast Kitten recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.
Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by cats. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.
In summary, we recognize that this product contains artificial colors and anonymous meat ingredients.
Although the FDA has approved the artificial colors used in this product, they are unnecessary and unhealthy additions. Long term exposure can have serious consequences. See our article on artificial food dyes for more information.
In regards to the anonymous meat ingredients, These are not necessarily always negative; however, they are typically low quality and inexpensive additions. If the particular anonymous meat ingredient is controversial or low quality, it should have been discussed earlier in this review. Otherwise, it is safe to assume the anonymous meat ingredient is an acceptable addition.
The official PawDiet rating for Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Ocean Whitefish Feast is 3.5 out of 5.