Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten Review

Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Review of Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten
Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

This product is manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc..

According to our data, this Hill's Ideal Balance recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for growing kittens and pregnant/nursing cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Unlike other AAFCO approved cat foods which rely in laboratory testing to substantiate nutritional adequacy, this recipe has undergone feeding trials. In the pet food industry, feeding trials are often considered to be the superior testing method.

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition for growing kittens and pregnant/nursing cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken. Chicken is the most common meat ingredient used in cat food. It provides high-quality protein and fat. However, more than 60% of chicken is water.

The second ingredient is brown rice. Brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, brown rice is easy to digest.

The third ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The fourth ingredient is pea protein. Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The fifth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewer's rice is the small fragments of rice kernel that are separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. The fragments do not contain the same nutrition profile of the whole kernel and therefore brewer's rice is a lower quality grain. Brewer's rice is typically regarded as an inexpensive and low quality filler.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe 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 Hill's Ideal Balance recipe.

Next we have chicken fat. Chicken fat is a relatively good source of linoleic acid, which is an important essential fatty acid.

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 yellow pea. Yellow peas are a good source of dietary fiber and minerals. They also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.

Moving on, we have natural chicken liver flavor. As the name implies, natural chicken liver flavor provides chicken liver flavor to the product. This particular flavor is derived from natural sources which may or may not include real chicken liver.

Moving on with this review, we have lactic acid, which is an organic compound. Lactic acid is most likely used in this recipe as a preservative.

The next ingredient in this review is flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Ideal Balance 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.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.

The official PawDiet rating for Hill's Ideal Balance Kitten Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe is 2.5 out of 5.