Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ Review

Chicken & Vegetable Stew

Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ Chicken & Vegetable Stew

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Review of Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+
Chicken & Vegetable Stew

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

According to our data, this Hill's Science Diet recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult 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 Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ Chicken and Vegetable Stew provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ Chicken and Vegetable Stew with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken broth. Chicken broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, chicken broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.

The second 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 third ingredient is pork liver. Pork liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, pork liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is carrot, which provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is rice. 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ Chicken and Vegetable Stew 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 Science Diet recipe.

Next we have rice starch. Rice starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from rice. Typically, rice starch is used as a binder in kibble.

The next ingredient is wheat gluten. 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.

Then we have spinach. Spinach is a nutritionally dense dark green vegetable rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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 powdered cellulose. Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The next ingredient in this review is soybean oil. Soybean oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), soybean oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source in the product.

The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by cats. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

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 Science Diet Youthful Vitality Adult 7+ Chicken and Vegetable Stew is 2.5 out of 5.