Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Review

Beef & Lamb Meal Formula

Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef & Lamb Meal Formula

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Review of Natural Balance Wild Pursuit
Beef & Lamb Meal Formula

This product is manufactured by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Natural Balance Pet Foods is a subsidiary of Big Heart Pet Brands. In addition to Natural Balance, Big Heart Pet Brands also owns Nature's Recipe, Milk Bone, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, PupPeroni, Ally Cat, and several other brands.

According to our data, this Natural Balance recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef & Lamb Meal Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef & Lamb Meal Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef 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 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 third ingredient is dried pea. Dried peas are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.

The fourth ingredient is dried garbanzo bean. Dried garbanzo beans are also commonly refereed to as chickpeas. As with many other legumes, dried garbanzo beans are naturally rich in dietary fiber and plant based protein. In addition, dried garbanzo beans supply a notable amount of B vitamins and minerals such as iron and phosphorus.

The fifth 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef & Lamb Meal Formula 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 Natural Balance recipe.

Next we have lamb meal. Lamb meal is produced by cooking lamb using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of lamb and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

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

Then we have dried potato. Dried potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten-free carbohydrate source. In addition to carbohydrates, dried potatoes also supply protein and various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Moving on, we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Chicken fat is a relatively good source of linoleic acid, which is an important essential fatty acid.

Moving on with this review, we have 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 remaining ingredients in this Natural Balance Wild Pursuit 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 Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Beef & Lamb Meal Formula is 3.0 out of 5.