NutriSource Dry Cat Food Review

Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas Formula

NutriSource Dry Cat Food Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas Formula

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Review of NutriSource Dry Cat Food
Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas Formula

This product is manufactured by KLN Family Brands.

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

NutriSource Dry Cat Food Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas 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 NutriSource Dry Cat Food Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first 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 second ingredient is pea. Peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.

The third ingredient is pea fiber. Pea fiber is a concentrated dietary fiber source. Fiber can help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote colon health.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a nutritious carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. Unlike pearled barley, regular barley contains the entire grain.

The fifth ingredient is oatmeal. Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and therefore contains the entire oat grain. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in NutriSource Dry Cat Food Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas 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 NutriSource recipe.

Next we have natural flavor. Unlike artificial flavoring, natural flavoring is produced using plants and/or animal parts.

The next ingredient is dried beet pulp. Dried beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The primary contribution of beet pulp is dietary fiber.

We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

Then we have fish meal. 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.

Moving on, we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid). Fat is an important part of your cats diet, chicken fat in particular is an outstanding source of omega-6 fatty acids.

The remaining ingredients in this NutriSource Dry Cat Food 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 contains 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 NutriSource Dry Cat Food Senior / Weight Management - Chicken Meal & Peas Formula is 2.5 out of 5.