Purina Pro Plan Focus Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+ Review

Purina Pro Plan Focus Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+
Ingredients: Chicken, liver, water sufficient for processing, meat by-products, beef, fish, salmon, artificial flavor, natural flavor, potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, guar gum, taurine, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, added color, salt, citric acid, tricalcium phosphate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, choline chloride.
Red: harmful ingredients
Orange: controversial ingredients
Guaranteed Analysis & Dry Matter Basis
Carbohydrate
4.00 % (18.18 %)
Moisture (max)
78.00 % (0.00 %)
Crude Fiber (max)
1.50 % (6.82 %)
Crude Fat (min)
6.00 % (27.27 %)
Crude Protein (min)
10.00 % (45.45 %)
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Review of Purina Pro Plan Focus
Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+

This product is manufactured by Nestlé Purina Petcare.

According to our data, this Purina Pro Plan 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 Purina Pro Plan Focus Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+ provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Purina Pro Plan Focus Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+ with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

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 water sufficient for processing, which is a fairly self-explanatory ingredient.

The fourth 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 fifth 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Purina Pro Plan Focus Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+ 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 Purina Pro Plan recipe.

Next we have fish. Fish is typically an excellent protein and fat source. However, the specific type of fish is not mentioned and therefore we cannot discuss any specific qualities of this ingredient. In general, anonymous ingredients are low quality inclusions when compared to ingredients such as mackerel, cod, salmon, etc.

The next ingredient is salmon. Salmon is another excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source. As with other raw meats, salmon contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of salmon is dramatically reduced after cooking.

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. The sole purpose of natural flavor is to improve palatability.

Moving on with this review, we have potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.

The remaining ingredients in this Purina Pro Plan Focus 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 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 Purina Pro Plan Focus Classic Chicken & Beef Entree For Adult 11+ is 3.5 out of 5.