Purina Pro Plan True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree Review

Purina Pro Plan True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree
Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, meat by-products, salmon, natural flavor, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, xanthan gum, salt, carrageenan, taurine, choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement.
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Orange: controversial ingredients
Guaranteed Analysis & Dry Matter Basis
Carbohydrate
2.80 % (15.56 %)
Moisture (max)
82.00 % (0.00 %)
Crude Fiber (max)
1.50 % (8.33 %)
Crude Fat (min)
2.20 % (12.22 %)
Crude Protein (min)
11.00 % (61.11 %)
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Review of Purina Pro Plan True Nature
Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree

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.

Purina Pro Plan True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree 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 Purina Pro Plan True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is water sufficient for processing, which increases the food's moisture content.

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

The third 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 fourth 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.

The fifth 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Purina Pro Plan True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree 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 salmon. Although salmon is an excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source, raw salmon contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of salmon 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 next ingredient is natural flavor. Natural flavor is used to modify the foods flavor and increase palatability.

Then we have tricalcium phosphate. Tricalcium phosphate is typically used for its mineral contents. However, it can also be used to evenly disperse fat in wet food products.

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

The remaining ingredients in this Purina Pro Plan True Nature 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 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 True Nature Natural Chicken & Salmon Entree is 3.5 out of 5.