Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Chicken & Duck Entree Review
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Review of Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken
Chicken & Duck Entree
This product is manufactured by Mars Petcare Inc..
According to our data, this Whiskas recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Chicken & Duck Entree is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult cats.
We'll begin this review of Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Chicken & Duck Entree with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is water sufficient for processing. Water of course only provides moisture, a necessary component of wet products.
The second ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.
The third ingredient is duck. Although duck is an excellent animal based protein source, raw duck contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of duck 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 fourth 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 fifth ingredient is modified corn starch. Modified corn starch is derived from the endosperm of the corn kernel. The modified term indicates that the corn starch has been treated or processed in order to expose or improve some property. Typically, corn starch is used as a binder in kibble.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Chicken & Duck 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 Whiskas recipe.
Next we have 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 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 natural flavor. Natural flavor enhances the flavor of the product. The difference between natural and artificial flavoring is that natural flavoring starts from a plant or animal whereas artificial flavoring is entirely man-made.
Moving on, we have guar gum. Guar gum (or guaran) is obtained from guar beans which have been dehusked, milled and screened. It's commonly used in wet food products as a thickening agent and provides a notable amount of dietary fiber.
The remaining ingredients in this Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken 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.
In summary, we recognize that this product contains artificial preservatives. Many artificial preservatives have adverse health affects and therefore we prefer products preserved naturally. However, artificial preservatives used in very small quantities do not necessarily imply the product is unhealthy or low quality.
Studies have show that many artificial preservatives are typically safe in small quantities. However, our pets typically consumed the same product for multiple years and this type of exposure is not necessarily well researched.
The official PawDiet rating for Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken Chicken & Duck Entree is 4.0 out of 5.