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Science Diet are well known. You’ll find this food in every veterinary practice, and they’ll happily recommend it to you.
Let’s take a look at the Adult Indoor recipe…
First off we have chicken which is arguably an improvement over the chicken by-product meal they used to use, but once the chicken is cooked into kibble form it will lose approximately 70% of it’s weight. In pet foods the ingredients are listed by weight prior to cooking, not after, and that changes the nutritional content completely.
Given the chicken will be cooked off, that makes the dominant ingredient in the food to be wheat, one of the cheapest, most allergenic, non-nutritious grains available. That’s great for Hills and their profit margin, but sadly not good for your cat. Cats are carnivores for pity’s sake, they shouldn’t be eating a predominantly wheat diet.
Next we have Corn Gluten Meal. This will bulk up the protein in the food, but from a source that cats find hard to digest. They need meat, not corn. It’s also worth noting that feeding corn gluten meal (CGM) over a long period of time can promote allergies in your cat. So why do we find it in pet foods? Because it’s cheap.
Thankfully we have pork fat, which will provide energy and essential nutrients.
The next ingredient is powdered cellulose, something we often find in roof insulation. It’s a pulp from fibrous plant material, or in other words sawdust. 100% filler. It’s awful seeing such an ingredient, especially in the top five.
It’s not good to see Wheat gluten either, and Chicken liver flavour? I’d rather see chicken liver! Lactic acid (to prevent salmonella in poor quality meat)… soybean oil (cause of allergies)…
We have a range of vitamins and minerals, and also choice fruits and veggies, so that goes some way to rectifying the wheat which will be the bulk of the food.
This food gets 2 stars as it’s better than brands you find in the supermarkets, and it’s good to see they’ve marginally improved the formula over time. It used to be mainly by-products and brewers rice thrown out the back of a local brewery.
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* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Powdered Cellulose, Pea Bran Meal, Dried Egg Product, Wheat Gluten, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Taurine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement,L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), L-Carnitine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Oat Fiber, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors, Dried Apples, Dried Broccoli, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Peas.
25/03/2015 – Review and ingredients updated