Purina Pro Plan Focus Cat Food Reviews


CANNED
Go to Adult 11+ Chicken & Beef Entrée Classic
Go to Adult 11+ Salmon & Tuna Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Chicken Entrée in Gravy
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Salmon Entrée in Sauce
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Turkey Entrée
Go to Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Entrée in Sauce
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Beef & Chicken Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entrée in Gravy
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Ocean Whitefish Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Turkey & Giblets Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula with Salmon
Go to Adult Weight Management Turkey & Rice Entrée Ground
Go to Kitten Chicken & Liver Entrée Classic
Go to Kitten Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entrée Flaked
Go to Kitten Salmon & Ocean Whitefish Entrée Classic
DRY
Go to Adult 11+ Chicken & Rice Formula
Go to Adult 11+ Indoor Care Turkey & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Hairball Management Chicken & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula
Go to Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Indoor Care Turkey & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Herring & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Lamb & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula
Go to Adult Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula
Go to Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula



Purina
Focus Adult 11+ Chicken & Beef Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Chicken, liver, water sufficient for processing, meat by-products, beef, salmon, artificial and natural flavors, potassium chloride, guar gum, taurine, added color, calcium phosphate, Vitamin E supplement, citric acid, salt, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Beef – Meat, skin, and bone of cattle. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, it loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult 11+ Salmon & Tuna Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Salmon, liver, water sufficient for processing, meat by products, chicken, tuna, artificial and natural flavors, calcium phosphate, added color, potassium chloride, guar gum, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, citric acid, salt, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Chicken, liver, water sufficient for processing, meat by products, beef, salmon, artificial and natural flavors, potassium chloride, guar gum, taurine, added color, calcium phosphate, Vitamin E supplement, citric acid, salt, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), choline chloride, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Beef – Meat, skin, and bone of cattle. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, it loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Chicken Entrée in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, meat by products, corn starch modified, artificial and natural flavors, salt, soy protein concentrate, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, added color, taurine, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, mono and dicalcium phosphate, zinc sulfate, L Carnitine, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Ingredients to Point Out

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Overall Score


Purina
Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Salmon Entrée in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, salmon, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, artificial and natural flavors, salt, soy protein concentrate, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, added color, taurine, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, mono and dicalcium phosphate, zinc sulfate, L-Carnitine, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), copper sulfate, magnesium sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Turkey Entrée

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, turkey, liver, wheat gluten, meat by products, corn starch modified, artificial and natural flavors, salt, soy protein concentrate, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, added color, taurine, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, mono and dicalcium phosphate, zinc sulfate, L Carnitine, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Ingredients to Point Out

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Overall Score


Purina
Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Entrée in Sauce

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, salmon, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, corn bran, chicken, corn starch-modified, artificial and natural flavors, rice, soy flour, salt, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, taurine, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, added color, niacin, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, manganese sulfate, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Overall Score




Purina
Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Beef & Chicken Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Meat by products, water sufficient for processing, chicken by-products, beef, chicken, rice, guar gum, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, salt, taurine, added color, carrageenan, zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Beef – Meat, skin, and bone of cattle. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, it loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entrée in Gravy

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, meat by products, chicken, wheat gluten, corn starch modified, artificial and natural flavors, soy flour, potassium chloride, taurine, tricalcium phosphate, salt, added color, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Corn Starch – Starch extracted from the corn grain. If the ingredients lists states it has been modified, that means that the starch has been artificially altered to change its properties.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Ocean Whitefish Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Ocean whitefish, meat by-products, chicken, water sufficient for processing, chicken by-products, rice, guar gum, added color, potassium chloride, salt, Vitamin E supplement, carrageenan, taurine, zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Ocean Fish – A vague term for fish. Fish is an animal protein source. There are concerns about the quality of fish used to make pet food. Usually it is waste of the fishing industry.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Turkey & Giblets Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Meat by products, water sufficient for processing, turkey, poultry by-products, poultry giblets, rice, salt, guar gum, potassium chloride, added color, carrageenan, taurine, zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Poultry By Products - The by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Poultry Giblets – The giblets of poultry. Giblets usually mean the neck, heart, liver, kidneys, or gizzard.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula with Salmon

 

Ingredients

Meat by products, chicken by-products, water sufficient for processing, salmon, rice, guar gum, added color, potassium chloride, salt, Red 3, carrageenan, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, sodium nitrite (to promote color retention), copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Chicken By-Products – By-products from chickens.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Sodium Nitrite – Used as a preservative. Ingesting nitrites could lead to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines are cancerous. This is a risky ingredient.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Weight Management Turkey & Rice Entrée Ground

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, turkey, liver, wheat gluten, meat by products, rice, soy flour, soy protein concentrate, artificial and natural flavors, potassium chloride, calcium phosphate, guar gum, taurine, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, salt, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Ingredients to Point Out

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Locust Bean Gum - A self gelling thickening agent. Combines with other thickening agents to produce desired effects.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Kitten Chicken & Liver Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Chicken, liver, fish, meat by products, water sufficient for processing, artificial and natural flavors, calcium phosphate, rice, guar gum, potassium chloride, added color, salt, taurine, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Fish – This is the most vague term used for this ingredient. We have no idea what species of fish was used, or even what family this fish belongs to.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Kitten Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entrée Flaked

 

Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, ocean whitefish, fish, liver, wheat gluten, meat by-products, chicken, tuna, soy flour, soy protein concentrate, artificial and natural flavors, added color, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, xanthan gum, taurine, carrageenan, choline chloride, salt, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, and potassium iodide.

First 5 ingredients

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Ocean Fish – A vague term for fish. Fish is an animal protein source. There are concerns about the quality of fish used to make pet food. Usually it is waste of the fishing industry.

Fish – This is the most vague term used for this ingredient. We have no idea what species of fish was used, or even what family this fish belongs to.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Wheat Gluten – Gluten that has been extracted from wheat. A plant based protein, so mostly nutritionally useless in cat food.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Gluten – Gluten is the protein that is found in many different types of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is a protein source. Cats simply cannot digest gluten and use it effectively in their bodies. They need protein from a meat source.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Xanthan Gum - Produced naturally with help by artifical means. Can be an alternative to gluten and is usually in cat foods as a thickening agent.

Carrageenan - Most commonly used as a gelling and thickening agent in cat foods. Non-food grade carrageenan is cancerous. Food grade carrageenan causes GI issues. This is because the food grade carrageenan contains small amounts of pro-inflammatory particles. A highly controversial ingredient as much fear that even the food grade carrageenan will eventually lead to cancer (this has not been proven though).

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Kitten Salmon & Ocean Whitefish Entrée Classic

 

Ingredients

Salmon, ocean fish, liver, meat by products, water sufficient for processing, chicken, artificial and natural flavors, calcium phosphate, rice, added color, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, and potassium iodide

First 5 ingredients

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Ocean Fish – A vague term for fish. Fish is an animal protein source. There are concerns about the quality of fish used to make pet food. Usually it is waste of the fishing industry.

Liver – An organ meat that is packed full of nutrients. Rich in Vitamin A. A good quality ingredient, yet intake has to be monitored. A vague term as we don't know the source of the liver.

Meat By-Products – By-products from a vague source. 'Meat' doesn't indicate where the by-products originate.

Water - Used to add moisture to the formula. In canned foods, moisture percentage can be up to 80%.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Meat – The term ‘meat’ can mean anything. Safe ingredients will name the source. Example, chicken meal vs meat meal. The first ingredient you know is coming from chicken. The second one, you have no idea. It could actually be cats and dogs. Some pet food manufacturers actually used to use euthanized pets for meat meal. This practice is not popular anymore because people found out what ‘meat’ meant. This was just an example of what ‘meat’ can mean.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Artifical Flavoring – Man-made chemicals that are usually sprayed onto the food to entice the cat to eat it.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Added Coloring – Sometimes known as artificial coloring. Certain colors, such as ‘Red #3’ are cancerous and are banned from uses in human products. Iron Oxide and Titanium Dioxide also fall into the added color category.

Guar Gum - A less harmful thickening agent used in cat food. Still, interferes with protein absorption and is known to cause GI upset.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult 11+ Chicken & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Chicken, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, soy protein concentrate, dried egg product, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein isolate, wheat flour, fish meal, animal liver flavor, inulin, fish oil, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, citric acid, taurine, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite.

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Brewers Rice – The small, milled fragments of processed rice. Contains less nutrients than whole white rice.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Soy Protein Concentrate -The protein extracted from soybeans. Concentrate is made by removing the water soluble carbohydrates.

Ingredients to Point Out

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult 11+ Indoor Care Turkey & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, chicken meal, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, dried egg product, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), powdered cellulose, wheat flour, fish meal, soybean meal, animal liver flavor, gelatin, inulin, fish oil, potassium chloride, phosphoric acid, salt, choline chloride, taurine, Vitamin E supplement, citric acid, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, DL-Methionine, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite.

First 5 ingredients

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Brewers Rice – The small, milled fragments of processed rice. Contains less nutrients than whole white rice.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Chicken Meal - The dried rendered skin, meat, and bone of chicken. This excludes the head, feet, and intestines. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and meat without the bone. A more concentration source of protein.

Soy Protein Concentrate -The protein extracted from soybeans. Concentrate is made by removing the water soluble carbohydrates.

Ingredients to Point Out

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Hairball Management Chicken & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Chicken, corn gluten meal, brewer’s rice, poultry by product meal, soy protein concentrate, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), dried egg product, soybean meal, wheat flour, soy protein isolate, powdered cellulose, fish meal, animal liver flavor, inulin, gelatin, soy lecithin, phosphoric acid, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, L Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Soy Protein Concentrate -The protein extracted from soybeans. Concentrate is made by removing the water soluble carbohydrates.

Ingredients to Point Out

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Soy Lecithin – This is a type of fat that is essential. The problem with this ingredient is that there is soy lecithin. Cats need egg lecithin. Soy based ingredients can cause health problems.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula

 

Ingredients

Salmon, corn gluten meal, brewer’s rice, poultry by product meal, wheat flour, soy protein concentrate, dried egg product, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), salmon meal, animal liver flavor, gelatin, inulin, soy protein isolate, potassium chloride, salt, L Lysine monohydrochloride, phosphoric acid, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, zinc sulfate, L Carnitine, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Salmon – A species of fish. Salmon is very popular in the fishing industry. It provides protein and may have elevated levels of mercury. Concerns about the quality of fish used in pet foods.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Wheat Flour -Powder made from grinding wheat. Cats do not get much nutritional value from wheat flour.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Salmon meal, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, chicken meal, dried egg product, soy protein isolate, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish meal, wheat flour, powdered cellulose, animal liver flavor, soybean hulls, inulin, gelatin, potassium chloride, L Lysine monohydrochloride, phosphoric acid, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Salmon Meal - The dried rendered meat of the salmon. This is a more concentrated form of protein, as opposed to just salmon.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Chicken Meal - The dried rendered skin, meat, and bone of chicken. This excludes the head, feet, and intestines. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and meat without the bone. A more concentration source of protein.

Dried Egg – Egg or egg product that has had the moisture removed.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Indoor Care Turkey & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Turkey, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, chicken meal, dried egg product, soy protein isolate, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), fish meal, powdered cellulose, wheat flour, animal liver flavor, soybean hulls, inulin, gelatin, potassium chloride, phosphoric acid, salt, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, calcium carbonate, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, L Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Turkey – Meat, skin, and bone of turkey. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the turkey. loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Chicken Meal - The dried rendered skin, meat, and bone of chicken. This excludes the head, feet, and intestines. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and meat without the bone. A more concentration source of protein.

Dried Egg – Egg or egg product that has had the moisture removed.

Ingredients to Point Out

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score




Purina
Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Herring & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Herring, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, fish meal, chicken meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, dried egg product, wheat flour, brewers dried yeast, animal liver flavor, soybean oil, inulin, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, phosphoric acid, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, choline chloride, taurine, manganese proteinate, DL-Methionine, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), calcium carbonate, niacin, copper proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Herring – A species of fish. Herring are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Brewers Rice – The small, milled fragments of processed rice. Contains less nutrients than whole white rice.

Soybean Meal – This is the powdery by-product of grinding soybeans to make soybean oil. Soy based ingredients are not good. This ingredient is filler.

Fish Meal - The dried rendered ‘meat’ and bone of fish. If the ingredients list states ‘boneless’ than the meal is skin and ‘meat’ without the bone. If a fish is named, then the meal is made from the named fish. A more concentration source of protein, yet mercury levels are a concern.

Ingredients to Point Out

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Lamb & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Lamb, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, dried egg product, soy protein isolate, chicken meal, fish meal, soybean meal, wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), animal liver flavor, oatmeal, lamb meal, soybean oil, inulin, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid, salt, zinc proteinate, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, L Lysine monohydrochloride, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, DL Methionine, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), copper proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Lamb – Meat, skin, and bone of lamb.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Dried Egg – Egg or egg product that has had the moisture removed.

Soy Protein Isolate -The protein extracted from soybeans. Isolate is more pure than concentrate as isolate has both carbohydrates and fiber removed, making this ingredient all protein.

Ingredients to Point Out

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Cellulose – This ingredient is a fiber source, often used as a carbohydrate substitute. It also has thickening properties. It is a filler and lower quality ingredient. Cellulose can actually come from wood. This is just an example, it doesn't mean wood chips are actually in this food.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula

 

Ingredients

Corn gluten meal, chicken, wheat flour, brewer’s rice, ground yellow corn, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), egg product, sodium caseinate, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, animal digest, salt, L Lysine monohydrochloride, dried whey, choline chloride, dicalcium phosophate, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, niacin, citric acid, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Wheat Flour -Powder made from grinding wheat. Cats do not get much nutritional value from wheat flour.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Ground Corn – Corn that has been grounded, usually into a powder consistency.

Ingredients to Point Out

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Sodium Caseinate – A protein found in milk from mammals. An additive that is not needed. If your cat is allergic to millk based products, this should be avoided.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Adult Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Chicken, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by product meal, soy protein concentrate, fish meal, soy protein isolate, soybean meal, dried egg product, wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), animal liver flavor, brewer’s dried yeast, inulin, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, taurine, L Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Poultry By Product Meal - The dry rendered by-products of poultry. Poultry usually refers to chicken, duck, turkey, or geese.

Soy Protein Concentrate -The protein extracted from soybeans. Concentrate is made by removing the water soluble carbohydrates.

Ingredients to Point Out

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score


Purina
Focus Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula

 

Ingredients

Chicken, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soybean meal, dried egg product, poultry by product meal, soy protein isolate, fish meal, wheat flour, animal liver flavor, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, dried colostrum, taurine, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, L Lysine monohydrochloride, ferrous sulfate, L ascorbyl 2 polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B 12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D 3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), and sodium selenite

First 5 ingredients

Chicken – Meat, skin, and bone of chicken. About 70% moisture therefore is always seen near the top of ingredients lists. After cooking, the chicken loses most of its moisture as well as protein. A common ingredient found in cat food.

Rice – A cereal grain that provides little to no nutrition in cat food, yet is very popular to add in cat food.

Corn Gluten Meal– A by-product of processing corn. There is actually no gluten, but corn protein.

Animal Fat - Usually sprayed on to get the cat to eat the food. It is a vague ingredient because the term 'animal' can mean anything.

Soybean Meal – This is the powdery by-product of grinding soybeans to make soybean oil. Soy based ingredients are not good. This ingredient is filler.

Ingredients to Point Out

Grains – Grains are of poor nutritonal value for cats. Cats cannot digest grains easily. They are in cat foods as a filler ingredient and filler only. Wheat, corn, corn flour, flour, white rice, ground rice, barley, brewer's rice, etc. fall into this category. Ingredients such as wheat gluten and corn gluten also fall into this category as these ingredients originate from grains.

Corn based ingredients – Corn, especially, is hard to digest and a source of allergies, and health problems. Corn starch, while not corn, is corn based and is an unneeded source of carbohydrates. Protein (corn gluten) from corn is not appropriate as cats are carnivores. Corn based ingredients should be avoided if possible.

Non-Meat Protein – This refers to protein extracted particularly from non-meat sources, this includes pea and potato protein amongst others. These ingredients have a low biological value. The protein from these sources simply cannot be used effectively by cats, as this protein lacks essential amino acids the cat needs.

Egg/Egg product – The biggest concern regarding egg ingredients is the quality of eggs used in pet food formulas. Usually it is egg waste. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption.'

By-Products – The clean parts of named animal other than the actual meat. This can include the brain, bone, blood, kidneys, clean intestines, clean stomach, and lungs. Basically anything from the slaughtered animal except the hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.

Meals – Meals are a concentrated source of protein, more so than actual meat like chicken, turkey, etc. Sometimes up to 50% more protein. The concern with meals over regular meat is that meals can legally contain the ‘4Ds.’ This means dead, diseased, dying, and disabled animals.

Fish/Seafood - Fish have elevated levels of mercury. Feeding a cat fish every now and then is okay. Long term exposure to fish will cause health problems. Also, the majority of the time fish used for pet food is rank and of poor quality. Unless otherwise stated by the company as 'food fit for human consumption'. This applies to seafood as well.

Copper Sulfate – Is an irritant and is linked to copper toxicity. Many do not like the presence of this ingredient in cat food because it has many other uses. It can be found in the leather, wood, battery, ink, paint, and metal industries.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex/Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite – A man-made form of Vitamin K. There are concerns over toxicity relating to this ingredient in cat food.

Sodium Selenite - Many cat owners are concerned about this ingredient. It is a cheaper form of selenium and is linked with selenium toxicity. This is because ingredients such as fish, meat, and grains already contain selenium naturally. Therefore the addition of sodium selenite just adds more selenium to the formula. For what it is worth, a study has shown sodium selenite is no more harmful than natural sources of selenium.

Overall Score




CANNED
Go to Adult 11+ Chicken & Beef Entrée Classic
Go to Adult 11+ Salmon & Tuna Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Chicken & Beef Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Chicken Entrée in Gravy
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Salmon Entrée in Sauce
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula Turkey Entrée
Go to Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Entrée in Sauce
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Beef & Chicken Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entrée in Gravy
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Ocean Whitefish Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Turkey & Giblets Entrée Classic
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula with Salmon
Go to Adult Weight Management Turkey & Rice Entrée Ground
Go to Kitten Chicken & Liver Entrée Classic
Go to Kitten Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Entrée Flaked
Go to Kitten Salmon & Ocean Whitefish Entrée Classic
DRY
Go to Adult 11+ Chicken & Rice Formula
Go to Adult 11+ Indoor Care Turkey & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Hairball Management Chicken & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Healthy Metabolism Formula
Go to Adult Indoor Care Salmon & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Indoor Care Turkey & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Herring & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Sensitive Skin and Stomach Lamb & Rice Formula
Go to Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula
Go to Adult Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula
Go to Kitten Chicken & Rice Formula


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