Cat Food Comparisons

Published April 2002

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The nutritional requirements of a breeding or show cat is undeniably greater than that of the average lap cat.

It follows therefore, that one of the most important decisions a cat breeder makes is the choice of food to give to the felines in their breeding program.

The "best" food choice can vary from breed to breed, and even from cat to cat.

Below is a series of charts comparing the ingredients of the most popular cat foods*. The Ingredient list includes percentages of primary food types and the 1st-8th ingredients in the order listed on the packaging.

Remember, ingredients do not reflect palatability or tastiness of the food. The best food for your cats' specific needs is useless if they won't eat it :-).

~ Ingredients of Different Brands of Dry Cat Foods ~

PLEASE NOTE *The information in these charts is provided courtesy of Camilla Englund, Ferret Magic. The information has been gathered from various sources including labels, manufacturer's websites and other food charts as of early 2002.

Type
Adult
Adult
Kitten
Adult
Kitten/Adult
Brand
Protein %
34
34
36
32
34
Fat %
21
21
22
21
22
Fiber %
2.5
2.5
2.5
3
3
Moisture %
10
10
10
10
10
Ash %
7
7
7
6.5
7
Magnesium %
0.1
0.096
0.095
0.095
0.1
Taurine %
0.16
0.16
0.17
0.15
0.16
1st
Ingredient
Chicken
Lamb
Chicken
Chicken
Chicken
2nd
Chicken Liver
Beef Liver
Chicken Liver
Chicken By-Products Meal
Chicken By-Products Meal
3rd
Chicken
By-Products
Catfish
Chicken
By-Products
Corn Grits
Corn Grits
4th
Rice Flour
Chicken
By-Products
Brewer's Rice
Corn Meal
Ground Whole
Grain Sorghum
5th
Chicken By-Product
Rice Flour
Fish Meal
Ground Whole Grain Sorghum
Chicken Fat w/mixed tocopherols
6th
Fish Meal
Fish Meal
Corn Grits
Fish Meal
Corn Meal
7th
Corn Grits
Corn Grits
Chicken By-Products
Chicken Fat w/mixed tocopherols
Fish Meal
8th
Chicken Fat
Animal Fat w/ mixed tocopheros
Chicken Fat
Dried Beet Pulp
Dried Egg Product
Brand

Type
Adult
Kitten
Kitten/Adult
Kitten
Kitten
Brand
Excel Cat
Excel Kitten
Royal Canin
Royal Canin
Purina ProPlan
Protein %
32
34
34
34
34
Fat %
21
22
20
20
21
Fiber %
3
3
2.5
2.5
1.5
Moisture %
10
10
8
10
9
Ash %
7
7
6.5
?
6.5
Magnesium %
0.095
0.095
0.08
?
1.7 Magnesium/kg
Taurine %
?
?
?
?
?
1st
Ingredient
Chicken Meal
Chicken Meal
Meat Meal and Poultry By-Products
Chicken
Chicken
2nd
Chicken
Rice Flour
Maize Flour
Rice Flour
Corn Protein xtract
3rd
Rice Flour
Chicken
Poultry Fat
Chicken Meal
Poultry
By-Products Meal
4th
Ground Corn
Ground Corn
Maize
Chicken Fat
Rice
5th
Chicken Fat
Chicken Fat
Poultry Liver
Corn Gluten Meal
Animal Fat w/ Vit E
6th
Beet Pulp
Beet Pulp
Fish Meal
Poultry Meal
Wheat
7th
Spray Dried
Whole Eggs
Spray Dried
Whole Eggs
Brewer's Yeast
Ground Yellow Corn
Corn
8th
Brewers Yeast
Brewers Yeast
Beet Pulp
Brewer's Rice
Poultry Digest
Brand
Excel Cat
Excel Kitten
Royal Canin
Royal Canin
Purina ProPlan

Type
Adult
Kitten
Kitten
Kitten
Kitten
Brand
Sensible Choice Cat
Sensible Choice Kitten
Whiskas Advance Kitten
ANF Tami Kitten
Protein %
30
33
33
33
34
Fat %
15
20
23
24
18
Fiber %
3
3
3
1.5
3.8
Moisture %
10
10
10
?
10
Ash %
5.5
6
6.5
6
6.5
Magnesium %
0.09
0.09
0.11
0.08
0.1
Taurine %
?
?
?
?
?
1st
Ingredient
Chicken Meal
Chicken Meal
Poultry
By-Products Meal
Poultry Meal
Chicken Meal
2nd
Brewer's Rice
Brewer's Rice
Ground Corn
Rice
Corn
3rd
Rice Flour
Rice Flour
Animal Fat (BHA. ETC)
Maize Gluten
Chicken Fat
4th
Chicken
Chicken
Corn Gluten Meal
Poultry Meat Derivatives
Fish Meal
5th
Chicken Fat
Chicken Fat
Dried Whole Eggs
Tallow
Corn Gluten Meal
6th
Spray Dried
Cchicken Liver
Powdered Cellulose
Chicken Liver Digest
Maize
Whole Dried Eggs
7th
Powdered Cellulose
Spray Dried Chicken Liver
Soy Bean Mill Run
Sunflower Oil
Beet Pulp
8th
Chicken Digest
Chicken Digest
Potassium Chloride
Yeast
Poultry Digest
Brand
Sensible Choice Cat
Sensible Choice Kitten
Science Diet Feline Growth
Whiskas Advance Kitten
ANF Tami Kitten

Type
Kitten
Kitten/Adult
Kitten/Adult
Adult
Kitten/Adult
Brand
Nutra Nuggets Prof. formula
Diamond Prof. Formula for Cats
Nutro Max Kitten
Quality V.I.P. Nutrition for Cats
Innova Feline
Protein %
34
34
34
32
36
Fat %
21
21
20
18
20
Fiber %
3
3
3
3
2.5
Moisture %
10
10
10
10
10
Ash %
6.5
6.5
7
6.5
6
Magnesium %
0.1
0.1
0.08
0.095
0.1
Taurine %
0.1
0.1
?
?
?
1st
Ingredient
Chicken
By-Product Meal
Chicken
By-Product Meal
Chicken
Chicken Meal
Turkey
2nd
Ground Corn
Ground Corn
Corn Gluten Meal
Turkey Meal
Chicken Meal
3rd
Wheat Flour
Wheat Flour
Wheat Flour
Whole brown Rice
Chicken
4th
Chicken Fat w/ mixed tocoph.
Chicken Fat w/mixed tocoph.
Ground Rice
Brewer's Rice
Whole Steamed Potatoes
5th
Corn Gluten Meal
Corn Gluten Meal
Poultry Fat w/ ethoxyquin
Corn
Whole Eggs
6th
Poultry Digest
Poultry Digest
Ground Whole Wheat
Chicken Fat
Whole ground barley
7th
Beet Pulp
Beet Pulp
Lamb Meal
Citric Acid,  Ascorbic Acid
Chicken Fat (Vit.E&C)
8th
Fish Meal
Fish Meal
Rice Bran
-
Ground White Rice
Brand
Nutra Nuggets Prof. formula
Diamond Prof. Formula for Cats
Nutro Max Kitten
Quality V.I.P. Nutrition for Cats
Innova Feline

Type
Kitten
Kitten/Adult
Adult
Adult/Kitten
Adult
Brand
Maxximum
Nutrition Chicken
& Rice Formula
ProVision ProPlan Cat growth formula
Prof. Adult Cat
Best in Show Power Food
Premium Edge Adult formula
for Cat
Protein %
36
33
32
34
32
Fat %
22
20
21
20
21
Fiber %
2.5
3
3
2.5
3
Moisture %
12
12
10
10
10
Ash %
8.8
?
6.5
?
6.5
Magnesium %
0.11
?
0.095
?
0.095
Taurine %
0.17
?
0.1
?
0.1
1st
Ingredient
Chicken
Chicken
Chicken
By-Product Meal
Chicken
Chicken
2nd
Chicken Meal
Corn Gluten Meal
Ground Corn
Chicken By-Product
Chicken Meal
3rd
Brewers Rice
Brewers Rice
Chicken Fat
Herring Meal
Brewer's Rice
4th
Fish Meal
PoultryMeal
Wheat Flour
Dried Whole Egg
Chicken Fat w/mixed tocoph.
5th
Corn Gluten Meal
Ground Yellow Corn
Corn Gluten Meal
Barley
Brown Rice
6th
Beef Tallow preserved with mixed tocoperols
Beef Tallow w/ethox
Beet Pulp
Brown Rice
Corn Gluten Meal
7th
Corn Meal
Dried Whole Egg By-Product
Fish Meal
White Rice
Fish Meal
8th
Egg Product
Phosphoric Acid
Poultry Digest
Chicken Fat w/ mixed tocoph.
Beet Pulp
Brand
Maxximum
Nutrition Chicken
& Rice Formula
Provision ProPlan Cat growth formula
Prof. Adult Cat
Best in Show Power Food
Premium Edge Adult formula for Cat

*The information in these charts is provided courtesy of Camilla Englund, Ferret Magic. The information has been gathered from various sources including labels, manufacturer's websites and other food charts as of early 2002.

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