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Hill's Science Diet Cat Food Review

Company HQ

LocationTopeka, Kansas

Parent company

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Sourcing and Manufacturing

LocationUnited States

Type of food

Dry Cat Food, Wet Cat Food, Wet Senior Cat Food, Dry Senior Cat Food


? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 34%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 64%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 65%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 47%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 82%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 45%

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  • Affordable
  • All protein comes from animal sourced ingredients
  • Lower than average protein content
  • The brand has been previously recalled
  • Does not meet AAFCO nutritional guidelines

Brand Overview

Hill’s Science Diet is a line of pet foods for dogs and cats. The brand offers options for all life stages, and focuses on supporting specific needs such as joint health, digestive sensitivities, and more. Hill’s Science Diet is available in a variety of flavors, with wet and dry options available.

We’ve compared Hill's Science Diet cat food to the other 197 cat food brands in our database.

How Much Does Hill's Science Diet Cat food Cost

Dry Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per lb$3.41$3.255%
Price per 100 kcal$0.31$0.2050%
Price per day$0.18$0.1250%

Wet Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per oz$0.48$0.4312%
Price per 100 kcal$1.81$1.763%
Price per day$1.09$1.054%

Wet Senior Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per oz$0.48$0.4020%
Price per 100 kcal$1.93$1.4731%
Price per day$1.16$0.8832%

Dry Senior Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Price per lb$3.53$3.55-1%
Price per 100 kcal$0.28$0.29-2%
Price per day$0.17$0.170%

Hill's Science Diet cat food is priced within the average market price for cat food.

Hill's Science Diet Nutrient Profile comparison

Dry Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 34.39% 38.97% -12%
Fat 15.62% 16.72% -7%
Fiber 8.80% 5.07% 74%

Wet Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 37.98% 52.80% -28%
Fat 17.68% 17.70% -0%
Fiber 14.31% 6.35% 125%

Wet Senior Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 37.73% 44.13% -15%
Fat 14.89% 19.32% -23%
Fiber 12.61% 9.44% 34%

Dry Senior Cat Food

Brand AvgMarket Avg% From the Avg
Protein 30.88% 35.48% -13%
Fat 17.08% 16.14% 6%
Fiber 7.46% 6.39% 17%

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all cat food recalls related to Hill's Science Diet Cat Food Review since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Hill's Science Diet - Dry dog food (06/02/2014) -+
Company Name:Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Product Description:Dry dog food
Recall Reason:Salmonella
Hill's Science Diet - Canned Dog Food (01/31/2019) -+
Company Name:Hill's Pet Nutrition
Product Description:Canned Dog Food
Recall Reason:Potentially Elevated Levels of Vitamin D

Lawsuit History

December 2016 - The lawsuit claims that prescription pet food overcharge consumers for a product that is not a drug and that prescription pet food is a “deceptive scheme”.

Four months later, lawyers representing the pet food manufacturers; Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare, Nestle Purina had requested the court dismiss the case based on FDA’s enforcement discretion to permit the sale of these products.

These companies are claiming that the FDA allows them to be ‘deceptive’, allows them to sell a pet food as a drug when it is not a drug, and to overcharge consumers as they see fit. And they are right. The court ruled that all claims argued in this lawsuit were not proven.

September 2018 - Consumers who purchased certain Hill’s Prescription Diet or Hill’s Science Diet canned dog food between Sept. 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 are eligible to claim up to $20 without a separate proof of purchase (such as a receipt) or their full purchase price with proof of purchase thanks to a $12.5 million class action settlement.

The recall involved 54 lots, approximately 675,000 cases of canned dog food, that contained potentially toxic levels of vitamin D. The Court granted final approval to this settlement July 30, 2021.

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faq-item-image Who owns Hill's Science Diet cat food?

Hill's Science Diet is owned by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc..

faq-item-image Where is Hill's Science Diet cat food made?

Hill's Science Diet is manufactured in the United States .

faq-item-image Is Hill's Science Diet AAFCO approved?

Yes, all of Hill's Science Diet recipes are AAFCO approved.

faq-item-image Has Hill's Science Diet cat food been recalled?

Hill's Science Diet has been recalled 2 times in the years 2014, and 2019.

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