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Iams ProActive Health Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food

Company info

Company HQ
McLean, Virginia
Parent company
Mars Petcare US

Primary proteins

  • Chicken
  • Chicken By-Product Meal
  • Dried Egg Product

Age range

Senior

Cost per day

$26.47

Price per oz

$1.49

Overall Score

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67%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 41%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 50%
? 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 100%
? 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 80%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 90%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value Manufacturing Method 40%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 37.78%

Fat: 18.89%

Fiber: 3.33%

Carbs: 40%

What We Like

  • Affordable
  • Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids

What We Did Not Like

  • Low in protein
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all cat food recalls related to Iams since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Iams - Dog treats (03/22/2013) -+
Date: 03/22/2013
Company Name: Proctor and Gamble
Product Description: Dog treats
Recall Reason: Potential for mold
Iams - Dog and Cat foods - Dry (08/14/2013) -+
Date: 08/14/2013
Company Name: Proctor & Gamble
Product Description: Dog and Cat foods - Dry
Recall Reason: Potential for salmonella

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Grits, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Vitamins (Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Zinc Oxide, Manganese sulfate, L-Carnitine, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Rosemary Extract. Caloric Content 3,854 kcal/kg, 439 kcal/cup

Estimated Nutrient Content

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein Fat Carbs
34.00% 17.00% 36.00%

Dry Matter Analysis

Protein Fat Carbs
37.78% 18.89% 40%

Calorie Weighted Basis

Protein Fat Carbs
43.43% 52.74% 3.83%

Ingredient Review

Our review of Iams ProActive Health Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Chicken. Chicken is meat from the domesticated bird of the same name. In pet food, chicken is used as a primary protein source.

The second ingredient is Chicken By-Product Meal. In pet food, chicken by-product meal is often listed as a source of protein. Chicken by-product meal is produced by baking and grinding chicken parts that might not be used for human consumption including necks, feet, entrails, and undeveloped eggs.

The third ingredient is Corn Grits. Corn grits are made with kernels from any corn variety, ground into a roughly textured meal with particles larger than those found in cornmeal. In pet food, corn grits can be a filler as well as source of inexpensive protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

The fourth ingredient is Ground Whole Grain Corn. Ground whole grain corn is made with cooked and/or dried kernels from any corn species. In pet food, ground whole grain corn can be a filler as well as source of inexpensive protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

The fifth ingredient is Dried Beet Pulp. Dried beet pulp is a byproduct of the beet sugar manufacturing process. The dried beet pulp in pet food is used as a supplemental source of soluble and insoluble fiber to support healthy digestion.

After the fifth ingredient, the list includes all remaining ingredients. It’s worth noting that ingredients (other than nutritional supplements) located this far down on the list aren’t likely to have an impact on the overall rating of this Iams ProActive Health Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food.

Nutritional Analysis

We’ve compared Iams ProActive Health Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food to the other 534 Cat Dry Food in our database:

Product info All Products avg.
Crude Protein 37.78% 37.82%
Crude Fat 18.89% 16.99%
Crude Fiber 3.33% 5.15%

This recipe has:

  • 0.04% less crude protein
  • 1.90% more fat content
  • 1.82% less fiber

cats typically thrive on a diet that includes high protein content, a medium amount of fat, and a comparatively low amount of carbohydrates, along with sufficient moisture. It’s worth noting that specialty diets recommended by veterinarians might prioritize different nutrients based on your pet’s condition and unique needs.

Analysis Overview

Iams ProActive Health Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food is priced above the average market price for Cat Dry Food.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Iams ProActive Health Healthy Senior Dry Cat Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from chicken based sources.

As for the overall quality of the recipe, 4 of the first 5 ingredients are low-quality and controversial ingredients. That’s why we believe that this recipe is not recommended.

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