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Iams ProActive Health Kitten Dry Cat Food

Company info

Company HQ
McLean, Virginia
Parent company
Mars Petcare US

Primary proteins

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

Age range

Kitten

Cost per day

$24.82

Price per oz

$1.55

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 40%
? 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 81%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 93%
? 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: 36.67%

Fat: 23.33%

Fiber: 3.33%

Carbs: 36.67%

What We Like

  • Affordable
  • Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Most customers have good experiences with this food
  • Has all the nutrients your kitten or mother cat needs

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, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, 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), Taurine, Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Rosemary Extract. Caloric Content 3,990 kcal/kg, 416 kcal/cup

Estimated Nutrient Content

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein Fat Carbs
33.00% 21.00% 33.00%

Dry Matter Analysis

Protein Fat Carbs
36.67% 23.33% 36.67%

Calorie Weighted Basis

Protein Fat Carbs
37.93% 58.62% 3.45%

Ingredient Review

Our review of Iams ProActive Health Kitten 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 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 third 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 fourth ingredient is Corn Gluten Meal. Corn gluten meal is produced as a byproduct from the manufacture of corn syrup and other sweeteners made with corn. It contains no wheat gluten. The corn gluten meal in pet food is a source of inexpensive protein, but it has high levels of cysteine, which have been linked to the formation of urinary stones.

The fifth ingredient is Chicken Fat. Chicken fat is a good source of omega-6 fatty acids including linoleic acid. In pet food, chicken fat also adds flavor, improves consistency, and serves as a source of the animal fat pets need for overall wellbeing.

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 Kitten Dry Cat Food.

Nutritional Analysis

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

Product info All Products avg.
Crude Protein 36.67% 37.82%
Crude Fat 23.33% 16.99%
Crude Fiber 3.33% 5.15%

This recipe has:

  • 1.15% less crude protein
  • 6.34% 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 Kitten Dry Cat Food is priced above the average market price for Cat Dry Food.

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

As for the overall quality of the recipe, 3 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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