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Nulo Freestyle Chicken & Cod Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food

Nulo Freestyle Chicken & Cod Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food
Company info
Company HQ
Austin, Texas
Parent company
Nulo Pet Food
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Food Form Dry Cat Food
Cost per day: $0.16
Primary proteins
  • Deboned Chicken
  • Chicken Meal
  • Turkey Meal
  • Deboned Cod

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Deboned Cod, Whole Peas, Lentils, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid), Natural Flavor, Pea Fiber, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Kelp, Dried Sweet Potato, Dried Cranberries, Calcium Carbonate, Dl-Methionine, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Iron Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Pyridoxidine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Overall Score

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75%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 69%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 77%
? 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 47%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 79%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 40%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 100%

Estimated Nutrient Content

To understand the nutrient content of pet food, we visualize its macronutrient composition in three ways. In the charts below, you’ll see a guaranteed analysis on an as-fed basis, a dry matter analysis, and a breakdown of the food’s macronutrients on a calorie-weighted basis.

Remember that all of these values are estimates based on the guaranteed analysis published by the company, and the food’s actual nutrient values may be slightly different.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 40%

Fat: 20%

Fiber: 4%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 26%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 44.44%

Fat: 22.22%

Fiber: 4.44%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 28.89%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 34.91%

Fat: 42.39%

Carb: 22.69%

Our Review

Pros
  • To our knowledge, Nulo has never had a product recall
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • Contains health promoting ground flaxseed for fiber
  • Contains dried kelp as a natural source of essential nutrients
  • Doesn’t contain fillers, by-products, or artificial additives
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
Cons
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins
  • Some cats may be allergic to fish

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all cat food recalls related to Nulo since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Since 2011 Nulo has never been recalled.

Ingredient Review

Our review of Nulo Freestyle Chicken & Cod Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Deboned Chicken. Deboned chicken is chicken meat with the bones removed. In pet food, deboned chicken is a valuable source of protein.

The second ingredient is Chicken Meal. In pet food, chicken meal is often listed as a source of protein. Chicken meal is produced by baking and grinding chicken meat and skin. As a dry form of animal protein, it is most often found in kibble and treats.

The third ingredient is Turkey Meal. The turkey meal in pet food is typically a byproduct of turkey meat production. Turkey meal is high in protein, and is easy for pets to digest. It is a good source of B vitamins and amino acids to support your pet’s overall well-being.

The fourth ingredient is Deboned Cod. Deboned cod is a meat from any species of codfish, with all the bones removed. In pet food, deboned cod can be an important source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, as well as Omega-3 essential fatty acid.

The fifth ingredient is Whole Peas. Whole peas are legumes that serve as a grain-free, gluten-free source of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. In pet food, whole peas are an energy source as well as a supplementary source of vitamins and minerals.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Nulo Freestyle Chicken & Cod Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per lb

Product Price

$4.61

Market Price avg.

$4.07

% From the Avg

+13%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$0.26

Market Price avg.

$0.25

% From the Avg

+4%

Price per day

Product Price

$0.16

Market Price avg.

$0.15

% From the Avg

+5%

Nulo Freestyle Chicken & Cod Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food is priced within the average market price for dry cat food.

Nutritional Analysis

Adult cat foods can have a lot of variability in calorie density but generally meet requirements for the average active cat. With formulations addressing a wide variety of needs, including weight loss or gain, indoor or outdoor living, or hairball problems, individual recipes may vary greatly in calorie, fiber, and nutritional content.

With that in mind, we’ve compared Nulo Freestyle Chicken & Cod Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat & Kitten Food to the other 534 dry cat food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

44.44%

All Products avg.

38.91%

% From the Avg

+14%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

22.22%

All Products avg.

16.8%

% From the Avg

+32%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

4.44%

All Products avg.

5.11%

% From the Avg

-13%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

28.89%

All Products avg.

37.83%

% From the Avg

-24%

Analysis Overview

Overall, this is a meat based food that’s high in protein with high fat and low carbohydrate content relative to other dry cat foods.

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