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Nulo FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food

Nulo FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food
Company info
Company HQ
Austin, Texas
Parent company
Nulo Pet Food
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Food Form Freeze-Dried Cat Food
Cost per day: $1.66
Primary proteins
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Chicken Necks
  • Chicken Liver

Ingredients

Chicken, Salmon, Chicken Necks, Chicken Liver, Chicken Hearts, Ground Flaxseed, Spinach, Salmon Oil, Cranberries, Coconut Oil, Inulin, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Taurine, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyriodoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols (as preservative), Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Overall Score

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69%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 77%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 89%
? 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 25%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 72%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 0%

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: 46%

Fat: 23%

Fiber: 2%

Moisture: 5%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 24%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 48.42%

Fat: 24.21%

Fiber: 2.11%

Ash: 8%

Carb: 25.26%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 36.55%

Fat: 44.38%

Carb: 19.07%

Our Review

Pros
  • To our knowledge, Nulo has never had a product recall
  • Freeze-dried food retains the nutritional value of raw meat
  • 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
  • A good source of omega-3 fatty acids
Cons
  • Expensive
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Contains a small amount of plant-based proteins
  • Freeze dried cat food requires rehydration, which is time-consuming
  • 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 & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw 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 Salmon. Salmon is meat from any fish in the salmon family, and in pet food, salmon might also refer to other parts of the fish including skin and organs. Salmon is an excellent source of protein, and it is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

The third ingredient is Chicken Necks. Chicken necks are a byproduct of the chicken processing industry, normally sourced from chickens that have been slaughtered for consumption. In pet food, chicken necks can be a source of protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

The fourth ingredient is Chicken Liver. Chicken liver is one of a few organ meats that come from a chicken. In pet food, chicken liver serves as a source of protein, iron, and amino acids.

The fifth ingredient is Chicken Hearts. Chicken hearts come from chickens that have been slaughtered for consumption. This type of organ meat doesn’t appeal to most people but when added to pet food, chicken hearts can be a good source of protein, iron, and other important nutrients.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Nulo FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from meat based sources.

Price Analysis

Price per oz

Product Price

$3.48

Market Price avg.

$2.91

% From the Avg

+20%

Price per 100 kcal

Product Price

$2.77

Market Price avg.

$2.26

% From the Avg

+22%

Price per day

Product Price

$1.66

Market Price avg.

$1.36

% From the Avg

+22%

Nulo FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food is priced well above the average market price for freeze-dried 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 & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food to the other 58 freeze-dried cat food recipes in our database:

DM Protein

DM Protein

Product info

48.42%

All Products avg.

48.5%

% From the Avg

-0%

DM Fat

DM Fat

Product info

24.21%

All Products avg.

26.84%

% From the Avg

-10%

DM Fiber

DM Fiber

Product info

2.11%

All Products avg.

4.67%

% From the Avg

-55%

DM Carb

DM Carb

Product info

25.26%

All Products avg.

19.42%

% From the Avg

+30%

Analysis Overview

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

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