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Petsumer Report Review of the Month

This month we provide a review of Nutro Natural Choice Cat Food.

Nutro Pet Food

Nutro Pet Foods are a product of Mars Petcare. All Mars pet foods sold in the U.S. are manufactured by company owned U.S. facilities.  Meat meal ingredients (example chicken meal) contains muscle meat, bone, and ligaments; fish meal ingredients are preserved with Vitamin E.  Nutro did not respond to pet food cooking time and temperature questions.  For more information visit www.Nutro.com

Recall Information

Numerous products recalled in 2007 – Click Here to view.
Product pull in 2009 – Click Here to view.
2009 Recall – Click Here to view.

 

Nutro Natural Choice Adult Sliced Turkey Entree Cat Food Can

 

Petsumer Report Rating
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Pledge to Quality and Origin
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Ingredients

Turkey Broth, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Pork Broth, Egg Product, Natural Flavors, Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Guar Gum, Tetra Potassium Pyrophosphate, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Xanthan Gum, Taurine.

 

Crude Protein:  10% minimum Crude Fat:  3% minimum
Crude Fiber:  1% Moisture:   82%
Calories:  69 kcal/per 3 oz. can

 

Ingredient Quality

The Nutro Customer Service representative stated ingredients are human grade, no information provided if ingredients are USDA inspected and approved.

Country of Origin

Company stated ingredients are mainly sourced from the U.S.  No information provided to country of origin of supplements.

Risk Ingredients

None.

Manufactured By

Manufactured at company owned facilities in the U.S.

Shelf Life

Manufacturer states shelf life is 3 years; this would mean the ‘Best by’ date on the packaging is 3 years past the date the food was made (method for the consumer to determine how fresh or old the food is).

Plus

  • Company states ingredients are human grade.
  • The mineral listings read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption).
  • Small cans do not contain a BPA lining.

 

Minus

 

Learn More

The sodium selenite ingredient in this cat food is not noted under minus as it would be in a dog food. The reason: the safer form of delivering selenium to the pet food, selenium yeast, is not yet approved for use in cat foods by the FDA. This manufacturer is using sodium selenite because it is the only option for this supplement. Click Here to read more about selenium.

BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical commonly added to the plastic lining inside canned foods (human foods and pet foods). BPA comes with risks. Click Here and/or Here to learn more about BPA.

Probiotics are not added to raw, dehydrated raw, or canned pet foods. The processing systems would destroy the bacteria.

Per pet food regulations, canned foods with a moisture content higher than 78% are required to be named ‘with gravy’ or ‘in sauce’.  This pet food doesn’t appear to contain that labeling requirement.

18 comments

  1. My cat ate Nutro Natural Choice minced, chunky loaf, senior soft loaf, and kitten, (all chicken) for four months.
    He began to vomit food and yellow liquid at the four month mark, as well as having increased drinking and urination, and I stopped feeding him Nutro.
    We switched to two different foods (first Hound & Gatos rabbit which was too high in carbs and caused diarrhea after one week, and second to Weruva Cats in the Kitchen chicken frick ‘a zee which caused diarrhea immediately).
    After the baby food and cooked chicken recovery period, I put him on Fancy Feast liver and chicken (the only FF variety that does not contain fish).
    Because of his extensive GI issues he cannot handle raw and doesn’t process cooked meats well (leads to constipation) so home cooking chicken for him and supplementing it isn’t going to work.
    He needs to be on a low carb food that does not contain carrageenan which makes him regurgitate.
    I find it interesting that all reviews of Nutro mention both dogs and cats having elevated liver enzymes after blood work; my cat just had pre-dental blood work which showed elevated liver enzymes (so dental surgery was cancelled) and we go back to the vet next week for further blood work.

    • It is my understanding that cats (and dogs) fed a high protein diet will have higher liver enzymes.. The averages on the vet tests are taken from average protein and high carb diets (the average diet). I feed raw and liver enzymes are always higher then the norm, my vet is not worried about it! I’m no vet and I’m sure someone can explain this better, but this is my understanding!

      • My cat’s liver enzymes were in the 380-400 range; quite high.
        Combined with the increased drinking and urination, and the fact that he is clearly not feeling 100%, further investigation is prudent.
        Ultrasound and xray both showed that his liver is enlarged, as well.

    • What carbs are in Hounds and Gatos?

      • According to Elizabeth Hodgkins’ dry matter carb formula, (Add up the crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, moisture, ash. Subtract total from 100, then divide result by .25 to get % carbohydrates on dry matter basis), the Hound & Gatos rabbit had like 20%, if I remember correctly. Ideally dry matter carbs should be 4% or lower. I have no idea where the carbs are coming from in that food, but they’re there.

    • try fussie cat or tiki cat (high price, worth it). weruva is also great. maybe u should slowly wean the kitty to new food as this will cause diarrhea (new foods). Use Purina forti flora which will stop diarrhea (sprinkle on food, no need to use full packet). I buy this all on amazon. fancy feast is bad food.

  2. what is the ‘natural flavors’ in this food – I consider that to be the riskiest ingredient in pet foods because it nearly always means animal digest…

  3. My cat has similar GI issues, because we found her as a stray abandoned baby, and we feed TikiCat, but only the straight fish or chicken, not the cans containing rice, as most of those contain carrageenan. The only straight fish product that does have a guar gum is the sardine, and the sardine and mackerel. The straight chicken and chicken and egg seem to be fine as well.

    • Tiki Cat isn’t an option for my cat as it has sunflower oil in it, and I am fairly certain it was the sunflower oil in the Weruva chicken frik ‘a zee (boy how I hate the names of their products) that caused his acute diarrhea (within hours from eating just one can – his body just purged the stuff). I avoid fish because of FLUTD symptoms he had before on a prescription GI diet (Iams Low Residue) but that had fish meal and the urine acidifier,
      DL-methionine. I totally avoid both of those ingredients now.
      It is extremely frustrating as for some reason he seems to do well on the not-so-“premium” foods, (until, of course, he doesn’t – and then I have to switch). We’ve pretty much exhausted all options for low-carb canned foods that aren’t acidified, don’t have carrageenan, and don’t have fish or fish meal.

  4. i’m curious as to why he can’t handle raw? i’ve spoken to so many pet owners whose pets with GI issues improved dramatically after switching to a raw diet.

    • He has shown zero interest when I’ve offered him raw in the past, and the research I’ve done indicates that cats with the GI issues he has may actually get worse on a raw diet. (He suffers from chronic constipation because of pelvic fracture – it’s painful for him to go especially if things get too bulky). Plain cooked meat is hard on him because the pure protein comes out the other end very firm which causes him pain, and it also slows down his gut transit time. I might try the Stella & Chewy’s again in the future as an addition to his diet, but only once I get his current issues sorted out.

  5. enlarged liver can be FIV or cancer. I dont really think its the food at all and that something else is making kitty sick. Stella and Chewys is great. kitties get addicted to junk food (especially dry) and they dont want the good foods. Either way, introducing new foods is tricky and most kitties have stomach issues at first so slowly is the key word. If the vet cant figure out whats wrong, a holistic/homeopathic vet is a good idea.

    • I don’t believe it could be FIV, as he was (I presume) tested prior to my adopting him from the SPCA. I am only too aware that lymphoma is a possibility and naturally it is completely stressing me out. Our follow up vet visit is this week. Yes, Fancy Feast is absolute crap – but right now, he can eat it and he can poop on it, and he’s not vomiting, so for now that’s what he’s eating. My previous comments regarding Weruva explain why I won’t feed it (or Tiki Cat). My initial comment was alerting others what my cat’s reaction to Nutro Natural Choice was after eating it for four months. That reaction (the vomiting) most definitely was the food, as it stopped after I discontinued feeding it. I can’t say for sure whether or not his increased liver values were a direct result of having eaten Nutro, but I’m not discounting it.

      • Tracie, I think Fancy Feast is okay, that is what I have learned from some of the cat sites that review canned. It may not be the best, but it is acceptable and much better than dry kibble. I have even asked a top on line vet which is better top dry and cheaper canned cat food, or cheap dry and top canned cat food. He said use the top of the line dry kibble and the cheaper canned. I even dampen my dry kibble with warm water so the cat gets the moisture. That is the big new finding that the dry is bad because it causes cats to be in a constant state of dehydration. We do what we have to do to maintain our cats, it is sad when people make you feel bad. My cats are very difficult with the raw too, it is very hard to transition the stubborn ones. Good luck!

  6. check out website below for homeopathic aid, also Pet Alive has so many homeopathic remedies for all types of issues. The second link is info on liver disease. Boiling plain chicken/turkey and supplementing it may be the best remedy or look up homemade cat food. No vegetables or grains. Veges cause anemia and kidney/liver problems in cats but pet food makers add them anyway.

    http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/bk-detox-for-felines
    http://www.vetinfo.com/diagnosing-liver-disease-cats-alt-test.html

  7. I have been doing a lot of research on cat food lately. Tiki cat seems great, but people are saying not to feed your cat fish. I have noticed even in the tiki cat chicken food there is fish oil. Wouldn’t that be considered containing fish? Is this bad? I really liked fussie cat and my cats seem to like it better than tiki cat, but fussie cat contains carrageenan which I have heard is also bad so I don’t really want to feed my cats that anymore.

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