Is Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food Good?
Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food is a second top tier pet food with a 4-star rating — around 10% of all the pet food we review fall in this tier.
They seem to be higher in protein and less in carbs, contain mainly named animal products as main ingredients, and a decent amount of meat. We recommend this!
What We like
- High Protein — over 35%!
- Lower in Carbs — Less than 34%
- No Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
What We Concern
- Include Plant Protein in Top 5 ingredients
- Numberous Controversial Ingredients
- Seems No Organic Minerals
- Seems No Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Include Ingredients that might be Related to Poor Digestion
- Contain Ingredients that might be Uncertain
Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.
TipsRecipes have different ratings. This means they might be designed a bit differently.
Recipe to review
To rate Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Adult Formula With Chicken & Brown Rice.
Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.
Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.
(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)
|Nutrition||Our Ideal||Dry Value||Like?|
|Protein||33% or more||37%|
|Fat||15% or more||18%|
|Carbs||Less than 25%||32%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||4.4%|
38 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.
Chicken MealAnimal Protein
Split PeasCarbs, Plant Protein
Whole Brown RiceCarbs
Pea ProteinPlant Protein Concentrate
Dried ChickenAnimal Protein
Dried Plain Beet PulpCarbs
Natural FlavorFood Additive
Mixed TocopherolsFood Additive
Citric AcidFood Additive
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Iron Amino Acid ChelateSupplement
Yucca Schidigera ExtractCarbs
Copper Amino Acid ChelateSupplement
Manganese Amino Acid ChelateSupplement
Vitamin A SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
TipsWe find 6 Concerned and 3 Notice ingredients from Adult Formula With Chicken & Brown Rice. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Dried Plain Beet Pulp
- Natural Flavor
- Citric Acid
- Sodium Selenite
- Whole Brown Rice
- Pea Protein
- Fish Oil
Estimated Meat Content
Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.
Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.
2 / 7 (29%)in top 7 ingredients
37%in dry matter
By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.
Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be Medium to high !
It looks like it contains a significant amount of meat and majority of the protein should come from animal sources. Your furbabies will like it like I do!
Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food Product Line Review
To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.
Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level
In the total of 7 recipes, the group has an average of 38% protein, 19% fat and 29% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is 5 (%) higher than ideal
- Fat is 4 (%) higher than ideal
- Carbs is 4 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food has an carbs level that is close to our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Quite attractive protein and/or carbs level
- Major ingredients from animals
- Medium to high level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food is a pet food line with a 4 star rating.
Do we recommend Nutro Wholesome Essentials Dry Cat Food ?It is a good quality above average pet food that we recommend.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.