Subject: Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Adult
I've had a few requests to do a review of Nutro NC so, I thought we would take a look at the ingredients in Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Adult. The first five ingredients are Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat, Dried Beet Pulp.
Chicken Meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts of whole carcasses of chicken -- exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, or entrails. Chicken meal is considered to be the single best source of protein in commercial pet foods.
Ground Rice is the de-hulled rice kernel, ground or chopped, with the bran removed -- known as white rice. Rice is a high quality source of carbohydrates and is the most digestible grain for pet foods and is relatively hypo-allergenic.
Corn Gluten Meal is a low ash source of protein and acts as a urine acidifier in some cat/kitten formulas.
Poultry Fat is obtained from the tissues of poultry in the commercial process of rendering or extracting. Poultry fat is a byproduct of meat processing. The origin of the contributing animals is never known; the source can be any fowl (turkey, chicken, geese, buzzard, etc.) and the resulting oil is very low in linoleic acid -- an essential fatty acid that is important for skin and coat health.
Dried Beet Pulp is the dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned, freed from crowns, leaves, and sand, and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. Dried beet pulp is added to some pet foods to act as a fibrous stool hardener.
Nutro NC is a readily available and cost effective food. It's a decent food but I wish it derived more of it's protein from animals rather than plant proteins. Some cats may not like Nutro due to it's rather large kibble. Overall, I have no problems recommending Nutro as part of a cat's food rotation.