Don’t see your brand of pet food? Here’s how to compare your brand to Life’s Abundance Premium Cat Food.
1. Get your bag of food. Look for the Ingredient Label.
2. Read the first 5 ingredients. They play a significant role in the nutritional make-up of a food but the finished product is more important than the sum of its parts
While the top five ingredients of a given cat food provide the consumer with insight into the nutritional priorities of a pet food maker, they don’t tell the whole story. Every ingredient plays a critical part, which is why we provide a comparison based upon eight different quantitative measures. Furthermore, the secret to superior pet food lies in the formula itself – not only in the ingredients, but also in the proportions of those ingredients to one another.
The significance of the ratios cannot be understated. Our long-time pet food formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, stresses the importance of synergism, or the interaction of ingredients, because the proper proportions help to maximize the nutritional impact of a formula. As with any recipe, if you use the wrong ratios, you will get very different results.
With quality ingredients working synergistically with one another, you can be certain that you’re providing the very best for your companion animal.
What are the protein sources? We believe the primary source should come from quality animal protein, not vegetable protein or grain. Foods that list 2 or more grains in the first 5 ingredients may have more vegetable protein than animal protein.
Are there by-products? Some manufacturers consider by-products inferior sources of protein and, depending on the source, they can be difficult to digest.
Life's Abundance Quality Cat Food does NOT contain by-products ingredients.
What are the fat sources? Some fats are better than others. We believe the primary fat source in cat food should be animal based because animal fats contain a profile of fatty acids that are easily metabolized and thus are generally more available to the body.
HIGH-QUALITY PROTEINS – Proteins are the building blocks of all living organisms. Protein is essential for all bodily functions including those of the brain, heart, skin, skeleton and many others. Life’s Abundance cat food contains at least 33% of high-quality protein. Look for identifiable animal proteins such as "chicken meal" rather generic terms like "poultry meal," which can consist of any fowl (turkey, chicken, geese, etc.).
CHICKEN MEAL -- Some foods contain chicken meat or chicken parts, which naturally hold a fair amount of water. We prefer to use chicken meal because most of the water has been removed, which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater “protein content” in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat. That’s why high-quality chicken meal is a key ingredient in Life’s Abundance foods.
WHOLE GRAINS- Whole grains are an excellent source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other essential minerals. They also provide the kind of carbohydrates that deliver sustained energy to your cat. We include the natural goodness of Ground Brown Rice in Life’s Abundance cat food.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS– The proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals in Life’s Abundance foods was carefully selected to work in concert with all of the other ingredients to enhance the overall nutritional value of the food.
ANTIOXIDANT SYSTEM – Among other nutrients, our antioxidant system includes vitamins A, C and E.
CHICKEN FAT - We believe the primary fat source in cat food should be animal based because these fats contain a profile of fatty acids that are easily metabolized and generally more available to the body. Animal fats can vary in quality, so look for a species-specific fat like “chicken fat” (versus “animal fat”) to be certain of the kind of fat your cat is eating.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS FROM FISH OIL - Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most extensively researched natural nutritional ingredients in the world. Among its many health benefits, the omega-3’s in Life’s Abundance help support healthy skin and a shiny coat. We also included flaxseed meal for its outstanding nutritional profile and its contribution to healthy skin and coat.
DIETARY FIBER - Fiber is required in every diet to maintain healthy intestinal tract and good nutrient absorption.
“GREEN FOODS” – DOG GRASS GRASS - Dog grass contains many nutrients that cats crave … that’s instinct at its best! When cats in the wild consumed their prey, the intestinal tract contained grass and this grass provided necessary fiber and phytonutrients.
“GREEN FOODS” - ALFALFA SPROUTS - Alfalfa sprouts contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes, trace minerals and numerous other living nutrients, which work to support good health and promote proper assimilation of foods.
PROBIOTICS - These ingredients are similar to those found in supermarket yogurts. Probiotics help support healthy immune and digestive systems.
This comparison has been created by Life's Abundance and is meant to illustrate the differences between pet food it provides under the mark Life’s Abundance® and those provided by other companies. All entries related to nutritional content and feeding in the comparison table have been made on the basis of information available on respective product websites and product labeling June 2015. All prices are based on typical suggested retail or list price of each brand, gathered from searching various online retailers June 2015. Life’s Abundance® price is based on Autoship price of a 6.6 lb. bag. Life's Abundance is in no way associated, sponsored, or affiliated with any of the manufacturers listed. Artemis® Fresh Mix Feline Formula is a registered trademark of Artemis Company, Blue Buffalo® Healthy Living Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe for Adult Cats is a registered trademark of The Blue Buffalo Co., Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul© is a registered trademark of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance® Original Ultra Premium Dry Cat Food is a registered trademark of Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., Eagle Pack® Natural Cat Food is a registered trademark of Wellpet LLC, Evolve Maintenance Formula with Chicken Dry Cat Food is a brandname of Sunshine Mills, Inc., Fancy Feast® Gourmet Savory Chicken & Turkey Formula for Cats is a registered trademark of The Nestlé Group, Canidae® Life Stages Chicken Meal and Rice Formula is a brandname of Canidae Corporation, Flint River™ Ranch Adult and Kitten Cat Food is a trademark of Philip J. Flint, Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Chicken A La Veg Formula Dry Cat Food is a brandname of Fromm Family Foods, Halo® Spot's Stew® Wholesome Chicken Indoor Formula Dry Cat Food is a registered trademark of Halo, Purely for Pets, Inc., Hill’s Ideal Balance® is a registered trademark of Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc., IAMS® Proactive Health™ Adult Original with Chicken is a registered trademark of Mars, Inc., Indigo Moon Grain Free Cat Food is a brandname of Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc., Innova® Cat Food is a registered trademark of Natura Pet Products, Inc., Newman's Own Organics® Adult Formula Dry Cat Food is a registered trademark of NO Limit, LLC, Orijen® Cat & Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food is a registered trademark of Champion Petfoods Ltd., Purina Beyond® White Meat Chicken & Whole Oat Meal Recipe Dry Cat Food is a registered trademark of The Nestle Group, Purina ONE® SmartBlend Adult Chicken and Turkey is a registered trademark of The Nestle Group, Royal Canin® Feline Health Nutrition Adult Fit 32 Dry Cat Food is a registered trademark of Royal Canin SAS Societe, Wellness® Complete Health Adult Cat Food is a registered trademark of WellPet LLC.