With the Purina reputation extending back over 90 years, the cat and dog food brand is certainly a household name. Driven by quality, targeted nutrition for our cats, the company has evolved its range over the years, with its Purina Pro Plan line one of its most popular. Designed to target specific health conditions and life stages as well as provide what Purina considers as optimum nutrition through quality ingredients, Pro Plan is one of the best-selling ranges on the market. But as we know, felines are fussy creatures and Pro Plan doesn’t always hit the mark with all cats. We aim to help you decide whether to swap over your kit’s diet with our Purina Pro Plan cat food review.
Purina Pro Plan Cat Food Review
Minimum protein: 40%
Minimum fat: 16%
Maximum fiber: 2%
Maximum moisture: 12%
Fortified with probiotics
Vitamin A and linoleic acid for healthy skin and coat
Added vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
First three ingredients: chicken, brewer’s yeast, corn gluten meal
Purina Pro Plan’s Savor line has been created to get your cat’s attention with a combination of taste, texture and aroma and is a good choice for fussy eaters as well as adult cats who simply love their food! And this delicious chicken and rice formula has added probiotics sourced from chicory fiber to help keep their digestion on track too. The dry kibble is made from 40% protein, with chicken as the main source, so you can be sure your kit is getting the protein they need for muscles, energy and all-round good health. Add in vitamin A omega-6 (linoleic acid) for their skin, joints and coat, as well as immune system boosting antioxidants and you get an everyday cat food that not only tastes divine to your kit’s palate but is good for them too. But all this added taste makes this Pro Plan cat food formula pretty rich so if you cat has a sensitive tum, it’s best to slowly introduce them to their new pro plan cat food so their system can adjust.
Minimum protein: 40%
Minimum fat: 13.5%
Maximum fiber: 4.8%
Maximum moisture: 12%
Balanced formula to maintain healthy weight
Added natural fiber for hairball management
Fortified with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
First three ingredients: turkey, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal
Indoor cats need a carefully balanced diet to ensure they get all the ingredients, nutrients and energy they need while ensuring they maintain a healthy weight. Hairballs in indoor cats can also be an issue, but with Pro Plan’s Indoor Care formula you can keep your kit healthy. With turkey as its main protein source, the protein levels in this Pro Plan cat food are high so your indoor cat can maintain his lean muscle without putting on weight. And there’s added natural fiber too, to help control the build-up of hairballs which indoor cats, especially the longer haired pedigree breeds, are prone to. Good digestive tract health will help your kit to naturally pass those tricky little hairballs and reduce the unpleasant regurgitation that can occur. Add in antioxidants for their immune system as well as essential vitamins and minerals, and this tasty dry Pro Plan cat food has all the right ingredients to keep your indoor kit happy. It is on the expensive side, but as your cat doesn’t need the same amount as a more energetic outdoor cat, Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care is a quality buy.
Minimum protein: 12%
Minimum fat: 3.5%
Maximum fiber: 0.2%
Maximum moisture: 78%
Balanced to reduce urinary PH
Low magnesium to prevent stones
Added vitamins, minerals and taurine
First three ingredients: water, meat by-products, chicken
If your kit suffers from issues with their urinary tract, or you want to help prevent kidney or bladder stones from returning, then this deliciously moist Pro Plan wet cat food from their Focus range is a tasty choice. Focus Urinary Tract Health is a carefully balanced wet formula without losing any of the taste cats love. With real chicken as its first ingredient, the high water level makes this an easily digestible wet food which supports their urinary tract health and also helps to ensure your cat stays hydrated. Purina Urinary Diet is also balanced to reduce your kit’s urinary PH for a healthy urinary tract as well as being low in magnesium, which can contribute to the formation of stones or crystals. With 25 essential vitamins and minerals, this Pro Plan Focus wet cat food also has added taurine to help boost and support your cat’s immune system and all-round health. The texture of this Pro Plan wet cat food will also entice your cat, especially if they are a fussy eater, with a chicken-style entrée and plenty of rich gravy. Feed this Purina Pro Plan Focus Urinary Diet its own as a wet food or add dry kibble for a combined meal.
Minimum protein: 41%
Minimum fat: 18%
Maximum fiber: 3%
Maximum moisture: 12%
DHA (omega 3) for brain and vision
Lean protein to support healthy muscles
Added antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
First three ingredients: chicken, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal
To give your kitten a healthy start in life, Purina have come up with their Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food that works to nourish and support their growing body. High in the essential crude protein they need to build lean, strong muscles, this kitten food is also high in the calories an energetic kit needs to grow and develop. The dry kibble is nicely sized for smaller mouths and gives a satisfactory crunch your little one will really enjoy. But it’s what’s inside the kibble that’s going to help your growing kit. Each serving is packed with the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA which nourishes the brain and supports eye development. Then there’s calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth as well as a host of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help develop their immune system and all-round young cat health. And the beauty of this Purina Pro Plan cat food formula with its delicious flavors is that it can also be fed to pregnant mom cats, to nourish both her and her growing kit babies. Just ensure you follow the guide on how much to feed your young cat at each stage as this is a calorific meal.
Minimum protein: 36%
Minimum fat: 16%
Maximum fiber: 2%
Maximum moisture: 12%
Egg protein to neutralize saliva allergen
Protein-rich – whole chicken
Probiotics, taurine, vitamins and minerals
First three ingredients: chicken, rice, corn gluten meal
If you or a member of your family has an allergic reaction to your kit, it can be an upsetting situation for you all. It’s often the cat hair and dander that are the culprits and surprisingly their diet can help to dampen those allergens down. Which is why Purina have formulated this impressive cat food with quality ingredients for allergens. So confident are Purina in their LiveClear product, that they claim it can reduce the allergens in your cat’s fur and dander by an impressive 47% within three weeks of adding the food to your cat’s diet. LiveClear focuses on a common cat allergen, known as Fel d 1, which is found in their saliva. Made with a key protein from eggs, LiveClear works to bind the Fel d 1 allergen to effectively neutralize it. Fed to your cat daily, you should soon see a real reduction in your reaction to your pet’s hair. Alongside a nutritionally balanced formula – chicken, vitamins, minerals and probiotics – LiveClear is a bit of a game changer for cats when it comes to a healthy diet. And feedback is it’s pretty tasty too!
Purina Pro Plan Cat Food Buying Guide
Purina has been feeding our cats for over 90 years but can trace its roots back to 1894 when it started as a farm feed supplier in the US, founded by George Robinson and known as Purina Mills. The company changed its name to Ralston Purina in 1902 and started to focus on the animal and pet nutrition market and by 1926 had established the first ‘pet nutrition and care center’ in Missouri. This marked the start of Purina’s drive to raise standards in both dog and cat food, and their focus on ingredients analysis for the optimum nutrition for our pets.
In 1986, Purina created an innovative process by which you can use real meat as the central protein source in its dry food and launched its Purina Pro Plan range. The first of its kind, Pro Plan is based on the premise of balanced, optimum nutrition for health and wellbeing.
In 2001, Purina became part of the global Nestle brand, cementing its position as one of today’s leading pet food suppliers. From its original ‘Chow’ range of the 1930s to 1960s, Purina now has four core pet food brand products – Purina One, Purina Gourmet, Purina Pro Plan and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets. They also produce Felix and GoCat.
Working to their belief that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to nutrition is not right for every pet, Purina works with over 400 scientists to create tailored nutrition for the various life-stages of your pet, as well as targeted health and nutritional needs to cater for your cat's true nature. The Purina Pro Plan range – the focus of our review - offers wet and dry cat food in a range of formulas designed to cater for health conditions and specific dietary needs, including age-specific, allergens, urinary care and digestive health.
Purina continues to source all its ingredients in the US, where their pet food products are also produced and packaged. They ship to over 70 countries around the world.
Why Choose This Brand?
OK, Purina’s products may not be the cheapest but as the saying goes, you do get what you pay for. For your buck, you not only get quality ingredients, but they are also nutritionally balanced and if your cat could talk, he’s most likely to tell you their wet and dry food taste pretty good too. However, the taste buds of cats can be a little unpredictable, so here are our three main reasons why you should consider choosing the Purina brand:
With a pet food heritage that dates back a century, and an understanding of quality pet nutrition from the get-go, Purina’s reputation as a market leader is pretty much a given. But Purina don’t take their reputation for granted as they invest in research to get their both their wet and dry cat and dog products spot on. This includes working with experts in animal nutrition, physiology and behavior, as well as a team of scientists and veterinarians to ensure optimum nutrition for your cats.
- Commitment to targeted nutrition
Since they founded their first pet nutrition and care center back in 1926, Purina’s commitment to understanding the power of nutrition on your cat or dog’s health is clear. This means you get a carefully planned balance of nutrients for your cat, in different formulations to boost their health and manage existing conditions for all-round wellbeing.
- Responsibly sourced ingredients
The quality theme continues to how Purina source ingredients for their wet and dry pet food and they are pretty picky when it comes to their suppliers. And they are hot on responsibly sourcing, with their website proudly claiming that can trace every one of their ingredients back to its source. And with their high standards and strict assessment criteria, new suppliers can take up to 12 months to pass the test and get on to Purina’s books.
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- Customer experience
It's no coincidence that Purina pet foods are regularly at the top of the ‘best’ lists when it comes to both sales and pet preferences. And it is the Pro Plan range that's the most consistent when it comes to customer reviews. But it doesn’t just stop at your pet’s food bowl as Purina is also rated for its customer service, with most of its products including a money back guarantee.
- Ingredient Analysis
Protein - as your cat's true nature is a carnivore, Purina only use real whole meat or fish as their main protein source, at higher levels than many other cat food products. Meat such as chicken, beef or lamb are also excellent sources of essential fatty acids, vitamin B and iron. Fish protein is also another popular ingredient, which also includes the bones, as when ground they are a good source of calcium which your kit needs. Oily fish also adds an extra boost of healthy omega fatty acids as well as vitamin A and D.
Carbohydrates – the main source of carbs in Purina dry and wet pet food is cereal based, typically rice, wheat, corn and barley as they all provide energy as well as essential nutrients, including vitamin B. The fiber in these carbs also help to support a healthy digestive system.
Fats – an essential part of your cat’s diet, Purina includes the most appropriate fat level in all their products, depending on their life stage or health management needs. Ensuring your cat gets the right amount of fat can boost their skin and coat as well as help to a maintain healthy immune system.
Vitamins and minerals - Purina fortify their formulas with the most appropriate vitamins, minerals and probiotics for cats, to help maintain their maintain body structures and vital functions.
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