While preparing the Nulo cat food review, we came across an interesting story. Michael Landa was surprised seeing the condition and number of overweight pets, who also happened to be diabetes-stricken. The started to investigate the reason behind this trend and tried to connect it with their nutrition intake. This led to a disappointing answer, as Landa found. High-glycemic ingredients were being added to the food. With the help of experts, the created and marketed Nulo in 2009.
The Nulo Freestyle range, about which we will discuss here has options for both dry and wet type of foods. The recipes are free of grains and gluten and boast a high meat content.
Nulo Cat Food Comparison:
Product Reviews: Nulo Cat Food Review (Dry and Wet Versions)
Following are 3 in-depth analysis of our top Nulo cat food reviews. They are analyzed based on the ingredients that the pack contains, the nutrition, the calories they provide and lastly wrapped up with pros and cons.
Let’s get started.
1. Nulo Adult & Kitten Grain-Free Dry Cat Food with BC30 Probiotic, Chicken and Cod Recipe
The first option that we have is the Nulo Dry Chicken and Cod recipe which, since a part of the freestyle range, happens to be grain-free. Also, it has probiotics in it and is suitable for cats of tender age to older cats or adult cats.
As you may know, the first five ingredients say a lot about the product in hand. So, if you find allergens, questionable, unrecognizable ingredients there, you know what you are certainly not buying as opposed to what you are, unfortunately. So, after seeing what products make up the bulk of the Nulo Chicken and Cod, we discovered the following:
Quality Protein Source: Deboned chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, deboned codfish
Questionable ingredients: None
Possible Source of Allergy in Cats: Codfish
The ingredient that is found here in abundance, is the deboned chicken since it is their first listed ingredients. That is both satisfactory to the cat parents and helpful for the cats themselves. This is a quality ingredient that must be present in all cat foods in other forms of type, being proteinous whatsoever. Again, the meals in the form of turkey meal and chicken meal, yet again, strengthen the protein presence. Some claim to add meals to cat foods in unnecessary since they do nothing but add bulk to it. But their importance in giving the dry kibbles appealing shapes to attract the cats is undeniable.
Although there aren’t any questionable, unrecognizable ingredients here, the pack could be not the choice of some, since their cats could be allergic to codfish being seafood.
The nutrition analysis revealed that the Nulo chicken and cod contain an average amount of protein, the average amount of fat, the average amount of carbohydrates, the average amount of fiber, that is almost all the nutritional value in average, compared to similar other dry cat food that works for both kittens and adult cats. It doesn’t shine too bright when it comes to nutrition, however, the sourcing makes the product attractive.
Taking the help of the AAFCO calculations, we found that the Nulo Chicken and Cod recipe has roughly 394 calories per 100 g of the product, which is equivalent to 111 calories per ounce, which is a little more than the calories provided by similar other cat foods.
2. Nulo Grain-Free Dry, Indoor Cat Food with BC30 Probiotic, Duck & Lentils Recipe
Second, in line is the Nulo Duck and Lentils recipe for adult cats that are comfortable and reared indoors. Since they do not move out too much, their food needs to be in balance of calories and protein. However, indoors doesn’t necessarily mean they will be less active. The nutritional need for such cats needs to be attended specifically so as to meet their carnivorous nature. Nulo has prepared this mixture to meet such needs, or so they claim. Let us analyze.
The ingredient list features what makes your product. If the pack is of bread, definitely the first ingredient will be flour. Since that is the key or star ingredient of bread. There could be several other things depending on the type of bread you wish to consume, but things like egg, milk, salt, sugar, the oil will be on top of the list.
Similar is the case with cat food. The first few, the vital few, more precisely, are what make the most of the product. So you have to check the first five for potential allergic ingredients, unrecognizable ingredients, protein sources, etc.
The Nul Duck and Lentils recipe showed the following ingredients as prior:
Quality Protein Sources: deboned duck, chicken meal, turkey meal, and deboned codfish.
Questionable ingredients: None as of yet
Ingredients that can cause allergic reactions: Deboned codfish.
As is the star in the packet, duck is the most plentiful ingredient here. After that, there are two different kinds of meals: chicken meal and turkey meal to add bulk to the real duck, also shape the food. Lastly, there aren’t any hard-to-recognize, unpronounceable names on the list, but the presence of codfish means that cats that are allergic to seafood should steer clear of this one.
Analyzing the nutrition, the following was revealed: there is an average amount of protein, carbs, fiber and fat in the dry indoor cat food. However, the actual mi should have been more protein, less fat, fewer carbs and the optimal amount of fiber.
Calculations from AAFCO have let us find out that the pack provides with 376 calories per 100 grams of dry cat food and that is roughly equivalent to 106 calories per ounce of cat food. This is lower than the Nulo Chicken and Cod Recipe.
3. Nulo Adult & Kitten Grain-Free, Canned, Wet Cat Food, Turkey and Chicken Recipe, 5.5 oz, Case of 5 or 24
First wet cat food and the last in the list that we would like to talk about today is the Nulo Turkey and Chicken wet cat food. This comes in a can obviously, as most wet cat foods do. It has a mix of pros and cons, but it is for you to decide whether you wish to buy it or not.
Assuming that you are reading this for the review on the wet food only, let us reiterate how to detect what is in your food. Of course, checking the ingredient list is what you should do. But there is a way to approach it. Firstly, if you see the first ingredient on the list is a fat or fat variant, or a carb or carb variant, don’t buy it. The first ingredient on the list is the abundant one, So a cat food should have a protein as the top one on the list. The rest 3 to 4 ingredients are present in lesser amounts but are the supportive ones. The ones present next are less important, but this does not mean you shouldn’t beware of them.
Quality sources of protein in the list: turkey, chicken, turkey liver and tuna
Questionable ingredients: guar gum
Ingredients on the list that can cause allergic reactions: tuna, menhaden fish oil
The ingredient that is present the most on the list is a turkey. This is a great source of protein for cats as we know already; which ups further with the support of turkey liver, added real chicken, and tuna. Note that, there is no meal in this product, and rightfully so. Because wet foods need not be given shape or increased in bulk. So omitting meals from the ingredient list was a good thing to do.
But there are questionable ingredients in the list, in the likes of guar gum which we did not like the presence of. Also, the presence of some potential allergens makes it a reduced choice.
The analysis of the nutrition provided by the food gave us the information: it contains an average amount of proteins and carbs and significantly more than average presence of fat but significantly less fiber than similar other wet cat food.
From the calculations provided by the AAFCO, we found out that there are 107 calories per 100 gram of wet cat food, which is approximately equal to 30 calories per ounce; a little more than similar wet cat food.
Sourcing and Manufacturing:
You may be delighted to know that Nulo is sourced from around the world. North America, France, New Zealand are some of the producers of the ingredients of Nulo. They are all tested to ensure the highest quality and safety by Nulo before being used as a manufacturing raw material. Other than their wet cat food which manufactures in Thailand, the rest are manufactured in the USA.
Overall, Nulo is a great option for dry cat food as we would like to conclude. About wet cat food, we have seen better ones, so we do not emphasize that the wet food was the best, budget-friendly, money-can-buy food that we came across after having reviewed and studies so many products. So it scores a 2 out of 3 overall. Again, the overall good thing about Nuli is that it is priced moderately. There isn’t a hiked price due to sourcing quality ingredients, neither are they charging too less in their wet cat food that could have been better. It can be termed as one of the better cat foods being sold. With boastful probiotics and nothing artificial whatsoever, we surely would recommend you to purchase and give Nulo a try. And we also aren’t totally defiant of the wet version. It just could have done better. But isn’t that bad. So, you can try this one out too. And to deter the woes of the skeptics, Nulo’s wet cat food does offer more hydration to your cats than others. So, if you have a cat that doesn’t drink too often, you know where to look.
Nulo is a great option to try, overall. So, we would urge you to buy these products from the list that we suggested or do your own research to find out what suits your cat the best. There are plenty of food varieties that you can choose from. So, give it a shot!