The Purina Pro Plan range from Purina, according to the company site, is more than just cat foods. It is intended to make your cat’s everyday food experience extraordinary.
The extraordinary comes from their promise to provide extraordinary nutrition, exceptional taste and flavors, and extra-care for cats that need special food/attention.
The FOCUS category under Pro Plan is to give nutrition to cats with specific needs; addressing their size, age, lifestyle, etc.
The dry formulae under Pro Plan FOCUS come with real poultry/meat/fish and it has wet formulae too, to suit the cats that need and want it, promoting their overall health either way, as you will read in this Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health Formula review.
Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health Formula Review
Here are 2 products (dry and wet) that we studied from the Pro Plan FOCUS and all that you need to know:
Dry Cat Food
Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Review
The formula in this pack is made such that it lowers the urinary pH to improve the urinary tract health of your cat while at the same time provides low dietary magnesium to it.
There are also omega fatty acids and quality protein to promote their shiny coat. There is real chicken in the pack which makes cats love the taste of the food.
There are also calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients that help in bone and joint development.
Lastly, the product is free from artificial colors and flavors. Let us perform a detailed analysis of it:
1. Ingredients Analysis
You can do this yourself. For this, what you need to know is that the first five ingredients listed on the packet say a lot about the product.
Ideally, you should be looking for something that has high-protein, low-fat, low-carbs in it, because we don’t want our pets to be fat.
After you are done with the top five, you should advance to see if there are other ingredients in the list that you would not like in yours.
After analyzing the ingredients of Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula, we found the following:
- Quality ingredient: Chicken
- Questionable ingredient(s): corn gluten meal, wheat flour, brewers rice, ground yellow corn
- Allergens (potential) in the ingredients: corn gluten meal, ground yellow corn, egg product
Although chicken isn’t listed as their first product, it is present here and is the source of quality protein that your cat needs.
The next four ingredients, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, brewers rice, and ground yellow corn aren’t exactly necessary but are used to give the dry kibbles their shape.
Among these, corn gluten meal and yellow corn, besides eggy stuff are things that might cause food allergies in your cat, or not; your vet would know better.
1. Nutrition Analysis
Doing the nutrition analysis, we found that it has less protein than we would like, more carbs, less fat (thankfully), less fiber, and lastly, less moisture (but we can accept that since this is a dry food).
2. Caloric Breakdown
According to AAFCO calculations, it has approximately 356 calories per 100g (which is equivalent to 101 calories per ounce), which is fewer calories compared to the average of the other dry cat foods that we have reviewed.
Wet Cat Food
Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entree In Gravy Review
The wet, gravy version is designed to provide your cat with the benefits of all the good things that the drier version would provide, only easily so.
For cats that have trouble chewing, you can give him this variety and type. There are also other flavors, but their nutritional value is more or less the same.
Here is what we found after the analysis:
1. Ingredient Analysis
Again, as you are up for evaluation, please check the first five ingredients. The first ingredient comes in plenty in the whole thing, the second less than that, the third and the following, lesser, and so on.
The first ingredient should almost always be proteins and whichever ingredients follow should be pronounceable and recognizable.
As we had seen, the ingredients were as such:
- Quality ingredient: Chicken
- Questionable ingredient(s): meat by-products, wheat gluten, corn starch-modified, soy flour
- Allergens (potential) in the ingredients: meat by-products, wheat gluten, corn starch-modified, soy flour
These tick the box of quality protein, but don’t tick for the absence of fillers. The fillers, although used to bind in the content and increase the bulk aren’t quite necessary except for keeping the kibble in shape.
Lastly, not every cat is allergic to corn, soy, etc. There is no reason to be alarmed unless your cat is one of them. However, a by-product of meat is an ingredient of concern.
2. Nutrition Analysis
The nutritional analysis gave us the results that it has more protein than the average wet cat food, which is seriously delightful.
There is an average amount of carbs present in the food, less fat than average which is another reason to rejoice.
Lastly, there is significantly less fiber than competitive products here.
Before deciding yourself, consult with your vet to see if this is a good enough combination for your cat.
3. Caloric Breakdown
The Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entree In Gravy, as provided by the calculations of AAFCO, has approximately 89 calories per 100g ( almost equivalent to 25 calories per ounce), which is an average amount of calories compared to the average of the other wet cat foods that we have studied and do.
What You Need to Know
There are some more things about two of the products that you need to know.
Firstly, the dry Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula is supported by vets.
If you have trouble making the transition from his old food to this new one, give it time.
This formula is even cat-approved so you have nothing to worry about. You can also mix it with wet food, Tuna juice, etc. to make it more appealing to your cat.
The worst that can happen to your cat is diarrhea from not wanting to eat it first, but it won’t adversely affect the urinary health of your cat.
Secondly, the wet Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entrée In Gravy is also recommended by vets and can substitute Rx Kidney cat food.
If your cat has digestive issues, is urinating everywhere, and you are overall unpleased with how things are turning for your feline best friend, you can switch to it without feeling guilty.
After being through with this Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health Formula review, you might be wondering which is the one you should buy.
Of course, you can’t compare apples to oranges, and we just presented to you a dry and a wet food version that can’t be compared outside the broader context of dry and wet food.
If your cat is someone who loves dry kibbles and munching on them, go for the dry version.
If your cat is the type that drinks less water than normal cats do and you want it to have more water, go for the wet version.
Before you make any important switches, consult with your cat’s vet and cat!