Honest Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food Review

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Purina Pro plan kitten food review

Score

Wet: 8/10 Dry: 6/10

Bottom Line

Whilst their wet food is great, their dry range falls short in nutrition quality.

PROS

  • Low carb for easy digestion
  • Great tasting
  • Reliable brand

CONS

  • Uses meat by-products
  • Dry food is worth avoiding
  • Limited variety of flavors

Purina Pro Plan offers great quality wet food for your kitten. Just ignore the dry food and you’re in good shape.

Want to find out more?

In this Purina Pro Plan kitten food review I’ve gone through the nutrition of this product to see how it stacks up.

I’ve also tested this food with our cat Oscar to see whether he licks his plate clean.

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food Review: Short Summary

Purina Pro Plan tender pieces with chicken in jelly (Australia).
A product from Purina Pro Plan kitten food range (Australian product).

Purina Pro plan kitten is a popular brand. Their wet kitten food is high in protein and low in carbs, making it an easy to digest choice.

The dry food is high in carbohydrate like most kibble though. I would give that choice a miss. Purina Pro Plan’s wet kitten food also uses meat by-products, a vague animal protein source.

I’ll go over the following areas in the rest of this review:

  • Ingredient quality
  • Nutrition
  • How my cat enjoyed this product
  • Price
  • Trust and recalls

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food Ingredients

Purina Pro Plan kitten food ingredients (Australia).
The ingredients list for Purina Pro Plan kitten tender pieces with chicken in jelly (Australian product)

The ingredients in Purina Pro plan’s wet kitten food range are average. It’s high in animal sources, but also uses unnamed meat by-products.

Meat by-products are a vague source of nutrition. This includes a range of animal sources and body parts.

Whilst named sources are more ideal, by-products offer better nutrition to plant based foods.

There are two grain-free wet kitten food products from Purina Pro plan, which use guar gum as a thickener.

Here’s a run down of ingredients in the wet kitten foods from Purina Pro plan:

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Liver (unspecified source)
  • Meat by-products (unspecified source)
  • Poultry by-products
  • Rice (not in the grain-free products)
  • Guar gum
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Purina Pro Plan’s dry kitten food has more meals and plant ingredients. The protein quality is lower and includes more carb based foods higher on the ingredient list.

Here’s a run down of ingredients found:

  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Corn gluten meal
  • Wheat gluten meal
  • Pea protein
  • Soybean meal
  • Chicken by-product meal
  • Dried egg product
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

I would prefer to see more meat based ingredients. As carnivores, kittens benefit most from meat, organs, and bone products.

Ingredient Score: 6.5/10 (wet) 3.5/10 (dry)

Table 1: Purina Pro Plan kitten ingredientsScoreIngredients
Wet (average)6.5/10Salmon, Ocean Fish, Liver, Meat By-Products, Water, Chicken, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Tricalcium Phosphate, Rice, MINERALS [Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide], Guar Gum, VITAMINS [Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement], Taurine, Choline Chloride, Salt
Dry (average)3.5/10Chicken, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Beef Fat Preserved With Mixed-tocopherols, Soybean Meal, Soy Protein Isolate, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Poultry By-product Meal, Natural Flavor, Wheat Flour, Sodium Caseinate, L-lysine Monohydrochloride, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Biotin (Vitamin B-7), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K)], Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Taurine, Dl-methionine, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food Nutrition

Whilst the nutrition in their wet food is great, Purina Pro plan’s dry food falls short.

The wet food range meets the AAFCO nutrition guidelines for growth. Carbs are around 2.1% on a dry matter basis for the wet.

On the other hand the dry food has 24.9% carbs on a dry matter basis. This is too high for our liking and why I’m critical of this food.

So in short:

Wet, yay.

Dry, nay.

Cool?

Nutrition Score: 10/10 (wet) 4/10 (dry)

Table 2: Purina Pro Plan kitten food nutritionKcal/kgKcal/g (dry matter)ProteinFatCarbsFiberAshMoistureTaurineCalcium: phosphate ratio
Wet (average)1,2565.351.1%*25.5%2.1%6.4%14.9%76.5%0.2%1.5:1
Dry (average)4,3084.947.7%21.6%24.9%2.8%3.0%12.0%0.2%1.3:1
*on a dry matter basis #estimated ash content

What Did Our Cat Think Of Purina Pro Plan Kitten?

I served Purina Pro Plan tender pieces with chicken to our cat tester Oscar. He loved it and devoured it quickly.

I think he may have set the world record…

As yet, I have not tested any other product from this brand. This is a product from the Australia, so may not reflect results from different areas.

Here are the results of our taste testing:

Here is a short video of Oscar trying this cat food:

Here is a presentation of this cat food.

Purina Pro Plan tender pieces with chicken in jelly (presentation).
Purina Pro Plan tender pieces with chicken in jelly (presentation).

Taste Score: 10/10 (wet) dry food untried

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food Price

Compared to the average cat food, Purina Pro Plan wet kitten foods are on the mid-high priced. On the other hand, the dry food range is relatively affordable on a price per pound basis.

This can change due to inflation and product availability.

Price Score: 8/10 (wet) 9/10 (dry)

Purina Pro Plan Kitten Food Trust

Purina are a huge pet food company that includes brands such as:

  • Fancy Feast
  • Friskies
  • Kit and Kaboodle
  • Purina Beyond
  • Purina ONE

I found all the information about their products online without barriers. Purina seem to attend to any customer queries online promptly (e.g. how much carbohydrate is in their product).

Their contact information is accessible on the homepage and visible in the top right corner. I didn’t contact the brand for any further info, but I find this inviting.

Most of their food is made in the USA, but they seem to import ingredients from around the world including China.

Another thing Purina do is give information about each ingredient used. Despite this, it would help to have more info about the source of their meat by-products.

Are there any recalls of Purina Pro Plan?

Since this brand encompasses a wide array of different brands and sub-brands, the chance of recalls goes up. Recalls are reported openly on their website news center which is nice to see.

Overall, I don’t see anything untoward about Purina. They are a big company that produces pet food at scale. They are open and transparent, but I don’t have complete trust in their ingredient quality.

Trust Score: 8/10

Conclusion

I think Purina Pro Plan is a good choice for kittens…well, at least their wet kitten food range. It’s a low carb food that our cat devoured and loved. It meets the nutrition needs for growth as specified by AAFCO.

The main gripe I have is their dry food. It’s a bit high in carbohydrate and low quality protein ingredients like corn gluten meal. These ingredients don’t benefit kittens.

My top pick is Purina Pro Plan kitten classic chicken entree grain-free. Check it out below:

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