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Disclaimer

  1. Cat Food Central is maintaining an up to date database containing dry cat foods from various brands, companies and manufacturers and present a score per each product based on an evaluation method developed by dmitryGo.
  2. The content on this site wasn’t created by a nutritionist or veterinarian, and this evaluation method is based on a result of personal studying of the materials found in the internet.
  3. This comparison is not sponsored by any food maker company, importer or any other part or person that could have interest.
  4. Cat Food Central is neither affiliated nor sponsored by companies whose logos are displayed on this site, the logos belong to their respective copyright holders and are displayed solely for editorial and informational purposes.
  5. All products’ data and information is taken from public resources – including mainly but not only from across the internet – and Cat Food Central shall not carry any responsibility nor liability for the accuracy of the data and/or appearance/mis-appearance of it.
  6. The lists of ingredients and analysis are taken from the manufacturers’ sites or photos of the actual bags. There could be inconsistencies between the data on manufacturers’ sites (and therefore in this site as well) and on the actual foods as can be found at local stores.
  7. The lists of ingredients, guaranteed analysis and links were correct at the time of the product last update as indicated at the bottom of each product page. We try to keep it up to date but we have no responsibility for changes manufacturers make in their products and sites. Do not use nor take the data from this website for any kind of references.
  8. Only foods with reliable information sources were evaluated. The same is correct for the lists of ingredients and guaranteed analysis.
  9. The terms Ingredients and Guaranteed Analysis are used also for European made foods but technically the terms which should have been used are Composition and Analytical Constituents for these foods. The usage is only for simplicity.
  10. Whenever it was possible – “as fed” values were used for score calculation.
  11. “Special” foods like any kind of special care formulas, as well as foods formulated for specific cat breeds (except Persian cats and large breeds) are not included in the list.
  12. Special health care and veterinarian foods are also not included in the list because they should probably be evaluated differently, at least part of them. It doesn’t necessarily mean the evaluation rules used cannot be applied on these foods as well.
  13. This site and the data it provides does NOT act by any way as a replacement to a professional advisory from a licensed veterinarian in concern to your cat’s diet. Always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns or questions about your cat’s diet and nutrition.

How the score is calculated?

The actual calculation of the score is based on sophisticated and advanced algorithm that takes into account multiple parameters.

To simplify the explanation, the calculation is based on three main criteria:

(1) Amount of protein (more is better)

(2) Amount of carbohydrates (less is better)

(3) Quality and source of ingredients.

Based on that 3 main criteria, 9 score calculation rules are used to compare the different foods.

One major assumption is that the closer an ingredient is to the top of the ingredient list, the greater its relative weight and contribution to the food.

In general, cat food is composed of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins, and minerals.

Protein is the most important component in a cat’s diet, and cats primarily get their protein from animal meat.

Fat is a primary source of energy and essential fatty acids.

Carbohydrates are controversial in a cat’s diet, as cats are obligate carnivores and typically consume very few carbohydrates.

Fibers play an important role in digestion and food absorption, and vitamins and minerals are essential for different organism functions.

Dry matter values are used to compare the amount of nutrients in different cat foods.
This means that moisture is excluded from the equation to provide a more accurate comparison.

Putting all of these and more into a formula results in a product score.

The maximum score a cat food can receive is 100.
Points are added or removed based on the score calculation rules.