Nutro Soft Loaf Senior Cat Food (Wet) Review And Nutritional Analysis

*** Unfortunately, the Nutro Soft Loaf and Chunky Loaf Cat Food Lines have been discontinued. This review is left here for reference. ***

Rating

  • Meat is the first ingredient – 1 Star
  • Uses some unnamed meats – 1 Star
  • Above average protein content – 1 Star
  • Less than 4 controversial ingredients – 1 Star
  • Catological Discretionary Rating – 1 Star

Nutro Soft Loaf Senior Chicken is one of our top 2 choices for best cat food for seniors.

Here’s a few important points:

  • Packed with meat, including organ meat
  • No filler ingredients
  • Proteinate version of minerals for easier absorption
  • Easy to eat, easy to digest
  • Highly biologically appropriate macronutrient profile

The Nutro Soft Loaf Senior product line includes 2 wet recipes/flavors. 

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage or packaging: Growth (G), Maintenance (M), All Life Stages (A), Supplemental (S) or Unspecified (U).

The star rating is a rough average of all of the flavors in a single line of food. If an individual recipe scored lower or higher, we will mark that below, next to the flavor.

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Nutro Soft Loaf Senior Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Nutro Soft Loaf Senior Chicken

Wet Cat Food

Estimated Nutrient Content
ProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%23%2%
Calorie Weighted Basis49%50%2%

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein

55%

Fat

23%

Carbs

2%

Fiber (guaranteed analysis)

1%

Calories/100g

116

Is real, named meat the first ingredient?

Yes

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Pork Broth, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Sodium Phosphate, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Salt, Taurine.

Ingredients in red are controversial or of questionable quality.

Ingredient Breakdown

The first ingredient in this cat food is chicken. Good.

While quality of the individual ingredient can vary, chicken is a good protein source for cats.

It’s also important to note that chicken contains about 70% water, so when it is processed and cooked for use in cat food, it will become a smaller part of the total recipe.

The second ingredient is chicken liver. Good.

Liver is an important organ meat that your cat would eat in the wild to get extra protein, vitamins, and minerals.

This is usually a sign of a high quality food.

The third ingredient is chicken broth. Good.

Instead of using water for processing, chicken broth is added for moisture.

Broth may contain vitamins and nutrients from the original animal (chicken, in this case), that water would lack.

This is usually a sign of a high quality food.

The fourth ingredient is pork broth. Good.

Instead of using water for processing, pork broth is added for moisture.

Broth may contain vitamins and nutrients from the original animal (pork, in this case), that water would lack.

This is usually a sign of a high quality food.

Ignoring natural flavors, which are fine, the fifth ingredient is guar gum. OK, but with reservations.

Guar gum comes from guar beans, and is a thickening agent.

In small quantities, like those in cat food, it should be a harmless ingredient.

However, some research has shown that including guar gum in a commercial cat food “had a significant negative effect on apparent protein digestibility in many of the cats and tended to depress apparent fat and energy digestibilities.”

While not heavily substantiated beyond this study, it might mean your cat needs to eat more protein to make up for the lower digestibility.

This recipe includes a number of other ingredients, but once you get down this far, none of them will be in large enough quantities to make a real difference, except for the added vitamins and minerals.

However, there are still a few things you should know about.

This recipe uses the proteinate form of minerals, which means that they should be easier to digest for your cat, and be more readily available for her body to use to maintain her health. This is usually a sign of a quality food.

To read a more in depth article about any of the ingredients listed here, check out our Cat Food Ingredient Wiki (currently under development).

The Catological Verdict on Nutro Soft Loaf Senior Wet Cat Food

From top to bottom, this is an above average wet product.

From the abundance of meats, including organs, to the lack of fillers, to the addition of important minerals and vitamins, this ticks all the boxes.

This is a fantastic example of the type of food you should be feeding your older cat.

Since meat shows up frequently, and right at the top of the ingredient list, we can assume that this is a meat-based cat food, with enough meat to make it biologically appropriate for a cat’s dietary needs.

To review, on a dry matter basis, this food is 55% protein, 23% fat, and 2% carbs.

As a group, the brand has an average protein content of 55%, and average fat content of 20%, and an average carb content of 0%.

Compared to the other 2000+ foods in our database, this food has:

  • Above average protein.
  • Above average fat.
  • Below average carbs.

Because it is full of quality meat products and no other filler ingredients, our average rating for this brand is 5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Nutro Cat Food Recall History

We do not believe that a recall indicates a low quality food or company, and we respect the fact that sometimes things happen that cause a manufacturer to recall a food.

Usually these things are non-life-threatening, and we think it’s important to take a moment to be thankful about just how few recalls there really are in the industry, considering the enormous volume of food produced.

However, we do believe that a history of recalls may point to a larger issue with a company, and that discerning consumers want to know who they’re buying from, especially when it comes to something as important as the food you feed your beloved cat. 

Here is a list of recalls that have affected the Nutro brand in the past:

  • December 2015 – Potential of mold contamination – 1 recipe affected
  • September 2009 – Plastic found in production line (from worker’s hat) – 2 recipes affected
  • May 2009 – Potentially incorrect zinc and potassium levels – 7 recipes affected
  • March 2007 – Potential melamine contamination – 6 dog food recipes affected

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Where To Buy Nutro Soft Loaf Senior Cat Food

We recommend purchasing your pet products from Chewy.com. They continually prove that they walk the walk while talking the talk, and I’ve never dealt with a more dedicated pet-parent base of people than those who work at Chewy. 

Plus, they offer 20% off and free shipping on lots of orders. 

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Emily Parker
 

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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