Purina ProPlan is a premium cat food (super premium, given the veterinary line) of the class , which should not be confused with Purina Cat Chow and Purina ONE, other feeds of the same company. They should not be confused, because they differ significantly in quality - while Cat Chow can be safely ranked as an economical poison for cats, the quality of ProPlan and ONE is somewhat higher, these are quite decent feeds.
Purina ProPlan is represented in three areas:
- Dry food for healthy cats.
- Wet canned food (spiders).
- Veterinary medical feed line.
ProPlan - balanced feed. This means that if you feed them your cat, no food additives are required. In general, if dry food is chosen as a diet, forget about all sorts of additives and a variety of diets, unless they are recommended by a veterinarian after a thorough examination of the animal. Foods of super-premium and holistic classes do not need any additions.
The protein content in ProPlan is very good - 40% (this may be too much for castrates and sick cats, but for a healthy, active animal, that’s it). However, do not rush to rejoice - you should first study the label to understand what these 40% of the protein are made up of.
A significant plus - in the feed there is real chicken meat (of course, there are varieties with salmon, duck, etc., but in fact all these flavoring additives make up only 2-3% of the total meat in the feed, the basis will still be chicken; do not fall for this advertising rod).
Then the trouble begins. A significant percentage of the protein in the feed is vegetable:
- soy flour;
- soy protein concentrate;
- corn gluten.
Of all these components that are undesirable in the composition of the feed, the worst of all is corn - firstly, it is almost always GMO; secondly, of all cereals, corn is the cheapest and most harmful for cats. In many animals, this ingredient causes allergies with combs and hair falling out.
Far from the first place in the list of ingredients is poultry offal. Simply put, ground waste (not meat or even internal organs!). Feathers, paws, heads ... not what is really useful to your pet.
No less harmful and doubtful are two more components that are in ProPlan - this is the liver and animal fat. There is a lot of liver for cats, but what is animal fat (the manufacturer does not give specifics - what kind of animals are meant), one can only guess.
Another advantage of the feed is that rice was used as a cereal crop (perhaps this is the most suitable cereal). But right next, we read: “wheat flour” - and this is already an allergen.
In addition, some varieties of ProPlan use cellulose powder and brewer's yeast, which can also cause allergies.
I would also like to note that the ProPlan contains enzymes and probiotics that are useful for cat digestion - this is a very positive feature that distinguishes super-premium food. In addition, vitamins and minerals are present in the feed, with a very good ratio of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium (this is important for good kidney function!).
Thus, the feed contains both undoubtedly useful and rather harmful components. Of course, it would be better to choose a higher class food for the animal - for example, Go Natural , NOW, Acana , Felidae, etc. But among the inexpensive options ProPlan is a good choice. After a week or two, the cat will eat only this food, you should check it with the veterinarian - if the tests are good and the food is properly digested, then ProPlan is quite suitable for your pet.
Pluses of this feed
- There is both dry food and spiders.
- A good line of medicinal feed (use as directed by a veterinarian!).
- The composition contains real meat, a significant percentage of animal protein.
- Reasonable prices, widespread.
- Enzymes and probiotics are included in the feed.
- The composition is balanced, no additives are required.
Cons of this feed
- Many plant proteins in the composition, soy and corn are present.
- Among the components are allergens.
- Not enough vegetables in the composition.
- Not all ingredients can be called quality and healthy.