Kittens have special nutritional needs to promote growth and development, such as extra protein for muscle development; fat for energy, fatty acids, and to carry fat-soluble vitamins; and extra vitamins and minerals for strong bones and teeth. These foods were ranked first, for protein source, and second, for nutritional analysis, giving weight to protein and fat, although other factors applied.
These dry kitten foods do not contain any wheat gluten, nor were they part of the Menu Foods recall of March 16, 2007.
EVO handily scored five stars in my review of this product. Although I usually prefer foods made specifically for kittens, the 42% protein (not converted to dry matter) sold me on EVO for growing kittens as well as for adult cats. The first listed ingredients are Turkey, Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat, EVO contains no grains at all.
Wellness came in handily as second, with 34% protein and 20% fat. The first five ingredients were Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chicken Liver, Ground Brown Rice, and Ground Whole Oats. The fat source listed was Canola Oil, rather than chicken fat. Wellness consistently ranks high among Cats Forum members, and their kitten food is no exception.
This kitten food listed Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Rice, and Chicken Fat as the first five ingredients. The guaranteed analysis showed a whopping 37% crude protein and 22% crude fat. In the Nutritional Analysis, Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Kitten Food exceeded minimum industry standards (AAFCO) in every category.
Premium Edge Kitten Formula was the food of choice at the foster home our kitten Billy came from, and we continued to use this brand until he was an adult. It's fairly inexpensive, and lists Chicken, Chicken Meal, White Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, and Chicken Fat as the first five ingredients. I'd have preferred not to see the "corn," but Billy did not demonstrate any food allergies. Protein: 34%, Fat: 22%
Chicken Soup cat and kitten formulas are a standby among the About.com Cats Forum, and for good reasons: a respectable list of ingredients and cats generally love these foods. The kitten formula weighs in at 34% with crude fat at 22%. Top listed ingredients are Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ocean fish meal, white rice, potatoes, oatmeal, millet. If I had kittens again, I'd not hesitate to feed this kitten food.