Hill’s Ideal Balance Natural Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe is designed to provide your senior cat with a healthy, nutritious and delicious diet. Although based primarily on chicken and brown rice, it also includes a number of other valuable ingredients, which will ensure the food tastes great and provides everything your cat needs in his diet.
Pros: The vast, overwhelming majority of cat owners who tried Ideal Balance rated the food very highly. Several owners reported an improvement in their cat’s energy level, coat condition and elimination habits (and a reduction in the associated odors). Most cats appear to love the taste of the recipe, and most owners reported no problems when making the switch.
Cons: A handful of cats appeared to find the recipe unappetizing, but this occurs with every cat food (at any rate, most cats appeared to like it). The only other drawbacks to Ideal Balance include the moderately high price and the lack of probiotics, which often help to regulate a cat’s digestive system; regardless, many owners who tried this recipe remarked that their cat’s digestive system worked as well as ever.
Ingredients: Hill’s Ideal Balance Natural Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe boasts a pretty impressive ingredient list, particularly as it relates to the top of the list. As you would want in any high-quality cat food, Ideal Balance lists a whole protein – chicken – as the first ingredient. Chicken is a nutritious and valuable protein, and it is followed by a variety of good carbohydrate sources, including brown rice and yellow peas. A vegetable and fruit blend, including green peas, apples, cranberries, carrots, and broccoli, is also used in the recipe to help provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Flaxseed is also incorporated into the recipe as a source of omega fatty acids. The recipe is further fortified with vitamin and mineral supplements to help prevent nutritional deficiencies. Unfortunately, no probiotics are included among the ingredients, so you may want to use a supplemental probiotic product to help ensure your cat enjoys proper digestive function.
Price: Hill’s Ideal Balance Natural Chicken and Brown Rice is not a low-cost food, but given that it is made in the USA and boasts a pretty respectable ingredient list, you shouldn’t expect it to be. That said, it is not one of the most expensive foods on the market, and most cat owners should be able to fit it into their budget. Whenever purchasing any cat food, try to save yourself some money by buying in the largest quantities possible.
Ideal For: The cats best suited for Hill’s Ideal Balance Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe are those that are over 7 years of age and in good general health. It is not designed for kittens, healthy young adults or lactating females. Although it is not specifically designed to be a limited ingredient diet, it may prove useful for cats who suffer from food allergies, as it is made without many of the most common allergens, including corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives. Because it is rich in omega fatty acids, it may also help improve the general coat health of senior cats who live indoors.