It is not surprising that Kitten Chow along with other low-end foods like Friskies and 9 Lives are so often fed to kittens–it is one of the least expensive “name brand” foods you can buy, and it’s very common to find in grocery stores.

Foods like these are often fed by owners who haven’t yet learned to decipher ingredients, and by animal shelters who frankly are so underfunded they cannot afford more expensive brands.

This low-quality Chow is very high in inappropriate carbohydrates and grains, and a quality meat source is nowhere to be found.

“Chicken by-product” can include beaks, legs, intestines, and some feathers, and this is the primary “meat” in this kitten food.

The presence of animal digest also raises a flag–According to the FDA, if the source of the digest is not specified, it can come from any animal in any state, including diseased, dying, and even euthanized animals!

It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to realize how horrible this can be for your kitten.

The following is a review of Purina Kitten Food:

Kitten Chow Nurturing Formula

Cost 1 2 3 4 5

Kitten Chow Overall Health 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Consumer Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Addresses Special Needs: Heart, Immune System, Joint Health
First Five Ingredients:
  • Poultry By-product Meal
  • Corn Gluten Meal
  • Brewers Rice
  • Soy Flour
  • Animal Fat
Other Ingredients: Soybean meal, ground yellow corn,
fish meal, animal digest
Carb Fillers Used: Corn, Gluten, Soy, Rice
Contains Animal Digest: YES
Contains By-Products: YES
Hypoallergenic: NO
Crude Fat%: 12.5 Crude Protein%: 40 Fiber%: 4


  • Higher than average protein
  • Contains Fish meal,
    but far down on the list
  • Inexpensive and easily available


  • High amount of corn and other fillers
  • Animal by-product is 1st ingredient
  • Contains animal digest


should I feed my new kitten kitten chow?

We would advise you spend just a little more money for a higher-quality formula than Kitten Chow.

If you find one with a better protein source, your kitten will not eat as much of it.

This will fend off an over-consumption of food (and corn!) and help prevent obesity problems as your kitten grows up. Less food eaten adds up to less money spent in the long run.

To help you make a good decision, read our article on how to choose a quality kitten food.