NUTRO™ Wholesome Essentials™ INDOOR ADULT DRY CAT FOOD CHICKEN & BROWN RICE RECIPE is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 166.
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NUTRO™ WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS™ Indoor Adult Farm-Raised Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food always starts with great-tasting chicken as the first ingredient.

This cat food is made with:

•Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which provide natural fibre for healthy digestion
•Essential antioxidants, such as vitamin E, for a healthy immune system
•Omega 6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a soft, shiny coat
•Non-GMO ingredients
•No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives

NUTRO™ Food for Cats follows the NUTRO™ FEED CLEAN™ philosophy.

Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.


Available in the following sizes:
3 lbs. (1.36 kg)
5 lbs. (2.27 kg)
14 lbs. (6.35 kg)


Cats naturally prefer what’s best for them. NUTRO™ Cat Foods contain high quality protein and wholesome ingredients for superb taste and nutrition.

Each NUTRO™ WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS™ DRY CAT recipe meets our FEED CLEAN philosophy and is made with non-GMO ingredients.

Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross-contact during manufacturing.


Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Pea Protein, Whole Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potato Protein, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavour, Oat Fibre, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract. Visit our Ingredient Glossary for more information.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min.) 33.00%
Crude Fat (min.)  14.00%
Crude Fibre (max.) 7.00%
Moisture (max.)  10.00%
Calcium (min.)  0.90%
Vitamin E (min.) 250 IU/kg
Taurine (min.) 0.18%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min.)* 3.00%


* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles

Feeding Guide Overview

  • These are the recommended feeding amounts based on the ideal body condition for adult cats of various weights. Individual cats’ energy requirements may differ. Adjust the amount fed to obtain or maintain your cat’s optimum weight. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times, provide plenty of exercise and see your veterinarian regularly. Serve dry or lightly moistened.
  • Every cup of our food is nutrient dense so your cat gets the right amount of calories in a complete and nutritious meal.
  • To help maintain freshness, seal bag tightly and store in a cool, dry location.
  • Serve dry or slightly moistened in multiple meals throughout the day.

Suggested Amounts to Feed Per Day (Cups)

Cat Weight  Feeding Amount
4 lbs / 2 kg 1/4
8 lbs / 4 kg 1/3
12 lbs / 5 kg 1/2
16 lbs / 7 kg 2/3
22 lbs / 10 kg 3/4


Use a standard 250mL measuring cup which holds 103.2g of NUTRO™ WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS™ Indoor Cat Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food.


Calorie Content


Metabolizable energy 3,663 kcal/kg; 378 kcal/cup (calculated)


Nutritional Adequacy Statement


NUTRO™ WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS™ Indoor Adult Cat Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Cat Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.


Transitioning to Our Products


If switching to this recipe or feeding NUTRO™ Cat Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new recipe with your old food for six days.




Rated 2 out of 5 by from Formula change without notice I also have been feeding my cat this food for over 6 years and my cat loved it. I went to buy more notice the new formula. I brought it home hoping that the new formula wasn't to drastic since everyone knows cats are finicky. This was not the case know my cat is not eating. She goes to her bowl just looks at it from a distance and walks away. Also she started to stress out and loose hair which I have never seen this happen to her. I'm know in the process of changing brands to find something for her to eat. This was not a great move on the Manufacturing, QA, and Marketing department of this company to make this change. (I used to recommend this food to other but not sure know)
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Indoor Adult 1-7 Years Chicken - New Formula?!? My cat Pixie used to run over to her bowl when I would give her a serving of her Nutro Natural Choice Indoor Adult Chicken cat food, but not anymore. :( Ever since I brought home the New and Improved bag, she runs over and smells the food and then walks away...she HATES IT! :( I noticed the kibbles are darker and smaller than the previous formula, but she obviously notices something in the improved formula that she does not like. I wish they would change it back! It took us forever to find a good cat food for her and now we’re back to square one again.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cats won't touch it! I switched to the Natural Choice 'old' formula about 6 months ago, and my cats loved it! Then, 3 days ago, I went to the pet store and there was 'new' packaging. The store clerk assured me that the food was supposed to be the same, just a new look. But, as many of you will notice, the food is smaller and darker. And, oh yeah, my cats won't touch it with a 10 foot pole!! They each took one sniff, walked away, and haven't gone back. The same food from days ago is still sitting in the dish. I'm going to have to get new food today so they don't starve themselves. And it won't be Natural Choice. I'm very upset that I'll have to make such a sudden switch in their food. Overall, I'm very disappointed. I'm disappointed the food was changed so drastically with no warning. I won't be buying any of their products again.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from S. Swain I am rating the NEW formula fair. My cat has eaten the sliced or mince with gracy wet food for sometime and the dry chicken and brown rice for adults 1 through 7. She still loves the wet food, but since the new formula and packaging came out she will not touch the dry food. I am not sure of the new ingredient or change but I have purchased two flavors now to no avail. Nutro please go back to the old formula dry food. I even told my Mom who feeds her dog nothing but Nurto dry food, my sister feeds two cats Nurto, but has not had to purchase the new formula yet and I just got a new puppy 10 months old and I just fed her the first helping of Nurto dog food, which she loved. This rating is bittersweet!
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thank you for making the food more healthy thank you so much i saw you have no corn gluten meal and stuff like that in your food anymore i be more than happy about it i also saw a couple days after i got the normal indoor that you have now grain free cat food (was not in the store when i got the other one) that is awesome i will propaply switch to the grain free but will see which one the like better. i have to say all 5 of my little stinkers did first only sniff and walked away but than after the first one finally tried it, they ate it up, i guess they do not like the smell so much but the taste. thank you for making the food more healthy we more than love that.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My cat cries, she won't eat!!! I have been feeding my cat your food since I brought her home from the pound 8 years ago - she has loved your food since day one. I just bought a bag of this food and was shocked to see such a visible difference!!! Needless to say my cat won't eat this new food and has been crying out all day - I have been a loyal customer for many years and feed my dog your food also but it looks like I have no choice but to find food my kitty will eat - Please reconsider bringing back the old formula because it sounds like I am not the only one having issues, Thank You!!!
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from After 5 years had to switch Have fed Oliver & Millie this food for 5 years and they loved it. Brought home the new package and without any notice or warning, new food inside. Both would not touch it. I am very disappointed in the lack of care to create a new formula not give owners a heads up. Horrible marketing. Switched to a different brand and won't be coming back. Thanks.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cats going even crazier for this new formula Our cats, Oreo and Sebastian, have been on Nutro Natrual Choice for about a year. They enjoyed the previous formula just fine. When I brought home the new formula (which I had absolutely no worries about) and poured it in the container, they went nuts. Now, every time we feed them, they are nosing into our hands and the scoop, wanting to get to the food as quickly as possible because they love it so much!
Date published: 2013-04-10
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