How do I compare the protein content in 2 different pet food brands, such as Our Pets’ Kitchen compared to commercial kibble?

As pet parents, we understand that it’s hard to decipher pet food labels and even harder trying to compare different brands or types of foods, such as kibble vs Our Pets’ Kitchen gently cooked real food for dogs and cats. We’re here to help!

According to the FDA, the most accurate means of comparing macronutrients such as, protein, fat, and fiber is to convert the guarantees for both products to a moisture-free or dry matter basis. And, that’s why we’ve done the work for you and included two percentages for the macronutrients on each of our pet food labels.

All pet food companies are required to list what is referred to as the “Guaranteed Analysis” on pet food labels. That is, the amounts of macronutrients (protein, fat, and fiber) present in the product as it is found in the package or in your pet’s bowl. You will notice there are 2 different protein, fat, and fiber percentages on the Our Pets’ Kitchen pet food label. The first is the required Guaranteed Analysis. The second is the Dry Matter basis. Different pet food brands and types (kibble, canned, dehydrated, etc.) have different moisture contents and as mentioned, the only way to really compare apples to apples is to remove the moisture content so you can fairly compare all pet foods based on their dry matter.

According to the FDA, “To convert a nutrient amount, such as protein, to a dry matter basis, the percent guarantee should be divided by the percentage of the dry matter, then multiplied by 100.”

Using this calculation, here are the protein calculations for each of our products: 

Turkey Recipe for Dogs = 14% as fed and 52% dry matter basis

Chicken Recipe for Dogs = 11.5% as fed and 44.5% dry matter basis

Beef Recipe for Dogs = 11% as fed and 40% dry matter basis

Chicken & Fish Recipe for Cats = 12.5% as fed and 62.5% dry matter basis

Turkey Recipe for Cats = 11.5% as fed and 57.5% dry matter basis

Another extremely important point for you to consider when comparing brands of pet foods is the quality of the protein, not just the amount of protein. For example, not all protein comes from meat. If a pet food brand has corn and wheat, those are sources of protein. Our Pets’ Kitchen food has no corn or wheat. Another example, all kibble comes from meat meal, a rendered tissue from mammal tissue. For more information about meat meal, see our FAQ, What is rendered meat meal? Our Pets’ Kitchen uses all USDA certified and inspected human quality meats- the same as you and I eat. And finally, probably the best comparison of all, simply look at a bowl of OPK next to kibble – which would you rather eat?

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