4.8
Scientific Rating

Natural Balance Original Ultra Ultra Premium Dry Cat Food

Rank: 257 out of 283 Dry Cat Foods · Company: Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
6.0

Health

  • 6.0

    Pet Food Health

    • 7.2

      Ingredient Quality, Cat Food Ingredient Quality

      Indicates the overall ingredient quality of this cat food by evaluating the percentage of desirable ingredients.

      Rating: 7.2 out of 10

      • Desirable Ingredients In High Quantities
        6 ingredients

        Nutrient-rich ingredients that should ideally make up the bulk of a pet food.

        Chicken, Duck, Salmon Meal, Lamb Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Chicken Meal
        Desirable Ingredients
        28 ingredients

        Important ingredients, but ones that need not be present in high quantities in pet food.

        Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Vitamin A, Canola Oil, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Folic Acid, Taurine, Copper Sulfate Monohydrate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Brown Rice, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Potatoes, Zinc Sulfate, Lysine, Zinc Proteinate
        Less Desirable Ingredients
        8 ingredients

        Neutral ingredients that have low nutrient value or provide non-nutritional content to the food.

        Carrot, Cranberries, Spinach, Yucca Extract, Dried Kelp, Manganese Oxide, Parsley Flakes, Ground Flaxseed
    • 7.0

      Life Stage Option

      Indicates the life stage disclosed for the pet food.

      Goodguide Pet Food, Life Stage

      Rating: 7.0 out of 10

    • 6.0

      Nutritional Adequacy Statement

      Indicates the method by which the pet food is tested to meet AAFCO regulations

      Goodguide Pet Food, Nutritional Adequacy Statement options

      Rating: 6.0 out of 10

    • 5.0

      Calorie Disclosure

      Indicates whether the pet food discloses caloric information.

      Goodguide Pet Food, Caloric Disclosure

      Rating: 5.0 out of 10

5.0

Environment

This company's environmental policies, practices and performance place it among the worst 50% of companies rated by GoodGuide.
  • 5.0

    Core Company Environmental Performance

    Summary evaluation of a company's overall environmental performance, considering its management policies and practices; resource use; environmental impacts; and degree of environmental transparency.

    Rating: 5.0 out of 10

    • 6.1

      Environmental Management

      Evaluation of a company's environmental management, considering how it is governed and whether it exhibits any leading edge practices or is involved in any controversies or compliance issues.

      Rating: 6.1 out of 10

      • 6.1

        Governance

        Summary evaluation of a company's governance capabilities, considering its policies and practices, environmental reporting activities, and management of its supply chain.

        Rating: 6.1 out of 10

        • 7.0

          Supply Chain

          Indicates the strength of a company's policies and practices relating to the environmental impacts of its supply chain.

          Rating: 7.0 out of 10

          • 7.0

            Policies and Practices, Supply Chain Policy

            This indicates how a company incorporates environmental considerations and policy into its supply chain

            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

            Rating: 7.0 out of 10

        • 7.0

          Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's environmental management policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 7.0 out of 10

          • 7.0

            Environmental Policies, Policies

            Indicates the strength of a company's environmental management policies.

            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

            Rating: 7.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Reporting

          Indicates the strength of a company's policies and practices relating to environmental reporting.

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

          • 4.0

            Policies and Practices, Reporting Policy

            Indicates whether a company reports on environmental initiatives using accepted global standards

            GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

            Rating: 4.0 out of 10

    • 5.2

      Environmental Impacts

      Summary evaluation of a company's environmental impacts, considering its policies and practices relating to air and water emissions, waste management and biodiversity.

      Rating: 5.2 out of 10

      • 6.0

        Biodiversity

        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices relating to biodiversity and ecosystem impacts.

        Rating: 6.0 out of 10

        • 6.0

          Biodiversity Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's biodiversity policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 6.0 out of 10

      • 5.0

        Emissions

        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices relating to air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and waste management.

        Rating: 5.0 out of 10

        • 6.0

          Water Pollution, Water Pollution Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's wastewater policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 6.0 out of 10

        • 6.0

          Waste, Waste Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's solid waste policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 6.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Greenhouse Gases, Greenhouse Gas Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's greenhouse gas policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Criteria and Hazardous Air Pollutants, Air Pollution Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's toxic air pollutant (e.g. NOx, SOx, PM) policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

    • 4.5

      Transparency

      Summary evaluation of the amount of data a company makes public for assessing its environmental practices and performance.

      GoodGuide, Transparency

      Rating: 4.5 out of 10

    • 4.0

      Resource Use

      Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to resouce use, considering energy, water and materials.

      Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Materials

        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to materials use.

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Policies and Practices, Materials Policy

          Indicates whether a company has a comprehensive policy relating to materials management and reduction

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Energy

        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to energy use.

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Policies and Practices, Energy Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's energy policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Water

        Summary evaluation of a company's policies and practices related to water use.

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Policies and Practices, Water Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's water policies.

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

3.3

Society

This company's social policies, practices and performance place it among the worst 50% of companies rated by GoodGuide.
  • 3.3

    Core Company Social Performance

    Summary evaluation of a company's overall social performance, considering its management policies and practices; impacts on workers, consumers and communities; and degree of social transparency.

    Rating: 3.3 out of 10

    • 4.5

      Community

      Summary evaluation of a company's performance relating to communities, considering its management policies and practices; community relationships; stakeholder engagement activities; and public policy positions.

      Rating: 4.5 out of 10

      • 5.0

        Community Relationships, Community Relations Policy

        Indicates the strength of the company's community relations policies

        GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

        Rating: 5.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Stakeholder Engagement, Stakeholder Engagement Policy

        Indicates the strength of a company's stakeholder engagement policies

        GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

    • 4.0

      Workers

      Summary evaluation of a company's performance relating to workers, considering its management policies and practices; diversity & equal opportunity record; and human rights issues.

      Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Health & Safety Policy

        Indicates the strength of a company's occupational health and safety policies

        GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        General, Policies

        Indicates the strength of a company's general worker policies

        GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Human Rights

        • 4.0

          General Human Rights, Human Rights Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's human rights policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's freedom of association and collective bargaining policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Child Labor, Child Labor Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's child labor policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Forced and Compulsory Labor, Forced and Compulsory Labor Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's forced and compulsory labor policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Rights Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's indigenous rights policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Policies

        Indicates the strength of a company's policy on diversity, equal opportunity and non-discrimination

        GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

        Rating: 4.0 out of 10

    • 3.8

      Consumers

      Summary evaluation of a company's performance relating to consumers, considering its management policies and practices; health & safety record; and product marketing and labeling practices.

      Rating: 3.8 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Customer Health and Safety

        • 6.0

          Policies and Practices, Customer Health & Safety Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's customer health and safety policy

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 6.0 out of 10

        • 2.0

          Customer Health & Safety Controversies

          Indicates whether a company has any controversies relating to customer health and safety

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 2.0 out of 10

      • 3.5

        Marketing Communications

        • 4.0

          Policies and Practices, Marketing Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's marketing policy

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 3.0

          Marketing Controversies

          Indicates if a company has any controversies relating to its marketing

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 3.0 out of 10

    • 2.9

      Management

      Evaluation of a company's social management, considering how it is governed and whether it exhibits any leading edge practices or is involved in any controversies or compliance issues.

      Rating: 2.9 out of 10

      • 4.0

        Governance

        • 4.0

          Supply Chain, Supply Chain Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's social supply chain policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Policies, Social Governance Policies

          Indicates the strength of a company's social governance policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

        • 4.0

          Reporting, Social Issue Reporting Policy

          Indicates the strength of a company's social reporting policies

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 4.0 out of 10

      • 2.0

        Social Controversies

        • 3.0

          Marketing Controversies

          Indicates if a company has any controversies relating to its marketing

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 3.0 out of 10

        • 2.0

          Customer Health & Safety Controversies

          Indicates whether a company has any controversies relating to customer health and safety

          GoodGuide, Environmental and Social Company Assessments

          Rating: 2.0 out of 10

    • 1.3

      Transparency

      Summary evaluation of the amount of data a company makes public for assessing its social practices and performance.

      GoodGuide, Transparency

      Rating: 1.3 out of 10

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Ingredient Information

GoodGuide assessment of ingredients in this product. Read more about our pet food ratings.

Desirable Ingredients in High Quantities
Nutrient-rich ingredients that should ideally make up the bulk of a pet food.

  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Salmon Meal
  • Lamb Meal
  • Dried Whole Eggs
  • Chicken Meal

Desirable Ingredients
Important ingredients, but ones that need not be present in high quantities in pet food.

  • Choline Chloride
  • Vitamin E
  • Manganese Proteinate
  • Copper Proteinate
  • Thiamin Mononitrate
  • Vitamin A
  • Canola Oil
  • Niacin
  • Calcium Pantothenate
  • Riboflavin
  • Biotin
  • Folic Acid
  • Taurine
  • Copper Sulfate Monohydrate
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D3
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal
  • Chicken Fat (naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Manganese Sulfate
  • Brown Rice
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Sodium Selenite
  • Potatoes
  • Zinc Sulfate
  • Lysine
  • Zinc Proteinate

Less Desirable Ingredients
Neutral ingredients that have low nutrient value or provide non-nutritional content to the food.

  • Carrot
  • Cranberries
  • Spinach
  • Yucca Extract
  • Dried Kelp
  • Manganese Oxide
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Ground Flaxseed

Certifications and Listings

  • PETA Animal Treatment Assessment
    PETA Animal Treatment Assessment
    Indicates the manufacturer of this product is on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) "Does Not Test on Animals” List. According to PETA, this list includes companies that have stated they do not “conduct any animal tests that are not required by law,” either by signing PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a “statement verifying that they do not conduct or commission any non-required animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products and that they pledge not to do so in the future.”
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  • ISO 14001
    ISO 14001
    Company rating on whether its facilities have been certified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001. Certification means the company meets ISO environmental management standards, which require a commitment to minimizing environmental impact and improving environmental performance. To learn more visit www.iso.org. Rating is relative to other companies in the same industry.

About the Brand

Parent Company:

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.

Other Products made include:

Pet Food, Wet Dog Food, Dog Food, and Wet Cat Food. 41 Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance products have GoodGuide ratings. See the list »

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14 people recommended because
  • good on health (2)
  • fair price (1)