Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult Dry Cat Food

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Healthy choices matter, for both you and your pet. For more than 70 years, Hill's has been advancing knowledge of how to keep pets their healthiest. That means great-tasting, nutritious food with natural ingredients that helps your cat live a long, happy life. Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult Dry Cat Food provides natural ingredients perfectly balanced to help avoid hairballs.

Key Benefits

  • Natural fibers from oats help to eliminate and avoid hairballs
  • Contains nutrient-rich, high-quality ingredients like chicken, whole grains, and multivitamins to create nutritionally balanced food
  • Balanced levels of high-quality protein help promote lean muscles and proper growth and the proper ratio of vitamins and minerals is vital for strong bones and teeth, and immune health
  • The right proportions of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids lead to healthy skin and a glossy coat
  • Made with natural ingredients to provide clinically proven antioxidant benefits, and never contains artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or chicken by-product meal

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  • Brand
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. Chicken, Turkey, Cracked Pearled Barley, Pea Protein Concentrate, Brown Rice, Oat Fiber, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Vegetable & Fruit Blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli), Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Ginger, Fish Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols for Freshness, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors.

Caloric Content

  1. 366 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 27.0% min
Crude Fat 14.5% min
Crude Fiber 6.0% min
Crude Fiber 10.0% max
Taurine 0.2% min
Vitamin C 85 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 500 IU/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.2% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 2.0% min

Feeding Instructions

Adjust feeding amounts as necessary to maintain optimal weight. If you are unsure, ask your veterinarian. New to this food? Mix increasing amounts of your pets new food with decreasing amounts of the old food over a 7-day period. Keep fresh water available at all times! Your pets nutritional needs may change as they age. Ask your vet at every checkup.

Transition Instructions

A gradual transition to a new pet food is important to avoid digestive upset. To transition, mix your pet’s current food with the new food. Over 7 days, gradually decrease the amount of the current pet food while increasing the amount of new pet food.

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Finding the Right Balance

Hill's uses natural ingredients combined with vitamins, minerals and amino acids in Ideal Balance. With optimal levels of more than 50 important nutrients, it provides the perfect balance of nutrition for your cat's health—nothing more, nothing less.

The Right Balance
Natural Ingredients,  Perfectly Balanced

Natural Ingredients, Perfectly Balanced


Balanced levels of high-quality protein help promote lean muscles and proper growth.


The right proportions of omega fatty acids lead to healthy skin and a glossy coat.


The proper ratio of vitamins and minerals is vital for strong bones and teeth, and immune health.


The right amount of the right type of fiber is important for maintaining digestive health.

Hill's Nutritional Philosophy

Hill's is committed to research and innovation, and believes that the right nutrition is vital to helping pets live long, healthy lives. They also know that the proper balance of essential nutrients supplied by high-quality ingredients is the key to optimal health for pets. Guided by evidence-based research, Hill's formulates their food with a precise balance of these nutrients to meet the specific needs of pets associated with their life stage, size or special needs.

Hill's Nutritional Philosophy
Natural Nutrition for Healthy, Happy Cats

Natural Nutrition for Healthy, Happy Cats

In an effort to make the best cat food around, Hill's uses high-quality protein, including real chicken, lamb or salmon as the first ingredient in their dry cat foods. Each Ideal Balance recipe is made with natural ingredients and provides clinically proven antioxidant benefits, and never contains artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or chicken by-product meal.

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients



Rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamin K, and supports immune and urinary health.



Delivers the right amount of healthy fats from Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to provide energy and maintain healthy skin.



The amino acids found in eggs are the foundation for healthy muscles and organs to keep your cat in her natural hunting form.



Provides a healthy level of vitamins and minerals to promote energy, healthy blood and proper bone growth.

About Hill's Pet Nutrition

For more than 70 years, Hill's Pet Nutrition has helped enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets by putting their passion for balanced pet nutrition into everything they do. With a dedicated team of veterinarians and pet nutritionists involved in the development of all their products, Hill's is able to ensure high-quality pet food to help all pets live a happy and healthy life.

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Customer Reviews

Hill's Ideal Balance Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult Dry Cat Food is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No grains but has fruit and veggies and flaxseed It's the best for my cats, they don't need corn in their food and this "Ideal Balance" has all the ingredients they do need.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Picky eater looooves this food I love the ingredients, they love the taste. Win win.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My cat does not throw up anymore! I have a 13 year old male cat who had started to throw up quite regularly and often times it was his food he was throwing up. At the vet's recommendation, I tried switching to a different food, including grain free and sensitive stomach, both staying within the Ideal Balance family and trying other brands. He had been on the Hills Ideal Balance chicken and brown rice. No matter what I tried, he would throw it up within and hour of eating, until I tired the Ideal Balance Hairball. He rarely throws up now, and if he does, it's because he has eaten grass. I do want to mention that if you switch your cat to this formula, the required feeding amount is about double the regular chicken and brown rice formula so be sure to check the recommended feeding amounts.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shiny Coat + No More Throwing Up We had one cat who was regularly throwing up even after we switched him to a high quality food and removed all grains (another version of Ideal Balance). However, after we switched him to this type of Ideal Balance he has not thrown up in almost two months. Additionally, our cats have much healthier looking coats since they have started eating the Ideal Balance brand. The biggest downside to this brand is they do not sell a larger size bag of food.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She's like a different cat now We had been feeding our 8-year-old cat the same food for years. She started acting different and was lethargic and not feeling well a lot of the time. My husband did some research and landed on Hill's Ideal Balance. Our cat LOVES this food and she is like a different cat now. She's frisky, feels well all the time (at least that's what she tells us!) We are very pleased with this food and would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Food for Hairball Prone Cats I have a (very) longhair rescue Balinese mix who suffers from excessive hairballs. While it doesn't eliminate the problem, this food helps tremendously with hairball reduction. I would definitely recommend this food for cats prone to hairball issues. The product seems well produced, and the ingredients are satisfactory (no corn, or wheat products.) The kibbles are a little on the large side, and take some crunching. My cat's coat is shiny, she has clear eyes, and no health issues. I attribute my cat's health in part to this product. This is by far the best hairball diet I've found so far, and will definitely keep feeding it. I also have a short hair cat who likes to sneak and eat this food too (so it must taste good!)
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheat is a problem now for my oldest little guy My oldest boy who is 7yrs old developed a problem eating cat food with wheat. This was unfortunate given he has a history cystitis and was on RX cat food for this. His vet is amazing and said this would keep the PH in his bladder higher in acid levels which he needs to keep infection at bay. He has been on this food for 2yrs now and is as happy as a clam. He loves his new food. His bloating has gone completely away and he is cystitis free. I highly recommend this to anyone with similar issues.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cat food review for Ideal Balance My cat loves the food. The is 6 years old and still healthy and energetic. This is the only food she will eat. We have tried others and Ideal Balance is the one. The store I bought the food from stopped selling. I searched the internet and found chewy.com. We really like the option of having auto shipment and the cost is very reasonable
Date published: 2016-11-17
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