NUTRO Wholesome Essentials Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Cat Food, 3-lb bag -

Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Cat Food

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About This Item


  • Features real chicken as the very first ingredient and contains natural fiber for to encourage healthy digestion.
  • Contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients to support overall health.
  • Specially designed for adult cats 1-year and older.
  • Crafted with zero GMO ingredients, chicken by-product meal, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.
  • Free of common food allergens like corn, wheat and soy protein.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions


Dogs Love Nutro

Feed your dog clean recipes with Nutro dog food. Packed with real, recognizable ingredients, it has a taste dogs love, with high-quality protein as the #1 ingredient.

Cats Do, Too

Snap and peel—or pour—your cat a nutritious meal with Nutro cat food. Made with carefully sourced ingredients, each flavorful Nutro meal has a taste your kitty will love.

Nutro Natural Choice Dog Food

Give your dog the wholesome ingredients he loves with Nutro Natural Choice Dry Dog Food. Made with non-GMO ingredients, these recipes are rich in nutrients and full of flavor.

Specialty Dry and Wet Dog Foods

A balanced diet doesn’t need to be less tasty. Satisfy your dog’s taste buds with Nutro specialty dry and wet dog foods, including nutritious Ultra meals backed by superfoods. And if your dog has food sensitivities, check out Nutro Limited Ingredient dog food recipes.

Let’s Hear It for the Kitties

Nutro cat food is designed to nourish any cat, anywhere.

Indoor Cats

Nutro Indoor Cat recipes help support your indoor cat’s weight, digestion, skin and coat with quality ingredients.


Nutro kibble for kittens is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and calcium to help them grow.

Senior Cats

Senior Cat formulas from Nutro help support your aging cat’s heart with essential nutrients like taurine.

Hairball Control

Nutro Hairball Control recipes for adult cats help minimize hairball formation and promote digestive health.

Wet Food for Cats

All of the yum with none of the mess—Nutro Paté is a delicious and nutritious wet cat food for your feline friend that saves you the hassle of messy cans or leftovers. Each perfect portions tray holds two individual servings in snap-and-peel packaging that makes serving a snap!

About Nutro Pet Food

At Nutro, pet health is in their roots and natural is in their DNA. Nutro is on a mission to harness the power of nature for the benefit of pets. That’s why they make a range of wholesome, natural foods for pets that always keep nature at its very best.


Questions & Answers

4 Customer Questions

Does this food have pea protein?
Answer by ChewyApr 09, 2022
This recipe does contain split peas and pea protein within the ingredients. For a complete list of ingredients, click the “Nutritional Info” tab, next to the “Description” tab, just under the product photos when viewed on a desk top. Click the "Nutritional Info" tab, next to the "Q&A" tab, towards the top bar above the product image when viewed on the app.

does this come in a larger size , nutro chicken adult dry food
Answer by ChewyMar 14, 2020
At this time, this food is available in a 3 and 5 pound bag.

I see Taurine in the ingredients but no percentage listed. How much taurine is there?
Answer by ChewyOct 31, 2019
This recipe has a Taurine content of 0.18% as fed.

What is the Carb % and Phosphorus % of this food?
Answer by ChewySep 10, 2019
This formula has approximately 29% carbohydrates and 1.27% phosphorous on an as fed basis.

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Rated 4.619 out of 5 stars
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63 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Brenda on May 15, 2023

Our Cat Food Odyssey

The dry food we had been feeding our 4 indoor cats, ONLY NATURAL PET POWERFOOD POULTRY INDOOR CAT DINNER, was discontinued, so we recently embarked on a months-long search for a new food that everyone would enthusiastically eat (no easy feat!). We ordered small bags of the following 3 brands to start: Nutro Wholesome Essentials Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe, which only 1 would eat; Natural Balance Original Ultra Indoor Chicken & Salmon Meal, which no one would eat; and Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken, which everyone liked. Unfortunately, after transitioning them to the Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Chicken, our oldest kitty (12 yrs) developed continuous loose stools, which led us to question whether or not it was the healthiest of choices. So, we decided to try the following 2 brands: Blue Buffalo True Solutions Fab Feline Natural Indoor Cat Formula Adult, which everyone ate, but unenthusiastically; and SquarePet Squarely Natural Chicken & Brown Rice, which everyone ate, with a bit more fervor. We then transitioned them to the SquarePet Squarely Natural Chicken & Brown Rice for a while. But, for some reason, way too much food was being left in the bowls before they were empty, creating too much waste, so we decided to try 3 more brands: Hound & Gatos Grain-Free Cage Free Chicken Recipe, which no one would eat; Tender & True Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe, which only 2 would eat, but unenthusiastically; and Made by Nacho Bone Broth Infused Cage-Free Chicken & Pumpkin Recipe, which, HOORAY, they all really like!!! The only drawback is that it’s only offered in 4 lb. bags and is quite expensive. But, until we find another brand that they all equally enjoy and isn’t full of peas/legumes (the latest trend), corn products, or other undesirable ingredients, this will have to do for now and we’ll just have to cut corners elsewhere.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By WillB on Jan 23, 2023

Best Ingredients

My cat hasn't yet decided to give up her other kibble, and apparently doesn't want it mixed with the Nutro Essentials. So, she has two bowls. I'm slowly reducing the amount in 'the other' and increasing the amount in the Nutro bowl. I'm looking forward to the time when she completely kicks the grain-heavy kibble!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TxRedHead on Feb 19, 2023

Cats LOVE this food!

My cats are indoor mostly, outdoor sometimes cats and they love this Nutro Adult Cat Chicken & Brown Rice dry food. They often choose it over canned food. Their coats are super soft and super shiney.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By PS on May 29, 2023


It was so nice to get the exact food and delivered right to my door!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Jacq on Jan 15, 2023

My cats did not like the food

I followed protocol to introduce Nutro Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe to my three cats. At first the cats seemed to like the new kibble however after three days all three of the cats have refused to eat the Nutro kibble. One cat is 7 years old and the other two are 5 years old.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lois on Apr 25, 2023

Nutro adult cat

My cats have eaten this for a long time. I feel it is a good healthy part of their diet.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Carole on Mar 13, 2023

So far so good

I have been dealing with some vomiting issues and since using this cat food only a couple vomiting issues. Going to continue using it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Pink5 on Dec 3, 2022

Wildyl Popular

The most recent cat I adopted had been raised on this, so I continued to feed him on it. My other two cats started to sample it out of curiosity, and discovered that they enjoy it as well. Further, the neighborhood cat that I've been feeding was offered some and he really likes it too. Cats range in age from less than two years to 14 years.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Phxzoonorth on Mar 30, 2023

You guys are the GREATEST!

Your shipping is fast! You have a huge heart for animals, including Rescues!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Judy on Feb 1, 2023

Chicken Time

My cats love this and was recommended by the rescue.