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.

About Nutro Dry Dog Food

Wholesome Nutrition

Nutro Wholesome Essentials gives your dog everything he needs for good nutrition using wholesome, clean ingredients from trusted farmers and suppliers. Each recipe starts with high-quality protein as the number one ingredient, with non-GMO ingredients, by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.

Foods for Every Age

Whether your dog is still a playful, mischievous puppy or a seasoned senior enjoying his golden years, Nutro has a tailored formula for him. Choose from puppy formulas fortified with omega-3s for healthy development, adult formulas with just the right balance of nutrients or senior recipes with extra antioxidants for immune support. Nutro has the right nutrition for your dog at every age.

Made for Big, Small and All

Wholesome Essentials offers formulas crafted with the unique needs of big and little dogs in mind. Large breed recipes contain natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin to support healthy joints. There are even senior and puppy formulas tailored for small and large breed dogs. It doesn’t get much more custom than that!

Never Boring

Liven things up for your pup by mixing delicious wet and dry Nutro recipes together at mealtime. Nutro’s Hearty Stews Wet Dog Foods perfectly complement any of the Nutro Dry Dog Food varieties, for a nutritious flavor and texture sensation your dog will love.

Rich in Nutrients, Full of Flavor

Every delicious Nutro Wholesome Essentials recipe begins and ends with wholesome, natural ingredients. Nutro carefully crafts each of its dry foods using real meat as the first ingredient, with non-GMO ingredients, fillers, by-product meals or artificial anything. It’s just good, clean dog food you can trust.


Real beef, chicken, lamb, salmon or venison is the number one ingredient in every mouthwatering recipe.


Nutro Wholesome Essentials never uses chicken by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy protein, GMOs, or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives—ever. Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.


All recipes are made in Nutro’s US facilities using trusted ingredients from farmers and suppliers around the world.

About Nutro

Nutro has been making delicious, nutritious pet food since 1926. As pioneers in pet nutrition and pet-loving people, their philosophy includes a commitment to quality and food safety and better living through natural, purposeful nutrition. They offer a range of dry and wet foods for dogs and cats and are continually striving to make all their foods as clean and healthy as possible for your pets.
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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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53 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Freyda on Aug 4, 2022

Very Dependable Company

If you are the customer who had relied on Royal Canin, to find that in the past couple of years, there production is hit and miss, try Nutro. My cat would not eat many other brands I tries, since he like the Royal Canin, but Nutro is one he will eat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Angel on Sep 7, 2022

so good my puppy eats it

This cat food was a last resort attempt in getting my puppy to eat and he loves it. So good, even the dogs like it I Guess!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Catty on Jul 23, 2022

Worth the $$$

At first had to mix with a diff dry food to trick my gang. . They are getting accustomed to Nutro chicken. I am satisfied wt the texture and reasonable price for a healthy diet.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Eatha on Mar 29, 2022

Severe Skin Allergies

I adopted a three year old, male cat from a shelter I worked at for most of 2020. Chandler--my rescue kitty--always had crusty skin and regular hair loss; upon taking him to the vet, I found out he suffered from severe flea dermatitis as well as "unknown allergies". I did quite a lot of research into common food allergies and discovered that most cats suffering from skin sensitivities react poorly to most foods. I decided to take Chandler off of all food that contained beef byproducts and spent an afternoon researching different food brands before choosing this brand. Not only does Chandler absolutely LOVE this food, his skin has completely cleared up. I do not notice any scabs, hair loss, or irritation on him. I highly recommend including fish oil with this crunchy food--it is amazing for skin sensitivities and over all very healthy!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mesha on Aug 25, 2022

Expedient service

Whenever I buy from Chewy, there is fast and reliable shipping, every time !

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lune on Jun 15, 2022

Great food

My cat loves it and it is the only food that doesn’t upset her stomach. She has gotten diarrhea eating other foods but does extremely on this. No problems.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MayCat on Jun 20, 2022

I love this cat food!

I am an 8 year old cat. This is the only food I truly love. I've tried lots of others, but this one is the best! May

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Biggie on Mar 10, 2022

Nutro Essentials Chicken = yummy

Fussy big boy Tabby cat loves fishy wet food, but needs the fiber. So he gets both daily. Many a donation to the local shelter due to his tastes. He loves this chicken "crunches" eats it up over the course of the day/night. He is a grazer. That is a great improvement over some of his past food behavior. Not easy to maintain his muscular 30 pounds!!! He eats it so its all good.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mookie5901 on May 19, 2022

Nutro Dry Cat Food

FINALLY a dry cat food that all 3 cats love!! I have tried many brands and this one makes them all happy!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Angie on Jun 2, 2022


My kitty LOVES this!!! I wasn’t sure if he would or not but YES he does!