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

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About This Item

  • Crafted with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
  • Features real chicken as the very first ingredient for the high-quality protein and flavor your kitten deserves.
  • Calcium encourages strong bones and joints while antioxidants help support healthy immunity.
  • Rich in DHA, an omega-3 fatty that supports growth and development.
  • Contains non-GMO ingredients sourced from Nutro's trusted suppliers and farmers.
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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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Top IngredientsChicken, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal (Source Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids)...Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)...Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Whole Brown Rice...Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...
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Questions & Answers

10 Customer Questions

Looking for a larger size of Nutro Essentials Kitten food. My 2 six month kittens eat a bag in less than 2 weeks
Answer by ChewyFeb 16, 2018
The largest available size of this formula is 6.5 pounds.

how long can kittens eat kitten food
Answer by ChewyOct 18, 2020
This recipe is recommended for kittens up to 52 weeks of age (13 months). If you have any questions regarding your pet's health, please contact your veterinarian.

I have 2 adults and 3 4mo old kittens. they keep eating each other's food. can I feed them all adult food. I have tried everything I can think of to stop them nothing's working.
Answer by ChewyAug 26, 2020
Kittens need more protein and fat while adult cats should avoid too much fat or protein to maintain a healthy weight. It is best to give them their own specific food.

What is the ash content?
Answer by ChewyJun 20, 2018
This formula has an Ash content of 7.774% on an as fed basis.

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151 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lilbookie on Jul 19, 2022

Cats luv this food

I recently got a kitten nd wanted a fd tht I felt would be gr8t nd I tried this. I'm not a fan of blue Buffalo or sum of thee other higher brands but this is by far thee best kitten fd ever. My 11 yr old diabetic cat even luvs to munch on this at times. My kitten went right fr this nd will even ask fr it. The ingredients are are on point nd was a huge hit wth me. I'll b using this fd fr a very long time. Do wish they made larger bags. Highly recommend this.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By batts on Jul 10, 2022

Shelter recommended

Got our new kitties 3 weeks ago and the shelter had them on this. Used to use Iams for my old cat and was fine with it. Liked that this has more nutrient-dense and less filler. Size is perfect. Split the portions between morning/night so they can eat twice since they were still hungry if only fed 1x/day.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ChuckiesMom on Jun 27, 2022

Our 8 wk kitten loves this

We received our kitten at less than 10 days old so from week 4 we introduced food and he ignored all we tried but this brand Nutro for Kittens were smaller in size for him, and he went right to it. We tried other very expensive brands that were no grain, but this is the one he likes so this is one he will eat .

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MomofLexi on Apr 20, 2022

my elderly cats have been eating this for years

My elderly cats eat this because they love the taste and the morsels are tiny which is easier on their teeth. Even the dog tries to get at it. I wish they made it in jumbo bags.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Angiecat on Feb 23, 2022

My kitten is happy

I recently switched my kitten from Farmina to this food. Farmina has quality control issues and ridiculous customer service. I decided to try this food, and my kitten took it immediately. I will stick with it as long as he is happy and healthy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By KimI on Feb 7, 2022

Great Stuff!

My cat isn't fully grown and I've tried several kitten friendly no grain dry foods. Some are so hard she cannot chew them well, but this one is perfect for her and makes me feel like a good pet owner bc the ingredients are healthy for her still growing body.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Leena on Apr 26, 2022

Kitten Food

My kitten prefers this to Blue Buffalo. She seems to do well on it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on Jan 25, 2022

kitty crack

My kitten is super picky, like even refused 7 different brands of wet food. He is quite the diva, but he loves this dry food.. thank you nutro!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Abby on Jan 2, 2022

New Kitty Gives This Thumbs Up! (Except she does not have thumbs.)

We just adopted a 7-month-old kitten from the local animal shelter and bought this food for her. She loves it! We recommend it strongly.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By RiverRoad on Jan 30, 2022

Great product

I am a faithful Nutro user. Their products are great. Pricing is reasonable. And my babies love it.