NUTRO Wholesome Essentials Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Kitten Dry Cat Food, 5-lb bag -

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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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

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.

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

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.

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157 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ashes on May 12, 2023

my kitten loves this!

When we adopted our kitten, she was on Royal Canin Persian kitten food. I wanted a more natural, more real-ingredient food for her and found this! I love that it doesn’t have meat by-products in it! She’s loved it since the first time we gave it to her and her tummy had no issue with the change! If anything, she loves it too much and is always begging for more!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By matthew17talula on Apr 30, 2023

Our cats love Nutro kitten food

Nutro kitten food is one of our cats favorite dry foods. They eat it daily and really enjoy it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By lindacat on Nov 2, 2022

Decent dry food

I'm not fond of giving cats dry food at all, but with needing to have food available all the time for the kittens, this is a pretty good one. Of course, the adults were scarfing it down, so we still have to pick it up during the day. Everybody (felines) loves it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By KittenMomma on Sep 19, 2022

he seems to like it with wet food

Needed some easy on-the-tummy kitten food for a kitten with gastro problems that led to diarrhea. This product has been helpful and tasty for him. I like that the kibble is tiny and easily crunched up by a 7-week-old kitten. So far we have been happy with it. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that he only eats a little bit when it is placed in his bowl alone, it takes a while for it to be gone...

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 chucksmom 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 Laura 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 Beautifulcat4 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.