Nutro Wholesome Essentials Hairball Control Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult 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 adult feline deserves.
  • Helps reduce hairballs with a natural fiber blend.
  • Contains non-GMO ingredients sourced from Nutro's trusted suppliers and farmers.
  • Made without corn, wheat, soy protein, chicken by-product meal or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
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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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Questions & Answers

16 Customer Questions

What size and shape is this kibble?
Answer by ChewyMay 29, 2019
The oval shaped kibble measures 11 millimeters in length x 6.5 millimeters wide x 4.5 millimeters thick.

where is food made?
Answer by ChewyApr 01, 2021
This recipe is made in the USA.

How long does this food stay fresh if I store it in a clear, plastic container?
Answer by ChewyFeb 26, 2020
Pet foods will retain their best flavor if stored in the original bag, which provides a fat barrier. Bags of dry cat or dog food should be stored in a cool, dry environment under 100°F (38°C) to prevent destruction of vitamins and oxidation of fats leading to rancidity. In general, it is recommended to use an opened bag within 6-8 weeks for the most nutritional value, scent and flavor.

What is the ash content?
Answer by ChewyJan 23, 2019
There is 7.871% ash on an as fed basis.

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Rated 4.3929 out of 5 stars
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168 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By snellsnell1 on Sep 26, 2022

Stopped eating

My cats have been eating this for years. Not sure if food changed or all 3 cats changed taste at the same time. They just won't eat the most recent bag I got

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Cardamom on Jun 18, 2022

great food and great service

My kitty loves this food and it’s the only dry food we have tried that she consistently finishes completely. Honestly it even smells good to me so I get it. The last bag we ordered I noticed she was sniffing it weirdly and not finishing half of her usual serving so I asked Chewy for help. They took my concern seriously and sent the replacement and asked for the lot number so they could remove the other potentially affected bags. Thank you for great customer service, I feel I can trust Chewy to keep my kitty safe.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jill on Aug 24, 2022

Superb product

The best product I have ever found in my search to reduce hairball reaction in my 16y/o cat

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Margo on Jun 25, 2022

Quality product

Cat's love it, good quality and reasonably priced.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on Oct 24, 2021

Works for our 2 cats

In terms of ordering from Chewy--always fantastic! Shipped fast and was packaged appropriately. As for the food itself--obviously every cat is different. Both of our cats love this food. A star has been deducted as I feel that the ingredients list (while shorter than a lot of foods out there) could possibly be improved upon. As for hairball control, I would say this helps a lot. We have 2 cats and they groom each other constantly and have been known to gobble some tufts of fur off the floor thinking it's a bug so the hairballs are not 100% prevented or eliminated but I do think it would be a lot worse if we did not have a hairball control formula food. Fur-kids love it and Fur-parents are happy. Win/win!

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By pinkparrot on Nov 12, 2021

Something changed.

My first order of this food my cat loved. My second order arrived and he wouldn't touch it. Called Chewy and they replaced it but this bag too, he won't touch. Something now is for sure off in this food. Was thinking of donating both bags to my local shelter but then feared there might be something quite unhealthy in there... so, to be safe it all went to the landfill.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By LaKaikitty on Oct 25, 2021

excellent customer service

The customer service rep I dealt with could not have been better, she was personable and friendly while doing an extensive search of ingredient's to find one that be best for my cat. The food she recommended has cured Kai’s issues of hair ball’s and urine odor. She also waived shipping fees and allowed me to order 2 smaller boxes of litter for the price of the larger box to accommodate my disabilities of weight lifting.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Carol on Nov 8, 2021

Not good quality control!!

My first order of this food the cats loved. My second order they wouldnt touch it. Im not talking about one or two cats, I have 30 rescues. None of them would eat it. Called Chewy and they replaced it, and that order was ok. Two orders later they wont touch this food again. And I compared it to the one they would eat, and its a little bit different size, and color. Does each order come from a different manufacture? and someone not following the recipe? Im telling you its something different in this food when they wont eat it. Im now taking it off auto delivery, not taking any more chances with this food. Something is defo wrong and needs to be addressed......Nothing is Chewys fault, they did what they could. They are the best company EVER!!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By NutroHairballControl on Nov 19, 2021

Andy will not eat it

Since it said hairball control, I thought I would give it a try but Andy, who loves dry over wet, will not eat it at all. So it did not work for us. Andy has loved everything else though.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Diane on Dec 24, 2021

Cat loves this

My cat loves this food..He is long haired and seems to help with less hairballs