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WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Kitten FoodChicken & Whole Brown Rice Formula

Start your kitten on the path to a healthy adulthood. NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Kitten Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Formula contains DHA for brain and eye development and calcium for strong bones and teeth. Our SMART START® Formula for early growth and development is made with a high level of omega fatty acids for healthy skin and fur. Real chicken is the #1 ingredient for a taste your kitten will enjoy. Our premium kitten food provides a nutrient-rich, natural diet for long-term health benefits you can see.

Package Sizes Available: 3 lbs., 6.5 lbs.

Overview and Key Benefits

  • Chicken Icon Our #1 ingredient is chicken for building strong muscles.
  • Brain Image DHA promotes brain and eye development.
  • Bones Icon Calcium helps with strong bone and teeth development.
  • CAT WITH RING ICON Advanced antioxidants support healthy immunity.
  • HAIR ICON A high level of omega fatty acids provide healthy skin and soft fur.
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Feeding Guidelines

Transitioning to Our Products
If switching to this formula or feeding NATURAL CHOICE® Cat Food for the first time, we suggest you blend increasing amounts of the new formula with your old food for six days.
Read Our Transition Article
Feeding Guidelines
These are the recommended feeding amounts based on the ideal body condition for kittens and pregnant/nursing adult cats of various weights. Individual kittens’ and cats’ energy requirements may differ. Adjust the amount fed to obtain or maintain your kitten’s and cat’s optimum weight. Keep fresh drinking water available at all times, provide plenty of exercise and see your veterinarian regularly. Serve dry or lightly moistened. To help maintain freshness, we recommend sealing the bag tightly and storing it in a cool, dry location.
Suggested Amounts to Feed Per Day (Cups)
Kitten Age (weeks) Kitten Growth
Up to 8 1/2
8 – 16 1/3
16 – 40 1/4
40 – 52 1/3
Adult Cat Weight (lbs.) Gestation Lactation
4 1/2 1/2 – 2/3
8 3/4 2/3 – 1
12 1 1 – 1 1/4
16 1 1/4 1 1/8 – 1 1/2
20 1 1/3 1 1/4 – 1 3/4

Use a standard 8-oz. measuring cup, which holds 3.96 oz. of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Kitten Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Formula Kitten Food.

NUTRO® Cat Food Body Chart
Underweight Cat Ideal Weight Cat Overweight Cat
Underweight Ideal Weight Overweight
Increase the feeding amount to achieve an ideal weight.
Maintain feeding at the current level.
Feed according to the ideal body weight, not the current weight.
Calorie Content
Metabolizable energy 4,000 kcal/kg; 449 kcal/cup (calculated)
Nutritional Adequacy Claim
NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® WHOLESOME ESSENTIALS® Kitten Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Formula Kitten Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growth, gestation and lactation.

Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Food I adopted my 5 mo old from local shelter and transitioned him over from their food to the Nutro Natural Choice Kitten dry food. He's doing very well, growing rapidly and looks terrific. I feed him dry only since he's fine with drinking lots of fresh water daily so hydration isn't an issue. My vet is 100% on board with this food so I intend to keep him on Nutro forever just switching the stages as he grows. Total thumbs up! September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lando and Darcy I adopted 2 abandoned 6 week old kittens from the Austin Humane society, and naturally, kept them on the food they recommended for them. They grew well and never rejected their food, but I had concerns about the number of recalls their food had had in the past. When I presented them with Nutro natural choice, the completely ignored thier old food. Now they eat nothing but, and have grown to be massive for 6 month old kittens (not fat, actually big). I'll never use another brand August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kitten Sensitive Tummy We adopted a kitty at 13 weeks from the Humane Society. She had serious tummy troubles for weeks we were using the dry they recommended. I have been a Nutro customer for years but didn't want to suddenly change her food. I had already changed her wet food to the soft chicken loaf which is the only wet food she will eat. After weeks and the vet telling me it was her wet food (Nutro) and to stop feeding her wet I did the opposite. I did cut back her wet food intake stopped using the brand they recommended and switched to my reliable Nutro. Lucy gobbled up the dry food and ate around the old food we mixed in. Literally the next morning her tummy issues were alleviated. I am certain she will have tummy issues for the rest of her life but as long as she has her Nutro she won't suffer. Thank you! April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike just bought some of the Nutro kitten food at Big Lot for half price, only $4 for 6.6 lbs!!. They often sell other Nurto products, along with lower quality brands, for much less than Pet stores. For some reason any dog I've ever had likes cat food better than dog food and our 13# MaltiPoo is no exception. Probably higher fat content? I mix it with other Nutro dog brands from Big Lot and healthy leftovers. Dog seems very healthy and happy. March 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The BEST you can get My kitten absolutely LOVES this food. We have fed it to her since she was 9 weeks old and she is so healthy and her fur is so soft! I will definitely be sticking with this product. If you love your pet and want them to have the best, definitely try Nutro Natural Choice! September 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cat Lover I'm very disapointed Nutro has decreased the size of their Natural Choice dry cat food. I feed two house cats, and several outside strays. I have to go shopping so much more, that I'm looking into changing thier diets. July 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best For My Kittens Pixie and Mojo are two very healthy little kittens. They are almost four months old and have been on nothing but this food since we got them at 8 weeks. They are very bright and super active kitties. They are smart too! I won't feed them anything but Nutro. June 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thankful! My 10 and a half week old kitten LOVES this stuff! He is extremely active, his eyes are bright & clear, his fur feels like it did when he was 6 weeks old; soft as a bunny. He's growing so rapidly and I feel confident that he will grow into a big, beautiful, healthy, strong adult because of the nutrition he's getting from Nutro Kitten! Highly appreciate such an incredible pet food. May 4, 2013
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