Written by John Seeberg

Julia Ogden

Reviewed by Julia Ogden

Updated: January 18, 2024

Forza10 Dry Review

Updated: January 18, 2024

Our Verdict

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Recommended with Reservations

This range of food is therapeutic which means each recipe targets a specific ailment, although some are suitable for cats without any medical issues. 

The protein levels are low, as you would expect from food which caters for conditions such as kidney disease or heart problems.  

It’s difficult to rate this product using the same criteria as food for healthy cats, hence it is unrated.

Pros
  • Good for specific health conditions
  • Therapeutic food, scientifically researched
  • Free from grain, wheat, corn and artificial preservatives
Cons
  • Contains some controversial ingredients

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (kitten), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

The Forza10 dry product line includes six cat foods.

Product line Rating AAFCO
Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Kidney Renal Support Diet Dry Cat Food 3 U
Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Urinary Dry Cat Food 3 U
Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Intestinal Support Diet Dry Cat Food 3 U
Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Dermo Dry Cat Food 3 U
Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Weight Control Diet Dry Cat Food 3 U
Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Immuno Support Diet Dry Cat Food 3 U

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Recipe and Label Analysis

Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Urinary Dry Cat Food was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Urinary Dry Cat Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

30.4%

Protein

16.8%

Fat

44.7%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Ground rice, hydrolyzed fish protein, vegetable oil, maize gluten, potato protein, fish meal, dried beet pulp, flavoring substances, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), minerals (potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, zinc sulfate, copper amino acid complex, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, sodium selenite), dl-methionine, dried kelp, choline chloride, taurine, dried yeast, fructooligosaccharide (fos), vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, dried clover extract, cranberries, dried dandelion root extract, yucca schidigera extract, rosemary extract.


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour.  Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The second ingredient is hydrolyzed fish protein.  Hydrolyzed fish protein is considered a meat concentrate, as fish proteins contain almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.  Being hydrolyzed means that the fish has been chemically broken-down into its component amino acids.  Hydrolyzed proteins are considered hypoallergenic as they are not identifiable by the body to trigger allergy reactions.  

The third ingredient is vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described.  However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is maize gluten (also known as corn gluten meal). Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label – a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The fifth ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.

Even though it contains more than 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

Less costly plant-based products such as this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this cat food.

The sixth ingredient is fish meal.  Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.  1

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The seventh ingredient is dried beet pulp.  Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most cat foods is entirely acceptable.

From here the list goes on to include a number of other items. But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of the product.

However, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

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Nutrient Analysis

Although this is a prescription product, our review has nothing to do with the accuracy of claims made by the manufacturer as to the product’s ability to treat or cure a specific health condition.

So, to find out whether or not this food is appropriate for your particular pet, it’s important to consult your veterinarian.

With that understanding, based on its ingredients alone, Forza10 Nutraceutic Active Urinary Dry Cat Food looks like an average dry product.  

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 30.4%, a fat level of 16.8% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 44.7%.

As a group, the brand features a below average protein content of 31.7% and a near-average fat level of 14.9%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45.4% for the overall product line, alongside a fat to protein ratio of 48%.

This means this Forza10 dry range contains lower than average protein, higher than average carbohydrate and near average fat, when compared to typical dry cat food.

Final Word

This range of food has been scientifically researched to cater for cats with health conditions such as heart and kidney problems, which is why the protein content is low.

Has Forza10 cat food been recalled in the past?

No. Forza10 has had no product recalls.

You can view a complete list of all cat food recalls since 2021 here.

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Sources

1: [1. Association of American Feed Control Officials].

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