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Purina Pro Plan vs Purina One Cat Food: 2021 Comparison

Purina is a company that makes a wide range of pet food products for both cats and dogs, and we are going to take a look at two of their most popular cat food lines Purina Pro Plan and Purina One, to see which one is better. We did the work and compared the two, and we’ll let you know about our result here.

Keep reading while we compare ingredients, cost, varieties and more to determine which is the best overall.

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A Sneak Peek at the Winner: Purina One

Image Product Details
Our Favorite
Winner
Purina ONE True Instinct High Protein Purina ONE True Instinct High Protein
  • Feature iconTuna as first ingredient
  • Feature icon35% protein
  • Feature iconContains Taurine
  • Runner Up
    Second place
    Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care Hairball Control Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care Hairball Control
  • Feature icon40% protein
  • Feature iconHairball Formula
  • Feature iconTurkey first ingredient
  • We went with Purina One as the winner because it contains higher quality ingredients on average. However, we should point out that the Purina Pro Plan has more than three times the number of recipes, and it’s more than possible to find a few that are as good as the Purina One.

    Keep reading while we look at these different ingredients as well as other differences between the two kinds.

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    About Purina Pro Plan

    Purina Pro Plan uses a patented recipe that reduces cat allergens. According to their website, the Purina Pro Plan can reduce the allergens in cat hair and dander by 47% after three weeks. It’s available in wet and dry food and typically has a high protein level. Most of the dry food stays above 40%, and most of the wet food is above 45%. All of the recipes we checked had whole meat like chicken, turkey, beef, or fish listed as the first ingredient. Most recipes also had reduced fat content over other brands, helping reduce the risk of heart disease and other problems. Most of the recipes were also slightly lower in calories than the average brand, which can help keep weight gain under control.

    While certainly not all recipes, some can be higher than average in carbohydrates. Cats are carnivorous and do not need carbs in their diet and adding them will only lead to weight gain. Almost every recipe we checked had corn, soy, or both listed in the ingredients. Both corn and soy are heavily genetically modified, and they are nothing more than empty calories, not part of your cat’s natural diet. The corn often leads to digestive troubles in some cats, though many do enjoy it. One other ingredient in many recipes is meat by-products. Meat by-products are dried and ground-up meat that many companies add to food to increase the protein level. It’s not inherently bad, but much of it comes from countries with lower pet food standards than America, and its lower quality meat than chicken, turkey, or beef.

    Pros
    • Reduces allergens
    • Higher protein level
    • Reduced fat content
    • Whole meat first ingredient
    Cons
    • Some can be high in carbs
    • Contains soy and corn
    • Meat by-products

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    About Purina One

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    Purina One offers pet owners a $5 coupon to take their 28-day challenge, guaranteeing you will notice your pet is more energetic with a shinier coat and brighter eyes. Most recipes that we looked at contained less fat than the average brand. The wet food has more fiber than average while dry food has less. Fiber is important for a well-balanced digestive system, and if your cat doesn’t get enough, it can lead to constipation and other health problems. We found that most of the recipes had fewer calories than the typical food. We found most recipes had high-quality ingredients like real fruits and vegetables, and not a lot contain corn and soy, though some do.

    The downside to Purina One is that it typically doesn’t have as much protein as the Purina Pro Plan. These recipes are typically at about 35% for dry food and 45% for wet. We also found several recipes that have corn or other non-meat listed as the top ingredient.

    Pros
    • Low fat
    • Fewer bad ingredients
    • Low calories
    Cons
    • Not as much protein
    • Fewer recipes have whole meat as the first ingredient.

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    3 Most Popular Purina Pro Plan Cat Food Recipes

    1. Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care Hairball Control Adult Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food

    Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care Adult Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food

    Purina Pro Plan Indoor Care Hairball Control Adult Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food contains turkey as its first ingredient, and it has a unique formula that reduces hairballs. It has a good amount of protein for dry food at 40%, and it has plenty of natural fiber to help support a balanced digestive system.

    The downside of Purina Pro Hairball Control is that it contains corn as well as chicken meal. Also, a few of our cats didn’t like it.

    Pros
    • Turkey first ingredient
    • Hairball formula
    • 40% protein
    • Natural fiber
    Cons
    • Contains corn
    • Some cats don’t like it
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    2. Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health, High Protein Adult Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food

    Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Urinary Tract Health Formula Chicken Entree in Gravy Canned Cat Food

    Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health, High Protein Adult Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food is a special formula food that helps protect your cat from urinary tract infections. It has 25 essential vitamins and minerals that will help boost your cat’s immune system and help them develop properly.

    The biggest downside to Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health is that many of our cats didn’t like it, and at only 12% protein, it is only suitable for cats with an infection. It also has a meat by-product as its first ingredient.

    Pros
    • Supports urinary tract health
    • Boosts the immune system
    • 25 essential vitamins and minerals
    Cons
    • Meat by-product first ingredient
    • Some cats don’t like it
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    3. Purina Pro Plan With Probiotics High Protein Adult Dry Cat Food

    Purina Pro Plan Adult Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Cat Food

    Purina Pro Plan With Probiotics High Protein Adult Dry Cat Food is another hard food. This one contains probiotic fortification to help balance your pet’s digestive system, which will help relieve diarrhea and constipation. Probiotics can also help build the immune system. It also contains healthy omega fats, which help your cat produce a shiny coat, among other benefits, and there are no harmful chemical preservatives.

    What we didn’t like about Purina Pro Plan with Probiotics was that, like many other recipes, it has meat by-products. It also smells bad, and several of our cats didn’t like it.

    Pros
    • Chicken first ingredient
    • Omega fats
    • Contains probiotics
    • 40% protein
    • No chemical preservatives
    Cons
    • Some cats don’t like
    • Smells bad
    • Contains meat by-product

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    3 Most Popular Purina One Cat Food Recipes

    1. Purina ONE True Instinct High Protein, Natural Wet Cat Food in Sauce or Gravy

    Purina ONE True Instinct Tuna Recipe in Sauce Canned Cat Food

    Purina ONE True Instinct High Protein, Natural Wet Cat Food in Sauce or Gravy features tuna as its first ingredient, and it also has chicken and liver for added protein. Each can will have at least 35% protein, and it also contains taurine, an important nutrient found only in animal proteins.

    Unfortunately, Purina One True Instinct contains meat by-products, and they also seem to change the formula often, which can upset finicky cats.

    Pros
    • Tuna first ingredient
    • Contains chicken and liver
    • Contains taurine
    • 35% protein
    Cons
    • Contains meat by-product
    • Changing formula
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    2. Purina ONE Indoor Advantage Hairball Control Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food

    Purina ONE Indoor Advantage Adult Dry Cat Food

    Purina ONE Indoor Advantage Hairball Control, Natural Adult Dry Cat Food & Wet Cat Food features turkey as its top ingredient. It’s low in carbohydrates, promoting a healthy weight, and it also contains anti-hairball ingredients and antioxidants.

    What we didn’t about Indoor Advantage is that it contains poultry by-products. Our cats enjoyed this recipe, but it did cause very bad smelling gas and tools.

    Pros
    • Turkey first ingredient
    • Promotes a healthy weight
    • Hairball formula
    • Antioxidants
    Cons
    • Contains poultry by-product
    • Bad smelling stools
    • Causes gas
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    3. Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend Adult Dry Cat Food

    Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend with Real Salmon Dry Cat Food

    Purina ONE Tender Selects Blend Adult Dry Cat Food features salmon as its top ingredient. It also contains tuna and other helpful ingredients that provide your pet with plenty of omega fats and antioxidants to boost the immune system. Crunchy kibble will help scrub tartar and plaque from your pet’s teeth, while tender morsels will supply extra flavor.

    The downside to Tender Selects is that some of our cats like to pick out the tender morsels and leave the rest, while others would refuse to eat it.

    Pros
    • Salmon first ingredient
    • Omega fats
    • Antioxidants
    • Crunchy kibble, and tender morsels.
    Cons
    • Some cats picked out the bits they liked
    • Some cats wouldn’t eat it.

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    Recall History of Brand X and Y

    • Purina voluntarily recalled the Purina Pro Plan in March 2016 due to inadequate levels of vitamins and minerals.
    • Purina recalled Purina One in 2011 over possible salmonella contamination.
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    Brand Purina Pro Plan VS Purina One Comparison

    Ingredients

    Despite both brands having plenty of questionable ingredients, Purina One is the winner in this category, if only because none of the recipes contain harmful BHT preservatives found in some Purina Pro Plan recipes.

    Price

    Purina Pro Plan wins the price war and averages a few dollars cheaper in wet and dry cat food.

    Selection

    Purina Pro Plan is the clear winner of selection, with more than three times the recipes Purine One has.

    Nutritional Value

    Nutritional value is similar between the two brands, with Purina One edging out slightly ahead. Purina Pro Plan has marginally more protein on average. Still, Purina One is more likely to contain beneficial omega fats and other important nutrients not found abundantly in Purina Pro Plan.

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    Conclusion

    We take Purina One as better food because it contains far less questionable ingredients and more helpful ones. Both brands are about average quality, and you can find better if you look, but if your cat likes them and they are not gaining weight or experiencing adverse symptoms than either brand should be fine, but watch out for the BHT found in some Purina Pro Plan recipes.

    We hope you have enjoyed reading over our look at these two popular cat food brands, and it has helped answer any questions you might have. If you think it can help others, please share this shootout between Purina Pro Plan and Purina One on Facebook and Twitter.

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