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by Doug Hines

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What's in Your Cat's Food Dish? ®

- Database Screenshot -


Here's a screenshot of the database I created to track cat food ingredients

Before I could compare hundreds of products, I first had to create a database in which I tracked individual ingredients. This database allows me to quickly search for a term such as 'copper sulfate' and quickly come up with a list of brands containing that element. The database also enables me to assign a letter grade, and to designate whether or not I want to order a particular product for 'live cat testing.' lol

The key facts that one can observe from this product data are:

  • there is a ridiculously small percentage of protein in this product (3.5%). Protein, of course, is the main requirement in a cat's diet, and it should be the most prevalent ingredient in the can.
  • with 3% fat, the other 93.5% is mostly water - you are buying a can of water
  • it's main ingredient (aside from water) is pork liver - a questionable ingredient - see that discussion about liver later in this website
  • this is not a grain free food - look out allergens and other health problems
  • note the added fat (chicken fat)
  • it contains way too much oil - sunflower, fish and coconut oils. Cats can have difficulty converting oils to the appropriate fatty acid
  • it contains menadione sodium bisulfite complex - a very harmful ingredient - see the bad ingredients list later
  • it contains copper sulfate - another bad ingredient - see the list later
  • it contains sodium tripolyphosphate - see the bad ingredients list later
  • and note the other poor ingredients that are shown in red

I rated this product with an (X) - rejected. In my humble opinion, this product should be pulled from store shelves right now. It will hurt your cat. This product is typical of this cat food manufacturer's product line.

A Question For All of You Cat Food Manufacturers Out There...

Since cats are obligate carnivores, aside from meat, and vitamins and minerals, why is all of that other stuff in the can to begin with?        (Of course, the answer is all about the money. Fillers and water are less costly than meat.) 

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