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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 ingredient. The database also enables me to assign a letter grade to a product which assists me in deciding whether or not I want to feed a product to my cats.

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

  • The main ingredients (aside from water) are Chicken and Pork By-Products, Salmon Meal and Pork Liver and Plasma (blood) - all of which are highly questionable ingredients.  See the bad ingredients list later in this website.
  • Then comes Natural Flavors, Pork Digest, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Powdered Cellulose, and Modified Corn Starch - all of which are highly questionable ingredients.  See the bad ingredients list later.
  • This is not a grain free food - look out allergens and other health problems.
  • It contains too much oil - vegetable and fish oils. Cats can have difficulty converting oils to the appropriate fatty acid
  • It contains Sodium Tripolyphosphate (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (a division of the CDC), suspects sodium tripolyphosphate may be a neurotoxin. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes it as an insecticide, fungicide and rodenticide.)
  • It contains Carrageenan (red seaweed, binder & thickening agent - One of it's forms, degraded carrageenan can create inflammation leading to fetal toxicity, ulcerative colitis, immune suppression, and yes - cancer)
  • It contains Caramel (produced from caramelized sugar, caramel is a brown colorant in pet food that is designed to 'produce appeal' by making the color 'richer.' One might ask - "Who's appeal?" "My cats?" I suspect that my cat doesn't give a hoot about his food's color.)
  • It contains Sodium Carbonate (used as an acidity regulator, anti-caking agent and helps kill mold)
  • It contains Copper Sulfate (linked to liver disease, copper storage disease and cancer)
  • It contains BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) (artificial preservative used to maintain food odor, color and flavor. Linked to cancer. It is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” according to The National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.. While it is labelled as being safe in low doses, it has been shown to cause tumors in lab animals.)
  • It contains Propyl Gallate (synthetic chemical preservative linked to liver damage and may cause cancer)

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, bone 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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Information on this website is provided for general purposes only. It should not be considered as a substitute for professional veterinary advice, care and treatment. Nothing herein is intended to treat, heal, or otherwise be considered as medical advice or treatment. Contact your veterinarian with any questions regarding your cat's diet or health. See additional details here.

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