One ingredient necessary to a cat’s daily diet is taurine. Cats need taurine as they are unable produce sufficient amounts naturally. Taurine is primarily found in animal muscle meat. "Taurine deficiency in cats causes a host of metabolic and clinical problems, including feline central retinal degeneration and blindness, deafness, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, inadequate immune response, poor neonatal growth, reproductive failure, and congenital defects. Found abundantly in many fish, birds, and small rodents, taurine is either absent or present only in trace amounts in plants." - Your Cat's Nutritional Needs, published by the National Research Council of the National Academies, pg2
Other than here, I won’t even get into the subject of pet food companies that use diseased animal material and material sourced from non-slaughtered animals, i.e., euthanized, and/or drowned, and/or decomposing livestock, and/or animals commonly referred to as ‘road kill’ (allowed by the FDA). I’d like to find out the scientific foundation behind their belief that those types of ingredients are suitable for use in pet food. How about the manufacturer who leaves meat outside in the sun and heat, exposed to rodent and bug infestation? Who, in their right mind, would allow these kind of ingredients in pet food?
You know, I had to have my precious cat Pooky put to sleep. The Vet who did the deed told me that her body would be cremated and that her ashes would be spread on some farmer’s field. That thought produced a pleasant scene in my mind as I stood there experiencing the shock of my little cat's death. Knowing what I know now, I wonder what really happened to Pooky’s body. Think somebody may have made a buck off of my tragic loss and my total ignorance? Here's an article by Susan Thixton titled "The Truth About Why Dead/Diseased Animals Goes To Pet Food"
What you won't see on product labels is another scary thing to consider: Some pet food manufactures use "expired grocery foods" in their products. I bet you wouldn't believe that old, unsold, expired Hot Pockets would go into your beloved cat's food. Think again. They do. Read as Susan Thixton describes 'Risk Ingredients Not Listed on Pet Food labels.'
I also won’t even get into the subject of animals used in pet food that have been pumped full of hormones / steroids / growth stimulants / antibiotics / medicines / tranquilizers / preservatives / pesticides / chemicals / toxins / and parasites. Oh God… the whole thing is scary as hell.
Ever consider where all that recalled human food goes? Yep. Right into your cat's dish. Here's a headline from today's news, "Raw Beef Recalled, Deemed Unfit For Human Consumption" The article began, "Nearly 25,000 pounds of beef were recalled last week after food inspectors deemed it unfit for human consumption." Consumers were encouraged to throw it out or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The point is... all of that recalled, bad beef most probably wound up in pet food.
Then, in this day and time, I guess one has to naturally expect that there will always be pure and simple intenitonal deception from product manufacturers. One company's website prominently displays the following in big letters, "WHEN IT COMES TO INGREDIENTS ONLY THE BEST OF THE BEST WILL DO." Only problem is... I rated their overall product line with an (X). Other deception: "Some pet food testing in Europe has found 14 of 17 pet foods to include meats not identified on product labels. Lack of pet food transparency is a worldwide concern." - Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com - 'More Pet Food Testing, More Problems in Pet Food'
While wanting a grain-free food for my cats (in fact I insist on it), the term 'grain-free' can be used as a coverup for other bad ingredients. You read 'grain-free' prominently on the label, and then automatically assume that you're holding a good product. You cannot make that assumption. There are many, many 'grain-free' cat foods on the market which contain other terrible ingredients. You have to read the ingredients list to make an educated evaluation.
Watch as manufacturers proudly list what’s not in their product. ‘Grain-Free’ is usually at the top of their list. Saying something is not in the can is simply spreading more hype. They might as well be saying, “Our cat food doesn’t have • concrete, • thumbtacks, • tire rims, • hammers, • alarm clocks, etc., etc. If you see a list of things that a cat food doesn’t contain, that list is pure hype.
The manufacture’s website info and product label design doesn’t matter. Advertising doesn't matter. Internet product reviews and caregiver’s testimonials don't matter. Whether or not your cats’ “like” it doesn’t matter (all kids like junk food).
“If you are feeding canned cat food, the ONLY things that matter to your cats’ future and wellbeing are the ingredients in the can and the quality of those ingredients." - Doug Hines
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