I reject any product containing:
Also see the Not Rejects But Close page for these items:
Remember, cats cannot digest/process carbohydrates. There is evidence that carbohydrates lead to pancreatic disorders.
"This is a wonderful analysis of ingredients found in most pet foods. The list was produced as a collaborative effort between pet food formulator Dr. Lisa Newman, N.D., Ph.D. (www.Azmira.com), Mike Adams (www.HealthRanger.org) and the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (www.ConsumerWellness.org). Mike Adams and the Consumer Wellness Center compiled the following list of 448 ingredients found in pet foods available to the US market, and Dr. Newman has provided nutritional analysis and a description for each ingredient.
Dr. Lisa Newman has over 20 years experience in pet nutrition and nutritional therapies, and neither her nor Mike Adams were funded for this research." Read Dr. Newman's list here.
[Doug's note: Dr. Newman and I have our differences over the benefit of feeding certain ingredients. I advise you to gather information from many sources before you decide what to feed your cat(s).
In trying to get an overview of the industry, it is interesting to note what percentage of products contain some of the worst elements. Here are just a few:
It's right there in black and white on the can's ingredient list. It figures... Hill's® Prescription Diet® 'Gastrointestinal Biome Digestive/Fiber Care'® Ground Pecan Shells is the least horrible ingredient in this cat food. It also contains • rice starch • wheat gluten • chicken liver flavor • flaxseed • soybean oil • whole grain barley • dried citrus pulp • dried beet pulp • natural flavor • pressed cranberries • powdered cellulose • guar gum • oat fiber • sodium tripolyphosphate • fructooligosaccharides • copper sulfate • and menadione sodium bisulfite complex. And this product is so special that it's only available via prescription. What B.S.
Roger Harrabin, a BBC environment analysts, reports the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging the public to consider insect-based pet food - all in the name of the ongoing battle against climate change. "Advocates say insect protein provides a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional pet food" - BBC News
Here's what I have to say about that... "Buzz Off"
Again, I refer you to an article by pet food safety consumer advocate Mollie Morrissette from her website PoisonedPets.com. "Just when you think the pet food industry can't stoop any lower - they do. This time, plans are in place to recycle poultry industry sludge into - you guessed it - pet food. The plan is to develop a "novel recycling operation,"... upcycling poultry sludge into proteins and fats from poultry processing wastewater sludge for use in the pet food industry."
We Pet Parents Really Need To Do Something To Stop This Nonsense. To learn more (and possibly loose all faith in humankind) see Ms. Morrissette's article here.
Here’s an article about the (shady at best) 'arrangement' between the FDA and the Association of American Feed Contol Officials (AAFCO) which talks about 'approved' cat food ingredients such as poop, dust, plastic, breakfast cereal, donuts and others. It's difficult to believe that humans could rationalize using such horrid ingredients, but then look at the 'quality' of some humans. Again by Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com - "Dehydrated Garbage" and Other (absurd) Legal Feed Ingredients
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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