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Cat Dry Food Is Bad For Your Cat
Because of conveniences, most people feed their cats a dry food diet. What most pet owners don’t really pay attention to when feeding their cat dry food is what really is in those little morsels that they are dishing out onto the cat’s dish. Most pet owners don’t read the sides of those dry cat food boxes to really see the ingredients, mostly because there are many and they are printed so tiny. But, please do your cat a favor next time you decide to purchase dry food, read what’s in it.
Today, I am going to read off just the first few ingredients of some dry food that I recently decided write down when I was in my local grocery store. The first ingredient in any food is the ingredient that has the most of it in the food and for this particular brand that I am not going to mention is something called “Ground Yellow Corn”. Now, when we think of a cat, do we automatically think of ‘ground yellow corn’? Of course not, cats are carnivores, they eat meat. They don’t go stepping through corn fields attacking corn and eating it! Maybe if they were starving, but we need to know what is going on here?
The next on the list is ‘corn gluten meal”. Hum, that is the word that made the rounds on the news a while back, ‘Gluten’. I believe it made it on the news when suddenly over 8 thousand of our beloved cats had suddenly died or gotten very sick! Oh, that’s right, it was wheat gluten from China and Canada. http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSWEN594320070330 But, this ingredient is corn gluten. I guess ‘corn gluten” is okay right?
Corn Gluten is used because it is a source of protein that complements the amino acids of meat and fish, that is why they use it in dry food. According to many scientists and vets, once the amino acids are broken down in the cats body, supposedly, when the amino acid reaches the cells in the cat the cells have no idea whether it was from a meat source or a vegetable source, all it knows is that it’s the proper amino acid that help keep the cat’s body healthy and strong. However, catkinsdiet.com is all about being logical when approaching the subject of a cat’s diet and one thing that we all know is that: CAT’S DON’T NATURALLY EAT CORN!! Why should they start now?
Let’s take a look at the next ingredient, ‘chicken by-product meal’. Yummy, that sure sounds like something that we want to give to our cats, right? Let’s take a look at ‘chicken by-product meals’. It ’s pretty much something that is fairly cheap for the manufacturer to put into the cat’s food, but it is also harder for the cat to digest and the actual by-products are the supposed clean parts of the chicken, but may sometimes contain ingredients that are also in the ‘poultry by-products’, like bones, offal’s, and undeveloped eggs. Offal’s by the way are the entrails of the animals, the internal organs and such. According to AAFCO the definition of chicken by-product meals are: “Chicken by-product meal consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.” That sounds great. I guess we are getting closer to the cat’s natural diet, right? This is getting us all hungry! When’s dinner?
The next ingredient on my dry cat food box was, ‘meat and bone meal’. Wait a minute. Wasn’t that in the chicken by-product meal? I am confused and to tell you the truth, a little nauseous. Meat bone meal or MBM is part of what is known as the rendering industry. That means that it takes waste from the animals tissue and makes it into something almost good. Another definition of the kinds of foods that you would see coming from the rendering industry is being of waste products from butcher shops and restaurants, things like expired meats. And yet another definition of MBM is: “parts of euthanize dead animal from animal shelters, veterinarians and zoos!!! WHAT?! Our cat’s could be eating other cats?! I can just imagine my cat’s reaction if she ever found out that she is a possible cat cannibal…thank God she doesn’t think like a human. (at least not all of the time) Whatever happened to the good old fashion mouse meal anyway?
Dare I continue, I still have to go over what is in ‘Turkey by-products’ and ‘animal liver flavor’. I guess I will go over those ingredients in part two. But what I am really looking forward to seeing is why they need to add special colors into cat dry food, like ‘yellow 6, yellow 5, and blue 2′? That doesn’t even bring me half way down the ingredient list.
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