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Things Detrimental to a Cat’s Long-Term Health
• DRY FOOD HURTS CATS •
(High Carb/Chem, Artificial Ingredients, No Moisture)
• Dry Food Now = Bad Health, Suffering and Vet Bills Later •
Adverse, Harmful, Unacceptable Ingredients –
Not For My Cats
I’ve studied/examined/evaluated canned cat foods, and I have compiled a database of over 1500 brand named products prevalent on store shelves today. This page is a list of cat food ingredients used abundantly throughout the cat food industry. You would be wise not to purchase cat food containing these ingredients. – Doug Hines, publisher, CatNewsHeadlines.com
I Reject Any Product Containing:
Reject #1 – Carbohydrates
I reject products that contain:
As has been repeated many times before, cats are obligate carnivores and get their protein from animal sources, not plants (grains, legumes and vegetables). Cats have zero carbohydrate requirements. To paraphrase Dr. Andrew Jones, Online Veterinarian, “Cats lack certain enzymes such as salivary amylase. These are enzymes that are there [in humans, for example] to help break down carbohydrates. Cats don’t have those. Cats are uniquely designed for short, more frequent meals that are protein based.”
“Because cats are carnivores, the short length of their long intestines limits their ability to ferment fibers that are found in many carbohydrates.” – Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs, published by the National Research Council of the National Academies, pg4
*This quote is from an article on the HappyCatsHaven.org website: “… cats have a relatively short digestive tract with a smaller stomach… Cat’s livers are also lighter and much more simple…Because they lack essential enzymes and amino acids, [cats] simply don’t have the capacity to digest other food sources, like vegetable matter or fruit.”
And another thing… “… in pet food any vegetable or fruit listed on a label could be sourced from spoiled, damaged, or even contaminated (such as with pesticides) vegetables and fruits that cannot be sold as human food.” – Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com – Learn the Truth about Pet Food Ingredients Part 4
(By the way… Think cats need vegetables, legumes or fruit? Let me know the next time you see a cat digging up someone’s garden to eat their potatoes. Let me know the next time you see a cat shucking peas or shimmying up a tree to eat mangoes.)
Reject #2 – Gums
Next, I reject any product containing gums – xanthan, locust bean (carob bean), ghatti, polysaccharide, cassia or guar gum (These fructooligosaccharides (FOS), used as a gelling agent, stabilizer and food thickener, are highly processed and have no nutritional value. They are actually too high in fermentability, and can cause gas, diarrhea and nutrient loss. Some research has shown that gum had a significant negative effect on apparent protein digestibility and tended to depress apparent fat and energy digestibilities. Interestingly, the FDA has banned guar gum as a human weight loss pill ingredient due to reports of the substance swelling and obstructing the intestines and esophagus.
Reject #3 – Grains
Next, I reject any product containing grains, especially genetically modified grains, (wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, rice, flax (linseed), corn (corn starch, corn gluten meal). Less costly than meat, grains are often used to boost the crude protein numbers in place of adding more meat to the product.
See Ms. Thixton’s article ‘What you should know about Grains in your pet’s food.’
To repeat, cats are obligate carnivores and get their protein from animal sources, not plants. Grains, fruits and starchy vegetables are ‘fillers’, none of which have any nutritional value for cats, and all of which have questionable effects on a cat’s digestive system.
Reject #4 “By-Products”
And how about by-products? – Reject them. Obviously cats in the wild eat nearly anything and everything from their prey. (Cats in the wild do reject various parts of their prey and leave the parts strewn about the kill site.) Examples are below. No… I reject by-products because it’s a category ripe for manipulation by unscrupulous manufacturers.
According to AAFCO, meat by-products are “non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. Includes, but not limited to lungs, spleen, kidneys, brains, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs.”
( I wonder… how do pet food manufacturers separate the fecal matter contaminants from the ‘by-products?’ How much chicken or cow poop is in ‘by-products’?)
Reject #5 – “Meal” – as in Chicken Meal
I put the can back on the store shelf if the description contains the words ‘meal’ or ‘bone meal’, like in Chicken Meal. ‘Meal’ is the rendered product from animal tissues, excluding the things noted above under ‘By-Products.’ Rendering is a process wherein meat is first over-cooked to remove the water. It is then baked until it becomes a residue. It becomes a highly concentrated powder – or meat meal. Low quality meat meals can come from slaughterhouse waste, spoiled meat, and/or dead/dying or diseased animals.
“This is one of those rendered products that could contain anything from euthanized pets to zoo animals to roadkill to expired meat and the styrofoam wrapper it comes in.” – Emily Parker – Catological.com.
“There is a very suspicious reason as to why the pet food ingredient ‘chicken’ is not required to be sourced from a slaughtered animal. That reason is the common practice of culling baby male chickens and spent layer hens by a macerator. The birds are ground alive (they are not slaughtered). As explained to me, the end product is sold to pet food as ‘chicken’ and/or ‘chicken meal’.” – Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com – Inexcusable Pet Food Ingredient Definitions
Reject #6 – Artificial Colorants & Flavorings
Throw out artificial colorants and flavorings too. Coloring is added to cat food to make it more appealing to the human eye. It is a potential allergen and completely unnecessary for a cat.
Why would a cat food manufacturer be so obsessed with food color? Adding color is a 100% marketing gimmick. It’s a subtle example of hype. Here’s a list of the color additives just one company uses to influence your visual, aesthetic sensibility: Titanium Dioxide, Beta Carotene, Sodium Nitrite, Canthazantin, Caramel Color, Iron Oxide, Red 3. Read about these color additives below.
‘Natural flavor’ (as contrasted with unnatural flavor?) I’m very suspicious of something called ‘natural flavor.’ That term could mean anything at all. Old car tires could be used to flavor something. Ground up roofing shingles could be used to flavor something else. The term is just too broad to not be a catch-all, blanket phrase for anything manufacturers want to put into the food. Worst of all, ‘natural flavor’ usually occurs high up on the ingredients list. I simply do not trust the term – or the ingredient -at all.
Reject #7 – Anything from a Metal Can that contains BPA
I also reject any product where the metal can contains BPA – a commonly used chemical in the plastic lining of canned foods. BPA is an “endocrine disruptor chemical”, and as such may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverts developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.” – from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Just how prevalent are these bad ingredients?
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:
Here’s an even more in-depth ingredient analysis
from Dr. Lisa Newman
Here’s an even more in-depth ingredient
analysis from Dr. Lisa Newman
“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).
And Whoever Thought of Putting
Ground Pecan Shells in Cat Food?
It’s Real Folks!
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.
I got it. Cats in the wild eat insects.
But replacing my cat’s primary animal
protein with insects?
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”
“How low can humans go?” –
Plans to Extract Pet Food From Chicken Poop
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.
“How low can humans go?” –
Poop, Garbage, and Other things in Cat Food
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
Nothing Else Matters…
“If you are feeding canned cat food, the ONLY things that matter to your cats’ future health and wellbeing are the ingredients in the can and the quality of those ingredients.” – Doug Hines
And There’s No Telling What Else Is In The Can…
A Serious Subject – Herbicides in Pet Food
Roundup® – an invisible killer that effects our dogs and cats.
Roundup® is a Monsanto/Bayer brand of glyphosate-based herbicides. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the Untied States.
Most of us are aware of the grave situation on our planet whereby Roundup® is used to inhibit weed growth in a broad spectrum of plant life. Most of us, however, don’t stop to think about Roundup®’s effect on our pets.
The concern surrounding Roundup® may not have motivated you to become an active participant in environmental issues, but it should. Once you become aware of its effect on your companion animals, maybe you should shift your awareness into some kind of political/societal action.
Watch as Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM and Online Veterinarian, in his video series on Veterinary Secrets (the #1 Natural Pet Health Network on YouTube!), addresses a recent study which revealed that 18 dog and cat foods tested at Cornell University contained the herbicide Roundup®. Here’s a direct link to the study: Cornell
Herbicide ‘Roundup’ Found in 18 Dog and Cat Foods
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