What Commercial Pet Food Manufactures Do Not Want You To Know
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Here are 7 tips about commercial cat food and why to avoid buying.
Serious pet owners have heard about why they need to make sure that they feed their cat a proper cat diet. If you have been purchasing pet food from major retailers, you will be in for a big surprise.
The pet food labeled “Premium Cat Food” might not actually be as great for your beloved cat. The fact is the pet food industry has dirty little secrets that they do not want consumers to know. Before you pick up that next bag of cat chow, check out these tips. Hopefully learn more about the industry and then make a decision.
7 Tips About Commercial Cat Food:
- The pet food labels that you see on shelves use weasel words to trick you. Weasel words are words that sounds very promising, but do not actually mean anything informative. Words like “premium,” “choice,” and “quality” are slapped on labels, and according to the rules, it’s perfectly legal. They must not make a guarantee about the ingredients in the food, or the food itself. Premium is a word that is purely a marketing term. It is placed on the label to encourage you to buy, and does nothing more than that. Bad commercial cat food sounds a lot more appetizing with the right labels.
- Reading the ingredients can tell you if the pet food in question is worth buying. Low quality pet food will often have “meat and bone meal” as a primary ingredient. In simple terms, “meat and bone meal” is a mixture of animal intestines, diseased tissues, and bone parts. Sometimes even the remains of euthanized cats, dogs, and sheep. Meat by-products and animal digest also have similar ingredients. This is why pets get sick from bad commercial cat food.
There is much less quality control in pet food than there is in human food. Just like with the food that you eat, there are different levels of pet food quality. Each bag of pet food comes with a guaranteed analysis of the ingredients in the food containing the percentage of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. The analysis does not tell you about the sources of the protein. The pet food manufacturers like to use low-nutrition sources like chicken feet or grains to increase protein ratings. In addition, many of them use euthanized animals due to illness. A proper cat diet is difficult to get if you do not know this simple trick. 7 Tips About Commercial Cat Food:
- The best pet food contains quality human grade ingredients. This should make common sense. Many pet food companies will say that they use human grade ingredients. In reality, only use one or two ingredients worth human consumption. In order to make sure that your pet food is 100% human grade. Choose APHIS European certified pet food. When European countries import pet food from the United States, they require all of the ingredients human grade. Use that little law as a way to keep yourself from buying bottom tier food.
- Healthier cat food will have healthy bacteria in it called probiotics in human food. You need to make sure that the bacteria in your cat’s intestines actually is present in the numbers it should be. Check the ingredient label for Acidophilus. If it is not on the label, you need to find one that does or add probiotics and enzymes yourself. This is what I often do and here is a link to a quality producer of pet enzymes and probiotics.
The preservatives used in pet food are often cancer-causing chemicals and some cats are allergic to artificial food coloring. These preservatives include such dangerous ones as BHT and BHA and both chemicals cause cancer and general malaise. When picking your pet food, make an effort to search for natural preservatives such as Vitamin E or natural mixed tocopherols. A proper cat diet will be free of BHT. In addition, your cat does not need artificial coloring to attract it to the food! That is done so humans find the color accepting. Many cats have food allergies from this practice. 7 Tips About Commercial Cat Food:
- Chelated minerals are easier to process. Your pet needs minerals like copper, iron, and zinc in their diet. Minerals are difficult to absorb, whether you are human or animal. Using a process called chelating; science has made it easier for animals to get the minerals that they need. Healthy cat food will have chelated minerals listed in the ingredient statement.
Many pet food manufactures have no problem selling low quality pet food to pet owners and sacrificing the health of millions of pets. If you are tired of buying bad commercial cat food there is something that you can do. You can always choose a high quality cat food found in my Cat Store instead of the ones that you see lining most store shelves. here is a partial list that I recommend: Wellness brands, Weruva, Applawse, Tiki, Rad Cat, and online the Only Natural Pet Store for quality pet food.
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