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On the spreadsheet I created which ranks cat foods by their ingredients and what placing they are within the list, this food placed dead last. Looking at the ingredients, it isn’t all that hard to see why. The first two ingredients are worthless corn ingredients that do nothing but disrupt digestion, especially the evil “gluten meal”.
The meat sources are by-products and “meat and bone meal”, which ensures that your cat is eating stuff that wouldn’t even be found in your house otherwise because of the sheer gross-out factor.
Sure, they put in 3 “meal” products in this, but it’s all so low in the ingredient list that it hardly matters. The overseeing organization of pet foods requires that, in order to call a food by a particular name (say, oceanfish), that it contain a certain minimal percentage of that meat. That’s obviously what they’ve done here. It isn’t out of concern of pet health, or it’d be higher on the list. It’s just for labelling. What a shame.
What’s good about this food….
They do include a few meal products, but they are far down the list.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn as first 2 ingredients, animal proteins are of very poor quality, soybeans, and salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride. is too far up ingredient list.
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, meat and bone meal, animal fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), soybean meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats., animal liver flavor, phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., oceanfish meal, albacore tuna meal, salmon meal, yellowfin tuna meal, crab meal, dried seaweed, choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., added color (Yellow 5★ Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use., Yellow 6★ Artificial color, potentially carcinogenic food colorant., Red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic., Blue 2★ Carcinogenic, artificial color.), ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, calcium phosphate★★ Used to improve/stabilize dry foods, inexpensive mineral supplement., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Vitamin A supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. supplement, Vitamin B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response. supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Vitamin D-3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., menadione sodium bisulfite complex★★★ Standard source of Vitamin K activity, necessary for blood clotting, aids as anti-parasitic for intestinal worms. (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response..