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I used to feed this stuff before I knew better. I do feel bad in retrospect, but I can at least say it isn’t quite as bad as Meow Mix or Friskies, so this food has that going for it.
It contains a lot of corn and by-products as its main meat product. That’s never good. At least salmon is the 5th ingredient though, I’ll give it that. Most cheap products don’t even have it that high. They do use whole grain rice as well, which is another plus. Dried peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. are a solid veggie and a good source of fiber.
Now I’m making it sound like a pretty good food aren’t I?? My mistake, because it really isn’t. The fact remains that it contains a hell of a lot of worthless corn and digusting by-products. It still has wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems. and brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis. in it as well.
But you know, I’m still happy to see that they put spinach and tomatoes and carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber. in it as well. Their location in the ingredient list is low, but typically these types of ingredients are somewhat low. Plus, they did at least fortify it with minerals and vitamins.
I guess in the end, if Science Diet gets two stars, so does this. It’s better than Science Diet by a hair, too.
What’s good about this food….
Salmon is 5th, a few vegetables included, rice mentioned twice.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn is 2 of first 3 ingredients, by-products are main protein source, wheat is mentioned twice, 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 list.
Ground corn, chicken-by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic., salmon, whole grain brown rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., natural poultry flavor, dried peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., dried beet pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., rice, brewers dried yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., 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., wheat gluten★ Poor protein source, used as a cheap, non-nutritive filler — causes allergies., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., iron oxide★ Can be cultivated from rust!, titanium dioxide★ Potentially carcinogenic artificial color used as white pigment., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., dried spinach, dried tomatoes, dried carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., skim milk powder, dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., 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., dl-methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., minerals (zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., potassium iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels.), vitamins (dl-alpha tocopherol acetate★ Synthetic source, non-nutritive. Used generally as a “natural” preservative. [source of vitamin e], folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., vitamin a acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. [source of vitamin c], vitamin b12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. supplement [vitamin b2], d-calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. [vitamin b1], vitamin d3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. [vitamin b6] ), vegetable oil★ Non-descriptive source of fat, contains saturated fat which is hard on the body, causes premature aging. (source of linoleic acid), chlorophyll, naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., marigold meal.