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Purina doesn’t have a good reputation as being a quality pet food provider among those in the know anyways, so when you have a food that is basically advertised as their bargain food, you know you’re in for a world of trouble. No cute names or logos can save this one from what it really is: a terrible thing to feed your cat.
First off, the first 3 ingredients are worthless filler. The first THREE!! Isn’t filler supposed to just be….well….FILLER? You can’t put filler in the top ingredient spots! It doesn’t even fit the definition!
When they do get into meat products, it’s the infamous “meat and bone meal”, which none of us with weak stomachs would actually want to see made or admit is in our cat’s food.
I will give them credit for having “oceanfish meal”, which is a decent ingredient, but it’s too low on the ingredient list to be significant. It’s followed up with a by-product, which ruins any goodwill that we can have towards this food.
We also have 4 artificial colors (do you really think your cat cares about color??), and the yummy “animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.” (a soup of blood, skin, and organs).
All in all, I think you get the idea…..do you even need to look at the score?
What’s good about this food….
Nothing to mention.
….and what’s not so good.
Grains top 3 ingredients, including corn as top 2, very poor animal protein sources, beef tallow★ Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging., high use of 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., animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., artificial colors, brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis..
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, soybean meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats., meat and bone meal, beef tallow★ Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging. preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), oceanfish meal, turkey by-product meal, phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., 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., brewers dried yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., tetra sodium pyrophosphate★ Is a rust stain remover used in cleaning products (TSP)!!!! Why is it in food? Emulsification of rendered animal fats! Very toxic, causes nausea and diarrhea., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., 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., L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods. monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., added color (Red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic., Blue 2★ Carcinogenic, artificial 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.), glyceryl monostearate, L-Alanine, manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., D-3), niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., 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., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. 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., citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic., 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..