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If you ever needed proof that a cute advertising jingle (meow, meow, meow, meow) and a catchy slogan (Cats ask for it by name!) doesn’t mean anything towards the quality of the food, this would be your case study. It’s pretty much awful, but people report their cats do indeed love it. However, I look at it as akin to feeding your kid hot dogs every day. Sure you can, and they may love it, but does that justify it?
If you look, three of the first four ingredients are just filler grains with little to no value. They’re cheap to include, which is why they are. The main protein is a by-product, ensuring your cats are eating disgusting parts of the animal. Beef tallow is the main fat, which is pure, white, saturated fat from a cow. Basically, the kind of stuff that horrifies our doctors.
Going further, we see more by-products, brewers yeast and the infamous “animal digest”. Refer to the glossary page if you want to know more about that one. I get the feeling most would vomit if they saw it being made.
Also, what’s the deal with all the added colors? That has to be one of the most pointless additions to a cat food, but it’s part of what appeals to owners of Meow Mix. Hey, it’s vibrant!! That means it’s good?? Actually no, it doesn’t.
What’s good about this food….
Two animal meals, though they’re far down.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn is top 2 ingredients, 2 by-products, soybeans, beef tallow, brewers yeast, animal digest, artificial colors.
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), turkey by-product meal, salmon meal, ocean fish meal, brewers dried yeast, phosphoric acid, animal digest, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, calcium chloride, choline chloride, added color (red 40, yellow 5, blue 2, and other color), salt, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, l-alanine, niacin, vitamin E supplement, biotin, folic acid, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.