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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★ Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging. 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★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis. and the infamous “animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor.”. 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★ Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging., brewers 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., artificial colors.
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats., beef tallow★ Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging. preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. (source of vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), turkey by-product meal, salmon meal, ocean fish★★★★★ Quality cold water fish, highly nutritious, high in fatty acids. meal, brewers dried yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., 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., calcium chloride★ Used as a source of calcium but can cause digestive upset, heart issues., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., added color (red 40★ Artificial color, carcinogenic., yellow 5★ Artificial color, a salicylate which can be become deadly to cats with extended use., blue 2★ Carcinogenic, artificial color., and other color), 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., 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., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., l-alanine, niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic., 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), calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response..