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What’s scary about Purina One is that this is considered to be their mid-range food. So that means there are worse foods than this out there from them. One look at Cat Chow or Kit ‘N Kaboodle and you’ll see that it does indeed go down from here.
They start out well with chicken as the first ingredient, which allows them to proudly proclaim that “Chicken is the #1 ingredient!” on their packaging. That’s like saying I did well in the first event of a decathalon…what about the other 9 events? That’s the case here…what about those other ingredients?
We see brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., probably bought from Budweiser after they finished making beer with it. We see by-products, likely made from beaks, feathers and feet of birds. Wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., a leading cause of pet allergies, is present. Corn gluten, possibly the biggest waste of space in pet foods and used only b/c it’s cheap, is # 3. Then there’s more corn….more soy…..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.. They even only managed to put animal liver “flavor” in there, because they couldn’t spring for the real thing. Just a sad effort from the folks at Purina.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is first.
….and what’s not so good.
Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. is 2nd, corn gluten is 3rd, by-products are high on list, wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems. included, 2 sources of corn.
Chicken, brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, wheat flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., 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.), whole grain corn★★ Contains all nutrients of corn but indicates the use of feed-grade (old, moldy), not human-grade (healthier, fresher), can cause allergies, weight gain, blood sugar imbalances., fish meal, soy protein isolate, animal liver flavor, phosphoric acid★ A sequestering agent for rendered animal fats — implies poor quality fats are used, source of phosphorous., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. 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., 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., L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods. monohydrochloride, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, 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., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., 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., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., 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..