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Note: The formula for this food has changed (see comments). The rating of the review still stands.
Science Diet is a pet food tragedy to me, because they’ve done such a good job at advertising their brand and making their package seem as if their food is top quality for your loved pet. They’ve also bought off many vets to recommend their products because money talks. You’d think that for the exorbitant price that it’d be a pretty good product. After all, since it can exceed 3 dollars a pound, they’ve got to be accounting for that price somewhere.
Well, I’m still looking. The main meat source are cheap by-products that you wouldn’t feed directly to your cat and certainly wouldn’t even go near yourself. There are two instances of corn, the worst filler of all, within the first 5 ingredients. Brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., which is the worthless leftover of the alcohol brewing process is the 3rd biggest ingredient.
They have “chicken liver flavor” listed as well. Why the “flavor”? Why not just put the damn liver in there for the nutritional value? Ugh.
It’s such a waste too. I’ve given it a second star just because they didn’t put any artificial colors or animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. in it, and they loaded it with a lot of minerals and vitamins. Of course, putting supplements in the food is less necessary if the ingredients themselves are good.
For the money, this is the biggest rip-off in cat food today.
What’s good about this food….
….and what’s not so good.
By-products are main protein source, corn is a top ingredient, brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes..
Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground 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., Brewers Rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and citric acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.), Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Calcium Sulfate★ Plaster of Paris! Firming agent., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated. (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., 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., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., 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 D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement), Iodized 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.★ Used to cover rancid meats and fats, get cats to drink more – causes kidney dysfunction, hypertension., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, 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., minerals (Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Zinc Oxide★★★ 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., Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., 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.), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and Citric Acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic., Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..