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Whiskas is just another bargain basement food that people buy strictly because it’s cheap and the name is cute. I don’t even think it has a jingle like Meow Mix, or a really fancy commercial like Fancy Feast. It’s been around for a long time though, and I’m sure a lot of people buy it out of brand loyalty and don’t think about what’s in it. As long as we’re on the topic of what’s in it….
Well, the ingredient list is actually pretty brief. That isn’t a bad thing, as long as the food has the proper ingredients. This is certainly not up to that task. Two of the first three ingredients are straight filler that are nutritionally near worthless to cats, and the other is a by-product made from disgusting parts of the animal you wouldn’t personally feed your cat.
The scary thing is that there’s only one animal protein source within the first 10 ingredients. Yikes!! That’s not healthy at all for a cat and it is not how their bodies work. They’re carnivores, people! They aren’t supposed to live off of corn and wheat!! When there’s more 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. in a food than the 2nd meat source (turkey by-products), you know you have a problem.
About the only thing they got right was using rice for a grain, but that was after 3 other grains were already named, so it was too little too late. This is one of the worst foods on the market. other grains were already named, so it was too little too late.
What’s good about this food….
….and what’s not so good.
Very heavy corn use, by-products are top protein, brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., wheat present, artificial colors.
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour★ Poorly digested filler, can cause allergies and bowel problems., Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., 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., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Turkey By-product Meal, Caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. Color, Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., dl-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., 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., Trace Minerals (Zinc Sulfate★★★ 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., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels.), White Fish Meal, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol).