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I am very happy to say that I’ve finally found a brand of food that’s easy to find at a store like Petsmart or Petco that’s actually a pretty decent food. This is the only food I’ve seen that most people have heard of that actually seems to have a solid lineup of ingredients, and it honestly surprises me. This is better than Iams or Science Diet. Let’s look….
Chicken meal is first, and as I’ve said before, leading off with a meat “meal” product is the best way to start. It means it’s from the good part of the animal and is rich in protein. The next three grains are all good choices, and they haven’t lessened standards by using brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. or rice flour, which is great to see. Chicken fat is way better than beef tallow★ Tallow, includes old restaurant grease, is very hard to digest, leads to diarrhea, premature aging., so that’s a welcome addition to add fat to the food.
Then….sigh…we have corn gluten meal. It’s further down here than in most foods, so it’s more forgiveable, but we still don’t like to see it. The good news is, other than brewers yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis. in the 10th slot, those are the only cheap and not so good ingredients I see here. They have used no by-products, very few fillers, and a quality meat source. They’ve also used a fish (anchovy) oil for the Omega fatty acids, which is awesome.
It misses out on 4 stars, but still earns a respectable 3. However, for the price, it’s very possible to do better.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken meal is first, good grains for the most part, fish oil.
….and what’s not so good.
Corn gluten meal, brewers 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. is a bit high.
Lamb (natural source of glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency.), brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., corn gluten meal, 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., poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency.), oat meal★★★★★ Crushed oat groats, nutritive fiber, good for colon health, balances body’s pH, aids colon health., 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.), lamb meal, animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., 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., calcium phosphate★★ Used to improve/stabilize dry foods, inexpensive mineral supplement., 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., caramel★ Sugar-based adds to hyperactivity, or can be prepared by ammonia process associated with blood toxicity in lab rats. color, L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods. monohydrochloride, choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., 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., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, 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., garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE! oil, 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..