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5 Gross Things That Might Be in Your Cat's Food

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats, food )

- 1819 days ago -
Road kill? MSG? Zoo animals? What is your cat really eating?

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Past Member (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:54 am
Don't worry, it's probably in your lipstick.

Teresa W (782)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:10 am

. (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:07 am
Actually, many of the first mentioned are in hot dogs.
I was introduced to Friskies years ago when a friend of mine saw me feeding my cats far more expensive food. Reading label for label, Friskies one out. The first ingredient is either fish, beef, lamb - not by-priduct, or even water.

Julie E (405)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:46 am
Ick! I'm not going to look!

Julie E (405)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:50 am
I had to look.
"Check the label. Food labeled “complete and balanced” has met nutritional standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Make sure a specific protein source, such as fish, lamb, turkey, chicken, or beef, is one of the first ingredients listed".

Past Member (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 11:12 am
Please!!! I waste enough time (not really) being concerned with *dangerous* ingredients in my and my pets food, and now I'm going to waste enough more time (not really) being concerned with *potentially dangerous*
And *accidental cannibals*? Like omnivores in the wild don't eat meat no matter what it is?
All my companions have eaten the same food all their lives and they all live to healthy, ripe old ages.

Dianne D (490)
Friday June 28, 2013, 12:40 pm
I was having a heartache about meat by-products, when my vet, who used to write papers for UC Davies Vet School pointed out to me what a cat will eat if it should kill an animal or come across a recently killed animal and it's pretty much everything that's considered the by-product. It's the flesh that the cats will NOT eat from their kill. They always go for the heart, lever, stomach, etc. I had a cat that if it got outside, and killed a bird, would remove the liver only, and eat that. Didn't eat anything else from the bird.

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday June 28, 2013, 1:53 pm
Feeding a cat with a 'food' listing grain or cereal as first ingredient is like a human taking a steady diet of Three Finger Micky's Simulated Meat Bi-product Burgers (Macdonalds or Jack-in-the-box burgers). Ugh!

Freya H (357)
Friday June 28, 2013, 2:43 pm
EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! That is why I make sure that the first ingredient on any cat food I buy is meat or fish. I am going to be a lot more careful about what food I buy for Ragamuffin - and any other four-legged charges I will have in the future.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 28, 2013, 2:48 pm
Good point, Dianne D ! That's what the animal nutrition consultants I've worked with say too. By-products are healthier than pure muscle meat ~ and that's what they recommend to the food manufacturers.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday June 28, 2013, 3:14 pm

Birgit W (160)
Friday June 28, 2013, 4:32 pm
Terrible. So their cat food is just as gross as our food which all the companies tell us how healthy it is.

Vicky P (476)
Friday June 28, 2013, 5:53 pm
horrible, there needs to be better labeling

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:01 pm
The cheaper brand cat foods are not healthy. Some cats do eat flesh as well as the organs.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:41 pm
Gross additives!! if they could use "Pink Slime" they would!
Then I think about what Tiny little cans they are!! Will check the labels even more carefully!!
Thank You

Carol H (229)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:18 am
noted, thank you Cher

Danuta W (1250)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 4:09 am

Winnie A (179)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:29 am

Lona G (80)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 8:15 am
Oh, please! Some of us humans might find it gross, but cats couldn't care less about most of the ingredients listed.

I'm not too happy with the cellulose and grain fillers for carnivores so I don't by the cheap cat food, and additives and preservatives are reasonably well regulated in the Netherlands. But offal and road kill gross? You should see what cats ingest when they eat their own garden kill.

. (0)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:32 am
Noted & posted

Ruth C (87)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:06 am
I make mine cats food, so I know what is in it.

Barbara V (51)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:43 pm
I "ran" away from supermarket cat food when I learned what they put into it--even TUMORS from slaughtered cattle. Today, I also use feline health food, but a lot of my favorite brands I can't get here the way I could in NYC. It's pretty frustrating, so I do the best I can with less variety. I used to have a listing of all cat foods and what was in them and how good they REALLY were, then I would buy only the top brands. But doggone it, I lost that listing. I think I'll check out recipes for cat food and see what's what.

Mickey Herd (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:42 am
We dont even know what is in our food, let alone the cats food.

Sara P (54)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9:15 am can never rest easy ....
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