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Q: What is the best cat food?

April 17, 2009 | By Allison K. | 14 answers | Expired: 1999 days ago

Allison K.

I have been researching them but most of the info comes from the cat food makers.I know it is supose to be high in protein and have tarine but maybe not corn? I don't know, and there are so many choices! The cat is on Science diet right now, should I just stick to that?

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sarah c.
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Apr 30, 2009

wellness

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Jillian
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Apr 19, 2009

make your own. store bought brands are packed w/corn, which they can't digest; soy, which decreases the effects of vitamins; plant proteins, which they don't need; and animal by-products, which are not only disgusting but are sometimes rotting before they go into the food.
store brands amp up the protein on the labels, but a lot of it is plant protein {when they need meat} or its protein they can't absorb, like cow hooves {which may or may not be listed}.
one half meat, one fourth veggies, and one fourth complex carbs - how you make cat food. use chicken stock to add flavor. do an online search for "healthy powder", omitting the unnecessary bone meal and adding a lactose free source or calcium. add 1/4th a teaspoon to each meal for a days worth of vitamins and minerals.

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Jeri J.
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Apr 19, 2009

The best food isw the one you can get the finicky fur balls to eat. I tried making my own. Bought gizzards, chicken breast, livers and all thhat good stuff mixed i food processor with rice/oatmeal/ dry milk ect. Well they ate it for a few days then got tired of it. The problem is the commercial foods have so much salt and they look for that taste. Though they were all excited while I was cooking and kept giving samples, they just got bored I think. Well the dog ate it anyway it was not wasted. They do like his food for a few days. I think they are like kids and want something new all the time.Did you ever taste their commercial food? It is salty as h---.

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Bella C.
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Apr 18, 2009

Mickey Mouse.

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Roxanne
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Apr 18, 2009

Did you ever read the book "Foods Pets Die For" Shocking facts about pet food By ANN N. Martin . Which she now has three editions out. It will open up your eyes on pet food and really make you wonder about what we feed our loved ones..................

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Apr 17, 2009

I guess I cannot put a link in for a website so just google
Cat Food Glossary: AAFCO Definitions of Cat Food Ingredients

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Anonymous
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Apr 17, 2009

"Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Wheat Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Rice Flour"
This is from Nutro Max indoor cat food weight control and this seems to be there major ingredients for almost all their foods and they are not the best ingredients. Corn gluten meal, chicken meal are not the best for the health of your cat. Brewers yeast is not a good ingredient either.
Here is a link to the definitions of animal food ingredients and you can educate yourself. Here is what Chicken meal says: "chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size." "Although better than chicken by-product meal, chicken meal is generally a lesser quality of protein source than chicken meat."
cats.about.com/od/catfoodglossary/Cat_Food_Glossary_AAFCO_Definitions_of_Cat_Food_Ingredients.htm
Look up Corn gluten meal an you will see how much Nutro is lacking,

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Apr 17, 2009

I agree with aubonchocolate. Science Diet is not as good as it would like you to think. It has by-products and many other fillers in it. You want something that has a good amount of protein in it, no fillers, wheat, corn, soy. You want the meat to be named in what type of fat(chicken fat, not "animal fat." I have Blue buffalo currently for my cat but he came with SD. BB is 32% but I am looking for higher and found Taste of the Wild at my Tractor supply store and it is Grain free, 42% protein and has probiotics and prebiotics to help with digestion and GI health. It is also ony about 9.99 for 5 lbs! BB is 10.99 at Tractor supply store and Petsmart for 3-3.5 lbs. Before Grain is another one that looked good made by Merrick and is at higher end Pet stores. Wellness is grain free but very expensive. I think BB and TOTW are very good for the price.

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Diana L.
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Apr 17, 2009

I like Nutro Max or Natural Choice. No ground yellow corn, no chicken by-products. Look for a food that does not have dyes. Read labels, best advise. Don't be fooled by names like Goodlife, etc. Read the labels. Taurine is essential for vision and heart.

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Aubonchocolate
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Apr 17, 2009

The best cat food is one which is high protein - meaning the meat source must come from wholesome muscle meat. Make sure to select only food that list chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef, turkey, venison, salmon, whitefish, herring or a combination or those and not one that says by-products (chicken by product, meat by product, fish by product)

We should stay away from too much fillers like corn, corn gluten meal, wheat, wheat gluten, soy, oatbrans, etc. These are all cheap filler which help reduce the cost of manufacturing but brings little to no benefit our beloved cats.

Preservatives like BHA/BHT and Ethoxyquin should not be present as they are proven to be harmful to your cats. Also they should not be any other artifical preservatives such as propylene glycol and propolyneglycol .You need natural preservatives such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A or Rosemary.

Cats need an essential amino acid called Taurine. Cats can only receive this from eating wholesome meat. Choose a food that contains ample amount of Omega 3 sources - Salmon Oil, Flaxseed Oil or Canola Oil.

Given all that, SD is definitely not what I would feed my cat although it comes with the so called Veterinary Seal. In order to become a good pet parent, learn to read ingredient labels and refer to all the points mentioned above. Once you are familiar with what goes into a pet food, making a decision on what to feed would be much easier.

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