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Q: Why don't humans purchase the best food?

September 28, 2008 | By Susan S. | 10 answers | Expired: 2116 days ago

Why don't humans purchase the best food?

You want your pets to be Happy and Healthy why do you not feed them organic food like Flint River Ranch? I have had all of mine on FRR food for over 3 years. I have been to the Vets less, they are not hungry all the time. Their poop is small and don't smell so bad. The food is oven fresh to your door. I have had my animals on Science Diet and Imms, I will never put them on that food ever again. There have been so many animals deaths because of the toxic things they put in their food.Do you know there is road kill in their food among other things. I am sorry for your loss if I touched a sore spot. But the food was not meant for animals, It is garbage, trash for the land fills. I am 57 years old and wish some one had told me about this a long time ago. My heart pores out to you and your animals do your research. Put these other Companys on your sh-- list. Maybe they will wise up and put out better food for our animals . Don't they deserve the best? By the way I pay less for the food. I use to pay $150.00 now I pay $70.00. The animals don't have to be so sick. Please do your self a favor and check it out. Yes I have lost alot of animals becaue of the food. Charcoal died of FUS. I can't change the whole world but if 1 person changes at a time, the rest will change 1 at a time. They are only with us for a short time, an so many are abused. From me and my beautiful katz to you and yours.

Readers' Answers (10)
Angie S.
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Sep 28, 2008

I have been educating myself about feline nutrition for the past 5+ years and often wonder the same thing as you. In my experience, there are two primary answers to your question...... 1) They simply don't know any better...... 2) They trust that their vets do know what's best and blindly take their advice.

We now know that vets' primary source of education on companion animal nutrition comes from the pet food companies themselves rather than independent research. So the first step in the process of improving what our pets eat is more independent research. That research then has to get into the hands and minds of our vets. From there vets can begin to re-educate the public. At that point, sufficient pressure will be put on the pet food companies to make the necessary changes. Unfortunately, it's a slow process but it's starting to take hold. The independent research has been going on for many years now and is just beginning to get to our vets (and those of us who seek out that research directly). We can only hope that in the coming years it will really take off and make a difference.

In the meantime, those who don't yet know any better will continue to argue here with those of us who do. I only hope that we will not take it personally and continue to "fight the good fight" for our pets.

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Mary G.
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Sep 28, 2008

The answer to your question is that most people are not aware of what they are really feeding their pets--or themselves for that matter. I am not familiar with Flint River Ranch food (I plan to research it though) but just lately have been taking a very close look at the list of ingredients on boxes and bags and cans of cat food and I am truly horrified. For example I am looking at a label on a can of Fancy Feast Gourmet Salmon & Shrimp Feast--small can weighs 3 ounces--costs about sixty cents. First ten listed ingredients only: Fish Broth, Salmon, Meat By Products (we know what these are), Turkey?, Shrimp, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Red 3 and other color, guar gum, potassium chloride, taurine? and it get worse from there AND Fancy Feast is one of the BETTER products. Even worse from a bag of Fancy Feast Gourmet Gold (Superb Nutrition) With Savory Chicken and Turkey: Get this--in order--Brewers Rice (cats do not need carbs), Poultry by products, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat Preserved with mixed-tocopherols, ground yellow corn, soybean meal, animal liver flavor, chicken, turkey....
As a result of what I am learning I am "weaning" my cats off commercially produced foods. I am offering them "people" canned salmon and tuna, my own organic chopped meat and roast beef and turkey burgers. They are happy with my choices, but act hungry--sure they do--no fillers.

There is a truly unique place in New York called Angel's Gate Animal Hospice which I have been fortunate to visit. Angel's Gate is home to more than 200 terminally ill or physically challenged animals--mostly dogs and cats with a couple of ponies and exotic birds and a chicken or swan or to thrown into the mix. Their diet for the dogs and cats is the same and it consists of raw turkey period. I can attest to the fact that the animals have beautiful shiny coats--even those oh so very close to crossing "the rainbow bridge"-- and that they are alert and shiny eyed. Certainly something to thing about. Thank you for your thoughtful question and just one more sickening fact--Procter & Gambles) parent company of IAMES tests on animals!

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Jennifer G.
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Sep 28, 2008

Thanks for the advice. I have been trying to do research on dog food to figure out what to feed my dogs. It is hard to know what really is good food or not because you would think that the vets would tell you good foods-but they don't. There is just such a plethora of information on good and bad dog food. Thanks again!

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