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

September 28, 2008 | By Susan S. | 10 answers | Expired: 2111 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.

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melissa f.
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Oct 03, 2008

Wow! I'de like to know how you save so much on pet nutrition. From $150 to $70, that is a huge difference. I certainly want what is best for our two American Eskimo Mixes, however in this small town, it is often hard to find. And then when you do find it, it is twice the price of other "not so healthy" brands. I do not purchase IAMES, like one other respondent, I am aware of their animal testing.

You may go to www.astrostar.com/DO-Test.htm to find other companies that also test on animals. I am mostly disgusted by CLOROX, they test for their product ArmorAll. I mean, come on! It's for automobile cleaning, what is the purpose of it being tested on animals? I'de like to see them start testing their product on themselves, maybe then they will come to understand the attributes of science. And, are they not scientist. Should they not understand the way particular agents or chemicals come together? Thereore, they should now the outcome before the experiment!

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Starling
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Oct 03, 2008

Many humans are too cheap to even feed themselves properly. Why do you think there are macdonalds "restaraunts" everywhere?

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Rjlupinskat
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Sep 30, 2008

Like most who have answered, I'd say it is a combination of cost and knowledge, as well as availability.

Vets and other animal experts differ on what brands they approve of or recommend. Add to that the number of supposedly better, lesser known brands that are not available in certain geographical locations.

Cost is also a big issue. It isn't a big deal, perhaps, to pay an extra few (or many) dollars for a bag of food to feed one or two pets, but if you are a private rescue or any sort (like those stated before who were feeding starving local cats), it is a HUGE difference.

My vet has recommended higher brands such as Science Diet, of course, but has also said Purina was a good brand, too. Too many differing opinions cause complete confusion, just as it does with humans and what is 'best' for their diets (such as low carb versus low fat).

There is no patent ideal agreed upon.

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2MEOWERS
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Sep 30, 2008

I think the main reason is the cost. Why would you feed your pet low quality food if the cost was about the same for high quality? Another reason is just lack of knowledge. All these foods claim to meet the AAFCO standard for balanced nutrition. (Assn. of American Feed Control Officials) Seems that should be enough reason to buy the food, right? Pet food manufacturers are trying to make a profit and will use whatever they can to meet these standards. If the standards were improved, maybe the lower costing foods would improve. We will always pay a premium for food needed for special diets. However, the quality of pet nutrition should be the focus of the food makers, not how cheaply the food can be made. I feel sorry for those on limited incomes that want to feed better but just cannot afford it. I can find "all natural" foods at a local pet store (that's all they sell), but I can't afford it. My vet and his staff all feed Science Diet. His wonderful yellow lab lived to over sixteen. I feed Science Diet "Nature's Best" dry and regular Science Diet wet to my cats. Certainly more expensive that the store brand but based on my vet's recommendation it's my choice. I've been with him over thirteen years and I'll be very sad when he retires in a year or so. May all of you be blessed with such a wonderful vet.

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PJ W.
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Sep 29, 2008

My case was due to economics and circumstances. I live by a feeder/breeder who had a colony in her back yard over 50. At night the dogs would come. No one did anything. The city knew, the "neighborhood assoc." knew, the neighbors knew and all did nothing. I started trapping them for TNR because I could not sit by without doing anyting. New kittens being born constantly. I ended up rescuing some and because I was trying to feed now over 60 cats I had to buy what I could. I took a job working from home but my pay was cut 500.00 a month. I did what I could but it was not enough. When we were almost thru with all of the TNR they started dying. The colony dwindled to 3 and I lost 5 of my rescues. I don't care what you pay for food it should not be poison especially due to greed and I feel it was nothing but greed.
I have researched much and tried lots of things. They will not eat raw and the quality foods close to it tear up their stomachs. I have tried cooking for them and have spent a great deal of money trying to do better by them. A lot of quality foods were poison.
I have tried to buy no food with mentadione (synthetic vitamin K) because it is garbage. They have to have taurine or they will die pure and simple.
Now I am able to get the supposed better quality foods but they are still not safe. We are not safe either as far as that goes. I shop at Whole Foods now. I really cannot afford it but until I can becmoe a vegetarian I will not eat meat that does not come from there.
Sorry this is so long. I guess the simple answer to your question is twofold - budget and ignorance. Even the really garbage commercial foods spend a lot of money telling you it is everything your baby needs. I think they should add "and then some".

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Petrina K.
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Sep 28, 2008

Too be honest, it's a matter of economics. Back in college (late '80s) I fed my cat the 99 cent box of Alley Cat from the local bodega. My cat lived to be 15.

Right now, I try to feed them the better of the lower-cost food. They are eating Purina One Sensitive Systems formula. As a treat, I give them each a small can of Iams.

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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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Anonymous
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Sep 28, 2008

Ummmm, because not everyone can afford it. Alot of people can't even afford to feed themselves properly. Maybe if rich, greedy people would stop indulging themselves so much and perhaps donate some time and money.

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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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