Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grain-Free Kitty

Since we changed our diet, we became concerned about our cat's diet. If we switched to organic, why shouldn't our cat? Our cat appeared a little constipated the other day and we were running low on our wheatgrass supply, so we decided to do some research. The ingredients in organic cat food in comparison to the cat food we had been giving her forced us to change her diet. It basically came down to plant-based (whole grain) cat food vs animal based (meats and organs) cat food. Below is what we discovered when we compared our old cat food to the new organic cat food we now feed her. The key ingredients are in bold print.

Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Optimal Care™ Original Dry Cat Food:
Ingredients: Chicken By-Product Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Brewers Rice Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, Iodized Salt, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Chicken Meal Formula Dry Cat Food:
Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Tapioca, Salmon Meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Pumpkinseeds, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Carotene, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide), Sea Salt, Dried Kelp, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Direct-Fed Microorganisms (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Yeast Culture, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract), Inulin, Flaxseed Oil, Mixed Tocopherols with Citric Acid (a natural preservative), Rosemary Extract, Apples, Chicken Eggs, Cottage Cheese, Cranberries, Freeze Dried Chicken, Freeze Dried Turkey, Freeze Dried Turkey Liver, Freeze Dried Turkey Heart, Ground Chicken Bone, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Olive Oil, Duck Eggs, Pheasant Eggs, Quail Eggs, Rosemary, Sage, Clove.

A by-product is a secondary product derived from a manufacturing process or chemical reaction. Whole grain corn is plant-based proteins that do not contain the full complement of the amino acids required by an obligate carnivore. Your cat was built to get his/her nutritional needs by the consumption of a large amount of animal-based proteins (meat/organs) which Science Diet is unable to provide. We are going to continue researching about cat food since we are still feeding her dry food. She refuses to eat wet food, but we feel better knowing she is getting her proper nutrition and drinking plenty of water. If you have any information on healthier cat food, please let us know.
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