When buying cat food you may be overwhelmed by all the choices you have. Most people opt for the cheapest or the well-known “healthy” brands. Much like human food, looking at the ingredients list should be the determining factor when choosing your cat’s food. You will come to find that there is a lot of crap foods out there hidden behind playful labels and lies. That is right… LIES!
Here are a few well-known brands that should be avoided.
(They are filled with by-products, corn, soy, and synthetic vitamins.)
- Purina (All dry and canned formulas)
- Hills (Most dry and all canned formulas)
- 9 Lives (Avoid it all! It is the McDonald’s of cat food)
- Meow Mix (Loaded with corn, very, very bad)
- Ami Cat Vegan (A vegan diet for a cat = abuse!)
The Goodlife Recipe (Avoid them all)*Changed formula is safer now!
- Iams (High amounts of fillers)
When shopping for food for your cat (and yourself even), ALWAYS read labels. You will want to avoid certain ingredients that can do harm to your cat. Most people are not aware that almost 50% of the feline population is allergic to corn. This will lead to diabetes, obesity, pancreas illnesses, kidney and liver malfunctions, tumor growth, and yes – even cancer. Cats simply should not be eating corn, period.
Here are ingredients to look out for when shopping…
Wheat flour – A pointless filler that is the leading cause of allergies in dogs. Offers no nutritional value.
Corn – Avoid all corn substances (oil, starch, meal, ect). Most corn is GMO and very bad for cats, as well as other animals (including us!).
Food Fragments – A fancy word for left over crap that can be just about anything (literally).
Soy – Cats are not designed to metabolism soy. Avoid any and all soy products.
Meat Meal – When you see this on a label, think of a zombie’s meal, plus bones. Avoid it!
Meat By-Products – By-products of any kind is a term used for ears, eyes, tongues, feet, bones, brains, ect. How gross.
Brewer’s Rice + Rice – Most rice (unless non-GMO) contains arsenic. Bad for us. Bad for cats.
Beef Tallow – It is used as a flavor enhancer. Very, very low quality crap.
Animal Digest – Another flavor enhancer that is made from 4-D animals (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying).
Animal Fat – The fat could have came from anywhere and can cause pancreatitis (which almost killed my cat, Twiggy).
Animal Plasma – Yup, its blood. It’s not the good kind either.
Yeast – Most forms of yeast is toxic to cats and dogs. They can’t properly digest it.
Propylene Glycol – This is used in antifreeze solutions. I don’t even have to say why this is bad.
TBHQ (Tert-butylhydroquinone) – A very toxic preservative much like BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, ethoxyquin and so one – which should ALL be avoided.
Hydrochloric Acid – Also used in chlorides, fertilizers, and dyes, this nasty stuff is what the name implies; Acid.
Meneadione Sodium Bisulfite – A fancy word for fake vitamin K. It should NEVER be consumed long-term. Effects the cells by mutating them. Not good people.
A-Tocopherol Acetate – Known to cause tumor formation in high doses.
Beet Pulp – Crappy sugar filler; It feeds arthritis and causes weight gain. Any kind of “beet” should be avoided.
Benzoic Acid – Used to prevent mold, bacteria and yeast, this chemical is used to manufacture plastic. Not good to the digestive track of a feline.
Bone Phosphate – May contain lead and other heavy metals.
Broth – Contains hidden MSG sources known as excitotoxins. (Also avoid Carrageenan)
Canola Oil – Not good for humans. Not good for cats. Very synthetic oil that contains soy.
Calcium Carbonate – Used commonly as an antacid, daily consumption can be hazardous. Also used in pencils, matches, crayons and linoleum. Yummy.
Calcium (anything) – should be avoided as a safe measure.
Caramel Color – Yeah that crap they put in dark soda that takes paint off cars… That stuff. AVOID IT!
Celery – Celery can cause fluid retention, leading to respiratory problems.
Chloride Dioxide – It is a pesticide chemical and used in deodorizers.
Citric Acid – Causes damage to the teeth and gums.
Cobalt Carbonate – Known carcinogen, mutagen and CMR.
Copper (Anything) – Synthetic mineral in pet foods.
Dried Cellulose – Can contain peanut shells and/or cardboard.
Dried Whey – Cheap protein source from cow’s milk.
Egg Product – Egg waste (garbage) from egg companies.
Hops – A cat or dog should NEVER consume this. It damages the liver more severely in them than humans.
Natural Chicken Flavor – Nasty MSG agent.
Onion Extract or Onion Powder – Onions can be very toxic to cats and dogs alike.
Petrolatum – Yeah, I wouldn’t feed your cat Vaseline if I were you.
Liver (anything) – This can be just about any kind of meat source.
Malt Syrup – High amounts of glucose, maltose, and corn syrup.
Salmon, Salmon oils, Herring – May contain high amounts of mercury.
Vegetable Oil – If the source vegetable is unknown, avoid it.
Xanthan Gum – Used from corn, wheat, dairy and/or soy.
The worst of the worst and the ones that should be avoided entirely include :
- Corn, Corn Meal, or Corn Gluten Meal
- Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp, Rice Hulls
- Animal Fat
- Meat Meal, Bone Meal
- Chemical Preservatives: BHA, BHT, Propyl Gallate, Ethoxyquin, Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate and TBHQ
Here are some cat food brands known to have very minimal to no junk in them.
(When looking at the ingredients on the food, the first 5 are the most important)
- Nature’s Variety
- Blue Buffalo
Always check the ingredient lists, even on the brands recommended above. You would be surprised how they change depending on the flavor. It is also important to remember that cats get a good portion of their liquids from their food source. Feeding a cat only dry is just asking for trouble. You can do a 50/50 diet of canned and dry food. This will save you money and be healthy for your cat. If you can afford it, however, all wet/canned food is the best option.
If you have a picky eater (like I do) who needs a special grain free diet, I recommend Wellness Pouches. They are loaded with juices and the meat in them is human grade. My picky cat eats every pouch. He also enjoys the b.f.f. brand cat