For those of you with pets, this article may be of interest to you: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1
It’s quite lengthy so I’m assuming only a few of you will wade through it. Also it pertains to the U.S. I’m sure that other countries have their own regulations and pet food issues. However, having said that, I found it to be an extremely comprehensive article on our pet food industry. It’s quite an eye opener.
I, personally, froth at the mouth every time I see Purina’s advertisement stating something along the lines of “contains fresh whole grains and organic vegetables for your cats.” I’ve thrown in the towel and feed and recommend several brands of food with by-products, but the article is probably correct in that the quality of meat by-products in pet foods is an unknown. I keep commercial food to a minimum in my house and make may own food which helps compensate, however having said that, a grain free, veggie free canned food with bi-products is going to be better for your kitty than any dry food. Have I said that before? How many times? NO DON’T TELL ME! I’m sure you are tired of hearing it by now. The list of health issues in cats strongly linked to the rise in the multi-million dollar pet food industry is legend in my opinion. Digestive issues tops the list and is one of my personal ‘pet’ peeves, then there are kidney issues, urinary tract problems, obesity…
The above article does have a link that takes you to some sample diets you can prepare yourself. Although I do this and do recommend it. I take exception to how complicated they make it. I’ve personally heard hair raising statements from people who think maybe they should feed their cats a “natural” diet by making their own food but really are not into doing it right. It’s obvious to me that they haven’t quite gotten their mind around the program. “Can I just feed them ground hamburger?” “I’m feeding him cheese, eggs, and a little canned food.”
Okay *stopping self right there!* The point is you cannot go off half-cocked on this home-prepared diet thing.
Keep it simple and/or feed a meat based canned diet (with by-products if necessary) – most recipes for home prepared cat foods are way too complicated or they are really made for dogs and adapted. Cats do not need vegetables.
I hate to see people chasing the PR hype from the pet food industries — all natural, organic, 100% meat, fresh greens, cranberrys for urinary health, sensitive stomach formula, weight loss diets — and on and on. I’ve been there and done that. In the end you don’t know what you have or what you’ve accomplished.
If you might be interested in preparing your own cat food, check out www.catnutrition.org