April 20th, 2007
|12:03 pm - Pet Food Solutions|
After reading this excellently documented post about the various problems with Chinese grain in pet food, I'm exceedingly glad that my cat DJ has a wide variety of allergies, to both many meats and most grains. After trying various options, several years ago, we settled on Innova's Evo grain-free cat food by Natura.
Before switching to Evo, we used Bil-Jac cat food, where the only grain is corn, and which we only stopped buying because the only nearby store that sold it moved to the far suburbs. Given that it lists corn and not corn gluten, it's likely safe, but I'm less certain.
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|Date:||April 20th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)|| |
I wanted to comment to this effect on dogemperor
's journal, but it's locked to friends only (the comments, not the post):
References to "corn gluten" and "rice gluten" may be misleading, because neither maize nor rice actually contain any amount of actual gluten, which is found wheat, barley and rye. (Although sometimes "corn" does refer to things like barley, rather than maize, so it could be accurate in that case.) The use of terms such as "corn gluten" and "rice gluten" are simply misnomers based on the similar properties found in the proteins of these grains.
Just something to note as a gluten intolerant person. (^*^)
|Date:||April 20th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)|| |
I never could figure out why carnivores like cats are fed a diet high in grains. In the wild, cats eat the grains which are in the guts of rodents they eat, which is not really that much.
Then we have dry cat foods which contain meat and meat by-products. If I leave a cooked piece of meat on the counter overnight, it rots. But the meat in dry cat food does not rot. Is it all the preservatives? Or are all the proteins denatured to the point where the microbes have no interest?
|Date:||April 20th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)|| |
I never could figure out why carnivores like cats are fed a diet high in grains.
Then we have dry cat foods which contain meat and meat by-products. If I leave a cooked piece of meat on the counter overnight, it rots. But the meat in dry cat food does not rot.
My guess is that it's dried, like beef jerky or suchlike. Most natural dry cat food I've encountered looks very dry indeed. My guess is that it would rot if it got wet.
|Date:||April 21st, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)|| |
Here in New Orleans, there is a lot of humidity. Dry cat food tended to feel soft from dampness in the air.
Thanks for the link about the Chinese grains and thanks for mentioning the grain-free cat food. I think I will try it since four local stores sell it. I refuse to buy anything at PetsMart for my pets anymore and one of my cats doesn't like the natural Pet Guard food we recently got for her. I'd love to make my own raw cat food but I don't have the room to make or store it right now (although when I get a house later this year, I will have a small freezer, so I might try the raw food diet then).
hey, if anybody's interested, i'm primed to proselytize on behalf of the benefits of the raw diet for carnivores.
|Date:||April 21st, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)|| |
I've heard it's a good idea, but the vast convenience of dry out of the bag food that is not all that expensive and is very good indeed definitely wins out for me.
convenience can be really important, and i do spend a lot longer preparing my pets' food and making special trips to acquire the ingredients.
I had no idea of all this, beyond there having been a pet food recall a while back. Wasn't aware it was so widespread, and still ongoing, nor the source of it being Chinese adulterated protein products. It sounds that the brand of vegetarian kibble we feed Yoda hasn't yet been implicated, but this certainly is worrisome. Glad you posted it.