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Worst Pet Food Ingredients — 13 Comments

  1. The best way to read ingredients is online, before going to the store. Knowing ahead makes all the difference! Who wouldn’t be frustrated trying to read the tiny print on labels in the store.

    If you’re feeding something you’re not sure is safe, check the ingredients online, then against the “worst ingredient list”. If you want to try a new food, check out 3 or 4 that seem high quality, and do the same proceedure. Yes, it takes time, maybe even a half hour, but again this may mean having more time with your precious cat, rather than killing them unconsciously with harmful ingredients.

    I recently tried a new cat food called Pure Balance with “limited ingredients”. It looked pretty good, but there was no indication of where it was made or who made it.
    I got a couple of containers (plastic tubs). My cat didn’t seem to want it, but I put some dry food on top, and she ate some of it. I put the rest out for the ferals, and although it had been moved around, it was left uneaten! I called Walmart and found out it’s made by Simmons in Arkansas. After researching that company I realized they
    might not be trustworthy. I should have known that Walmart wouldn’t really offer a quality pet food. They still sell Ol Roy, after many recalls.

  2. Michael,

    Thank you for posting this list. I really hope that pet guardians really take a look, and discover the “difficult truth” of the crap we’re feeding our precious pets.

    • Thanks Sandra. I hope cat owners learn to read ingredients. Like many others I tend to be lazy about reading ingredients on the package but it is worth it. Once you get used to it, it is easier.

  3. Goodness this is horrific on two counts. Firstly the fact that all these ghastly ingredients are actually used and secondly the amount, not ten or twenty but 167!!!!!! Possibly even more we don’t even know about.
    Unfortunately and understandably it’s very difficult for most people to afford the purer and less easily available ‘higher-end’ cat or dog foods. (Which generally contain very few of these nasties)
    Thank you for compiling this list as it’s something I’m particularly interested in. I’m a great advocate of raw meat and bone diets for animals so this compounds it further for me. I just cannot get my furry friend to entertain eating anything relatively healthy. She’s into junk through and through due to her previous owners feeding her ‘supermarket’ stocked brands and at 10 and a half years old it’s terribly difficult to adjust her to anything else. Humph

    • Suzy,
      I don’t know if you’ve tried the trick of putting a little “junk” food on top of the good stuff. It seems to work most of the time with my cat. Dry food is addictive, so if that’s what your animal is used to, some can be put on top of the wet food.

      It takes some time and patience to transition from addictive junk food, but it can be done. I’d take it in steps before getting to raw. You may never get there, but at least you can begin the transition to healthier foods with this little trick.

        • The “preference” for bad food is because it’s “ADDICTIVE” from unhealthy additions/sprays of “animal digest” (rendered non-descriptive animal tissues) which are very appealing.

          I’ve been transitioning my cat from dried foods to wet and raw, but I had a little
          dry kibble that I had used to “top” the good foods. As soon as she heard the container open, she ran to it.

    • I’m a great advocate of raw meat and bone diets for animals so this compounds it further for me.

      I am too but at the moment don’t prepare it. However, I do read packaging. I have learned to. It is very easy to become a lazy and accepting of pet food.

      At least when a cat guardian makes the food they know what has gone into it.

      • I don’t think I could forgive myself if I continued to feed unhealthy foods once I had the information on how to read labels. I could be shortening my cat’s life, or otherwise putting her in a good position for illness and disease.

        We really only need to find a few high quality foods that we can trust. And, usually the higher the quality, the less fillers, and the less our cats need to eat.

  4. It seems they use everything except good nutritious food. I don`t see any justification for certain high price brands to be thought of a high quality, and superior to cheap brands. They all have the same serious problems of high carbohydrate, high plant protein, and low or non-existent high quality meat or fowl content. I know of only one exception.

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