Cats are obligate carnivores. Meat is the primary source of protein that is a necessity in a feline’s diet. Reading the label is crucial if you want to establish a healthy and balanced diet with your cat. Many low-end cat food brands contain corn fillers, animal by-products, ground wheat and animal fats. Even though many of these ingredients contain adequate carbohydrates, they lack in essential proteins. Cat owners who are fully aware of what they are actually feeding their cat could help with any health related issues later in life. Here are the worst consumer rated dry cat food brands for 2018
10Royal Canin Indoor Adult Dry Cat Food
Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Corn, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat, Chicken Fat, Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavors, Brown Rice, Pea Fiber, Rice Hulls, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Vegetable Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Grain Distillers Dried Yeast, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Psyllium Seed Husk, Salt, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Egg Product, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins [Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source Of Vitamin E), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement], Taurine, Trace Minerals [Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate], L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract, Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid.
First 5 Ingredient Definitions:
Chicken Meal: Chicken meal is the dry rendered (cooked down) product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts of whole carcasses of chicken — exclusive of feathers, heads, feet, or entrails. Chicken meal is considered to be the single best source of protein in commercial pet foods.
Corn: Corn is the entire corn kernel, ground or chopped. Corn products are commonly used in pet foods as a main protein source. Because corn products are lacking in certain amino acids such as methionine, arginine and taurine, they are not as nutritious as high quality meats.
Brewers Rice: Brewer’s rice is the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. Brewer’s rice is a lower quality rice product that is missing many of the nutrients found in ground rice and ground brown rice. (See the descriptions for those ingredients.)
Corn Gluten Meal: Corn gluten meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.
Wheat: High carb cereal plant.