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.
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 2019.
9Purina Cat Chow Indoor Dry Cat Food
Ingredients Corn Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Soy Flour, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Powdered Cellulose, Animal Liver Flavor, Soybean Hulls, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Parsley Flakes, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Red 40, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite.
First 5 Ingredient Definitions:
Corn Meal: Corn meal is the entire corn kernel, finely ground. While the whole corn kernel is nutritious, corn is considered to be highly allergenic.
Poultry By-Product Meal: Poultry by-products consist of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcasses of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines — exclusive of feathers except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Poultry byproducts are not meat. They can include almost any part of the animal other than meat, including organs and bone which are not suitable for human consumption. This is a low-quality, inconsistent ingredient.
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.
Soy Flour / Soybean Flour: Soy flour is the finely powdered material resulting from the screened and graded product after removal of most of the oil from selected, sound, cleaned and dehulled soybeans by a mechanical or solvent extraction process.
Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols: Animal fat is obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial process of rendering or extracting. Animal fat is a byproduct of meat meal processing. The origin of the contributing animals is never known, and the resulting oil is very low in linoleic acid — an essential fatty acid that is important for skin and coat health.