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.
8Purina Kit & Kaboodle Original Dry Cat Food
Ingredients: Ground Yellow Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Chicken By-Product Meal, Animal Liver Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Salt, Choline Chloride, Turkey By-Product Meal, Ocean Fish Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Red 40, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Yellow 5, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Blue 2, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite, Biotin.
First 5 Ingredient Definitions:
Ground Yellow Corn: Ground 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.
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.
Soybean Meal: The product obtained by grinding the flakes which remain after removal of most of the oil from soybeans by a solvent or mechanical extraction process.Soybean meal is a poor quality protein filler. The “Crude Protein” analysis on pet food labels is only a measurement of the amount of nitrogen in a food — not the quality of the protein. Because of this, pet food companies can use the cheaper by-products of human food production, such as soybean meal, to boost protein numbers.
Meat and Bone Meal: Meat Meal or Meat & Bone Meal is the rendered product from mammal tissues, with or without bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Most people associate this ingredient with beef. The truth is that it can come from any mammal: pigs, goats, horses, rabbits, rendered animals from shelters, and dead animals found on roads. Meat meal can contain condemned parts and animals that are rejected for human consumption, including ‘4D’ animals: dead, diseased, dying, or disabled. It can include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue.
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.