Originally Posted by beandip
While I agree with you on the issue of grains not being part of a cat's natural diet...I think we need to remain calm and look at the facts. There are a lot of people who feed dry food (I'm not one of them) ...and the last thing they need is to be panicking about "all" dry foods.
I'm not trying to panic people, beandip, but facts are facts. I'd already given up on dry food years ago because its nutritional value was suspect (at best). Now on top of that, we're apparently seeing contaminated grains enter the pet food system. Again, I don't want to panic people, but I think it's prudent to be more than a little concerned at this point regarding grain-based pet foods. My advice, based on what little we know at this point, is to avoid them if we can, and to avoid "wet" foods that contain grains - especially processed grains - too. It was (supposedly) wheat gluten this time, but there's no reason to assume that other grains and legumes - including corn, corn gluten, oats, oat bran and soybeans - couldn't be contaminated with the same . . . or worse.
Of course, it could turn out the problems were due to contaminated meat - it sounds like the FDA and other investigators don't have a great handle on the situation at the moment. But based on what we know at the moment, grains are the most suspect, and since they aren't a natural part of a cat's diet anyhow, I think this is just another reason to switch to foods which aren't grain (or legume) based.
I'd also recommend organic brands, or brands which use meat which is fit for human consumption. It's my understanding that the meat byproducts and meal used in many foods - especially dry foods - are not fit for human consumption, and frequently come from animals who died prior to reaching the slaughterhouse. Who knows why those animals died. Maybe they ate some poison grain, too . . .