Originally Posted by crazykitties
What is wrong with Purina? I'm sorry, but your PS, kind of makes me feel like since I don't give my cats the most expensive food that I don't care for them as much.
I don't think Trixie meant to make you feel bad, she's just passionate about cat food, like a lot of us are.
The ingredients in Cat Chow just aren't very good. The first five are:
Poultry by product meal - "by products" can be nearly anything, like heads, feet, intestines, etc. And I don't like to see just "poultry", as that means they can't tell me if it's chicken, turkey, etc. I like to see a "named" meat source, not a vague mystery item.
The next five ingredients are corn meal, corn gluten meal, ground whole wheat, and brewer's rice, then soy flour. These are not appropriate for a carnivore, and together they outweight the by product meal listed first.
In some foods there are legitimate reasons for the presence of corn, but there's no need for that much, plus the soy, wheat, etc. Brewer's rice is basically broken shards of rice left over from the milling process. Real rice would be better, but a cat still has little use for rice.
There are some good foods available for reasonable money. You may find that your cats eat less of a better food...I definitely noticed a difference when I got away from cat chow.