Originally Posted by mom2raven
Would it eat things like the beak or feet/claws or feathers? These things are considered by products right? What about on a mouse?
So my question is, if the first ingredient on a cat food is real meat and then later on it says (for example) chicken by products is that neccesarily bad?
MEAT BY PRODUCTS: The non-rendered clean parts other than the meat derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes but is not limited to lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It DOES NOT include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs.
POULTRY BY PRODUCTS: must consist of clean, non-rendered parts of carcasses of slaughtered poultry such as heads, feet, viscera free from fecal content and foreign matter except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice.
POULTRY BY PRODUCT MEAL: Consists of the ground dry or wet rendered clean parts of the carcasses of slaughtered poultry such as heads, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines exclusive of feathers except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice.
These are the minimums. Many good food companies go above these standards. These parts also contain valuable nutrients that are not found in muscle meat or anywhere else. Cats are carnivores. This is all good stuff for them.
IMO by-products are an important part of a cats diet and I would choose by-products over gluten.