Originally Posted by sharky
HEADS feet and the other items that are in by products on a dry or canned food label ARE NOT excellent nutrition.... If it were a wet food and just organs I 10000% agree with you
corn can actually help constipated animals ... just a FYI ...
With so many people having success with this food I just don't understand why people are so hateful towards a food that seems to work because of by-products. I find it ironic that many top show breeders use this food and Veeshan Granded after being fed this food. I am sure judges noticed her improved coat as did I. Here is a quote I received from Eukanuba about their by-products
"chicken by-product meal may include stuff that people have a cultural aversion to eating; but that doesn't make it a bad source of protein. It is an excellent and complete source of protein because it provides each of the amino acids that are essential to good nutrition for dogs and cats.
Not every chicken by-product meal is as good as ours. Our chicken by-product meal is muscle and internal organs (including intestines) that have been cleaned, dried, cooked, and ground. By industry definition, chicken by-product meal can contain the feet of the chicken â€“ but thatâ€™s not an acceptable source of protein for us, so our suppliers make every effort to keep the feet out of our chicken by-product meal.
In addition to the superior quality specifications we set for our suppliers, we take additional steps to ensure our chicken by-product meal is the best. We put it through a proprietary screening process to further improve its protein quality. This quality assurance process costs more, but it is part of what makes our chicken by-product meal different.
If you look at how wolves and lions eat in the wild, one of the first things they eat after they've killed their supper is the underbelly of the animal. We may think it's gross to eat intestines, but these ancestors of the dog and cat relish that part of their dinner."
And from my notes
*Good quality* digestible, by-products are a very definite high quality protein. Poultry by-product meal is 58.7% high quality, complete protein (as fed) And 62.8% protein on a dry basis. . Gluten is also in the 60's for protein. Which would you rather have in cat food?
By-products include the internal organs, lungs, spleen, blood and bone. They do not include hair, horns, teeth, hoofs, or feathers except trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice.
Feet(not in Eukanuba as stated above), heads and undeveloped eggs of poultry are included. These parts also contain valuable nutrients. Cats are carnivores. This is all good stuff for them. High quality by-products are loaded with nourishment.
Eukanuba and Iams still do not use gluten in their dry products. Taurine is still very high in these foods without any extra added. This means there is real meat in the product. And proves their by-products are high quality imo. It means that the protein listed is primarily from meat and not gluten or soy.
Meat is high in all the Eukanuba products, because they do not add Taurine or gluten to any of them, and still get a respectable .16% taurine in the Eukanuba products and 34-36% protein.
And there is corn in the Eukanuba Hairball formula. I don't partically like that but corn does seem to have some benefits.