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post #31 of 37
jcat: I think if you just look at this easily understood definetion of the word, and think back to the list of ingredients and the specially the claims of human grade foods, it will click for you.

ho·lis·tic ( P ) Pronunciation Key (h-lstk)
Of or relating to holism.

Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.
Concerned with wholes rather than analysis or separation into parts: holistic medicine; holistic ecology.
post #32 of 37
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In case anyone's interested, I found this info. at http://cats.about.com/library/weekly/aa101401a.htm.

What to avoid (when choosing a cat food brand)

1. Words such as "By-products," "meat and/or bone meal," "animal digest," most other descriptions including "digest" or "meal" and added sugars.

2. ³Chemical preservatives, including BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, and propyl gallate

3. Corn meal as a filler

4. Excess of carbohydrate "fillers" (Dry food can contain as much as 50 percent grain

A number of people on this forum purchase a brand that contains "meal" and not specifically meat. Just thought you might like to have this info., although I don't think it suddenly makes the food you serve your cats null and void. We feed the very best that we can. Amen.

post #33 of 37
And what is their proof that meal is bad? Where is their research?
While I agree with the others I don't agree on everything with the word meal being bad.

At any rate, if you want to find a food that doesn't have by-products or something with the word "meal" in it, your not really left with anything now adays! lol

I don't know how old that article is, but years back most people were under the believe that "meal" was bad, but recent studies have shown it has no harmful effects or substancies, and only really advantages, such as what we previously discussed on this thread.
I remember reading several articles actually making that same claim, until recently I have switched my mind with the recent findings showing that "meal" is supposidly better.
post #34 of 37
Maybe I'm a bit slow, but I still don't understand how feeding my cat "holistic cat food" is going to affect his psyche. Mind you, I give it to him if he likes it, but that is because of the ingredients.
He also likes Friskies Premium or Fancy Feast, but I don't trust them, and therefore he only gets them occasionally. If I trusted his instincts, he'd be eating tuna fish every day!
post #35 of 37
jcat: I don't know how much you know about humans and their nutritional requiments. But I USED to be a real health buff, and done a lot of more recent studies for my daughter.
But the therory (one proven time and time again) is that the closer you get to these requierments, the healthier you eat, the better you will feel, physically and mentally, just as we have certain foods that have vitamins and minereals in them every day that help us with our memory, concentration, energy, and over all happiness.

I feel it's possible that certain foods in certain amounts and of a certain grade can have the same effect on an animal.

Tell me, which one do you feel better after, a nice salad, some yogurt and juice, or a greased down pizza, with a side of beer! LOL.
That above is kinda like a comparison to Solid Gold and Meow Mix.

I hope that made sense for you!
post #36 of 37
Aha! Now I get it. Thanks for the explanation.
post #37 of 37
I feed Royal Canin Babycat34.
Why? Because Fluffy is still very young. I wil switch him to Royal Canin Kitten in about 8 weeks. Price..i think 21.00 for a 3.5 LB bag. $$but worth it.
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