|Originally posted by gert452000
I have been following this discussion and now have some questions. I mentioned earlier that I feed my 5 cats Meow Mix. I know, I know you said this is not a good food. But is it bad? Is it not good only because of the dyes? If I should decide to change foods how do I get them to eat a new food? I did try switching to Purina once and they refused to eat, for days. I gave in and put down their old familiar favorite...Meow Mix. Another time I tried to switch a couple ate the new food and very promptly threw it up. So, is it better to feed a maybe less superior food and have healthy, happy, non throwing up cats or to try and switch? I buy a 20 pound bag of food, for 5 cats only about once every 2 months. The cats all eat out of the same bowls (2) so they pretty much have to eat the same thing. Thanks.
Well, you can buy the healthiest cat food available but if your cats won't eat it - it won't do them any good. I mentioned in another post about what a hard time I had switching my cats off Cat Chow and I found that an extremely slow switch (over about 3wks) helped alot. When a cat has eaten the same food day in and day out for a long period of time its sometimes very hard to get them to accept a new taste which is why a very slow transition may work. If you can switch them that is great....if not, I don't think Meow Mix will kill them - its better than some alternatives. JMO of course.
Here are a few things I don't like about Meow Mix and why:
Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, poultry by-product meal
, wheat flour, beef tallow
preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E) and BHA
, fish meal, ground wheat, brewers rice, mackerel meal, tuna meal,dried cane molasses, sugar
, brewers dried yeast, animal digest
1)Corn gluten meal & soybean meal are plant proteins. High quality animal proteins are better digested and utilized.
* "This protein source is not as digestible as high quality animal protein ingredients, but its protein is often more available than some of the poorer quality animal proteins."
-Canine and Feline Nutrition,Case,Carey, Hirakawa
* "Corn gluten meal is what is left over after the starch, corn syrup, and germ-containing part of the grain have been removed and after the bran has been seperated and removed. In pet foods, its used as a protein source, as a cheap substitute for good meat. Corn provides certain essential amino acids, but nothing like the amounts available in meat."
- Feeding Your Dog For Life, Diane Morgan
* "Animal proteins generally have a more balanced amino acid profile, with a greater proportion of essential amino acids, and better digestibility than plant proteins."
- BSAVA Manual of Companion Animal Nutrition & Feeding
2) Poultry by-product meal may contain heads and feet which would digested and utilized as well as muscle meat and organs would be.
* " Because of the inclusion of heads and feet, poultry by-product meal may be lower in nutritional value than fresh poultry meal."
- Canine and Feline Nutrition,Case,Carey, Hirakawa
* "Feet and beaks ,as you may imagine, though full of protein, are low in nutritional value."
- Feeding Your Dog For Life, Diane Morgan
* " Proteins of muscle and glandular organs rank high, legume proteins, intermediate to good, and other vegetable proteins, good to poor in nutritive value. Some animal products, such as skin, tendons and gullets, contribute less to protein quality than do muscle and organ tissues."
- Gaines Basic Guide To Canine Nutrition
* "Most cats can actually only digest and metabolize between 60 and 75 percent of the meat they eat. To make matters worse, many of the meat by-products are not as easily metabolized and much of it is wasted."
- The Consumer's Guide To Cat Food, Liz Palika
3)Beef tallow is low in linoleic acid and has a low digestibility.
* " Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid required by all animals. It is the main unsaturated fatty acid in most vegetable oils and makes up 15-25% of poultry and pork fat but less than 5% of beef tallow. Essential fatty acid deficiency occurs most commonly in dogs receiving low-fat dry dog foods containing beef tallow."
- Small Animal Clinical Nutrition III, Lewis,Morris,Hand
4)BHA is a chemical preservative that has been thought to cause health problems in some animals....this is still a controversial issue and I have not read enough into yet it but as a precaution I avoid it.
5)Dried cane molasses, sugar? What the heck are these doing in cat food? Sugar provides empty calories which is a good way to make an animal or person fat without meeting their nutritional needs. Sugar is what would be considered a "filler".
Hope you found this helpful