Thanks for answering!
|I believe that the reason is because it doesn't have any Taurine (an essential amino acid necessary for cats) in it. A diet deficient in Taurine can lead to blindness and cardiomyopathy in cats.
Here's a great link that explains why cats need Taurine in their diet.
The thing is, taurine is found in meat. In fact, IIRC, it's the reason we're encouraged not to overdo it with feeding fish - because there's no taurine in fish, and cats need taurine. But mammals produce taurine, and mammals, of course, are the meat that cats eat, even in the wild.
I'm really a bit confused by this, because I don't understand why Evo's almost-all-meat product is considered nutritionally-complete, but Before Grains calls itself a supplementary food even though its sole ingredient is actually exactly the kind of food that's most natural for cats (if you stick to the beef, turkey, quail, and chicken). Do they do something in processing that removes nutrients?
I'm somehow less surprised about Fancy Feast not being a complete food because I associate them with outrageously expensive kitty junk food anyway, although the same question really does apply considering they say this particular food has no by-products. But I'm very curious - and confused - why the Before Grains cautions that it should only be used as a supplement. And it also makes me concerned that my roadmap of feeding them canned alternated with regular meat (the same meat we eat), plainly prepared and shredded, might not be good for them.
I tried starting them on raw but they wanted nothing to do with it. They were willing to compromise on just-barely-cooked meat, usually chicken or turkey breast, which I make before I cook ours, just a quick sautee without seasonings, with a little homemade broth. It seemed like a no-brainer that pure meat alternated with quality canned foods (Wellness, Merrick, Weruva) would be a healthy diet for them. But now I don't know if this is even the right thing to do.