I hope I have never made anyone feel uncomfortable regarding their choices as a pet parent (unless it's an informed choice to declaw then I hope you're more uncomfortable than your cat).
All I hope for is that all pet owners take some time to be informed and think for themselves, rather than believe what the pet food companies tell you. When a Maybelline commercial for the best new mascara comes on, you think about it. But for some reason many pet owners just believe the pet food companies, and they are mostly in it for the money. There are some smaller companies that I think really do have the pets in mind as much as the profit, but not all.
Take for instance the latest Purina Benefuls (dog food but still illustrates my point) ads. These are a big pet peeve for me. They say and this is from the website -
"Moist, chewy chunks made with real beef are rich in protein to help build strong muscles. Contains vegetables with Vitamin A and other important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients."
Now then, look at the ingredients list, remembering that everything after the first fat is in small small amounts.
Ground yellow corn, chicken-by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E)
, rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium carbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, zinc sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite"
I put the fat in bold - the ingredients before it are the main ingredients - as you can see, no beef, no vegetables. Is this food what you would expect from the claims made in the ads?
All I hope is that pet owners will think for themselves and force the pet food industry to take greater responsibility for what they say and maybe even match their claims to their ingredients. As you can see, there is little beef or vegetables in the food, despite the fact that it is called a beef and vegetable food! It also contains animal digest which is, 4-D animals including euthanized pets. Sorry, I know no one wants to hear it, but ignoring it doesn't make it go away.
Here are some links on pet food labels for those of you who want to learn how to pick a food based on your own decisions:http://home.hawaii.rr.com/wolfepack/foodcht1.html
Understanding dog food labels etc. but principles apply to cat food as well. Lots of info here, a little hard to navigate but worth it.http://www.reigningcats.net/catfood.htm
On cat food, takes a minute to loadhttp://claw.org/member/cc/cc5/cc527_1.shtml
Info from the USFDA on pet food labelshttp://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB...00/PR00173.htm
World Small Animal Veterinary Association on pet food labelshttp://www.fuzzyfaces.com/lfood2.html
Pet foods - labels, 4-D "meats", chemicals etchttp://www.fuzzyfaces.com/lfood1.html
Fuzzy Faces' related linkshttp://www.cyberark.com/animal/Comme...d_Cat_Food.htm
What's really in Pet Food - the infamous API article