[quote=NavDoc][quote=Sailfish] some of us are killing the cats we love by feeding them foods high in protien drerived from corn.
I have been told that corn is a carbohydrate, not protein based. I have been looking for a high protein-low carb diet for George. Vet and others stated that carbs com from corn, rice, etc. Protein is from chicken salmon, etc.
Look at the nutrition label on a package of frozen corn. It contains carbohydrate but also a significant amount of protein - just like all other grains (wheat, rice, etc).
This is protein that humans can utilize very well. Cats, on the other hand, are obligate carnivores and cannot utilize the protein in grain efficiently.
However, according to feed control standards, protein is protein and corn protein counts just the same as chicken protein in determining whether a cat food meets government standards for adequate protein content.
Any food that lists "corn gluten" indicates that the product uses corn as a primary protein source. This is a big red flag.
I personally am a huge fan of raw but also totally support premium canned and dry foods as long as dry food comprises no more than 50% of the diet. Commercial cat foods, even the best foods, are sort of like drinking a vitamin and protein shake instead of eating a meal of healthful foods. The nutrition may be there, but it's not "real" food and there are benefits that you won't get.