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post #1 of 17
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I am posting this because I have seen many people liking the ingrediants in meow mix pouches,,, and many replies of fish allergies ready to try them... dont be fooled by the name,

Meow mix is very misleading in my opinion.... my kitten has a fish allergy which makes him have very bad diareaha, I learned to read lables the hard way...

Meow Mix pouches, all first ingrediants are Tuna and fish broth, and fish liver... then somewhere down the line are usually what the flavor says...

example...

Cluck a doodle doo.... Ingredients


Tuna, Fish Broth, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Giblets (Poultry Liver and Heart), Wheat Gluten, Dried Egg, Food Starch Modified, Natural Flavor, Cane Sugar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement), Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodide, Sodium Selenite), Sodium Nitrite (To Promote Color Retention

Gobblicious -

Tuna, Fish Broth, Tuna By-Product, Turkey, Giblets (Poultry Liver and Heart), Food Starch Modified, Vegetable Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Cane Sugar, Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate), Sodium Nitrite (To Promote Color Retention).


And so on.. all the wet pouches are like this... so if you have a cat with a fish allergy... dont be fooled. I learned the hard way.
post #2 of 17
Yeah, I noticed that too. It's fine if you read ingredients and know what your cat is allergic to etc. The good thing is that most ppl who have cats w/ food allergies read labels anyways (and probably don't purchase meow mix)
post #3 of 17
It's a lesson to read labels.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have 2 cats, and this new kitten is the first time I have ever heard of a CAT having a FISH allergy... LOL i thought they were kidding !!!!!
post #5 of 17
Fish is actually one of the top three or four cat food allergies...

Glad you are reading the labels ..
post #6 of 17
Our cats won't eat anything with fish in it - they just don't like it.
post #7 of 17
My cat has a bad protein allergy, and fish is the only thing he can eat it seems without being itchy. I like the meowmix because he can eat it without scratching his ears and chin into a bloody mess. He's been on duck, buffalo, pheasant, rabbit, different raw foods, duck & pea foods, venison, you name it, we've tried it. Meowmix is all he can eat. The ingredients are great even though it's mostly fish. I feed Upstream Dream, Cluck a doodle doo, and Hook Line and Sinker.

The whole by-product thing doesn't really bother me [although it's not in every pouch] because if he were in the wild he would eat a mouse whole, thus getting by-products, if he were eating a fish it would probably be whole, so I'm not really bothered by labeled by products. By product meal is what I have issues with [and meat meal].

I also read the label of all the foods I look at. I'm always hoping for something new to try with him. WHen you have a cat with food allergies, you can't afford not to read the ingredients.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Plebayo

The whole by-product thing doesn't really bother me [although it's not in every pouch] because if he were in the wild he would eat a mouse whole, thus getting by-products, if he were eating a fish it would probably be whole, so I'm not really bothered by labeled by products. By product meal is what I have issues with [and meat meal].

I also read the label of all the foods I look at. I'm always hoping for something new to try with him. WHen you have a cat with food allergies, you can't afford not to read the ingredients.
My understanding is that product meal is simply dehydrated meat and not a bad thing but that by-products could be anything including beak, feathers, etc. so I'd prefer to see chicken meal rather than chicken by-products.
post #9 of 17
My cat has a fish allergy, too (gives her bladder infections ), and I, too, was dissapointed to read the labels on the Meow Mix packages . Just thought you'd like to know, you're not alone! And good job on the heads up!
post #10 of 17
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My understanding is that product meal is simply dehydrated meat and not a bad thing but that by-products could be anything including beak, feathers, etc. so I'd prefer to see chicken meal rather than chicken by-products
Okay I guess I have to change what I said, reading the AAFCO's definitions, by-products don't bother me at all. Also here's something I found:

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It's not meat, but the organ matter from the chicken, the guts, liver, heart, brains, intestines, stomach etc. I think this is a human thing, because those organs are always the first to be eaten by wild canids, wild felines, and pretty much any other. They don't go for the 'meaty haunch', they go for the gut and pull out all that gooey stuff and eat it.

Meat byproducts in dog food by law do not include hair, horn, teeth or hooves, feathers or manure. It does include organs, including the lungs, spleen, intestines, brains, kidneys and liver, and in the case of chicken byproducts will include the head and feet. About 50 percent of a slaughtered cow will not go for human use, most of this leftover goes into the pet food industry, not because it's unhealthy. How many of us rush out to the grocery store to eat a daily meal with tripe (stomach), chitlins (intestines), and scrambled brains? Believe it or not, while organ meats are gross to think of eating to humans, they are also extremely high in natural vitamins and minerals.
Curtesy of www.woodhavenlabs.com
post #11 of 17
And don't forget that fish isn't a natural source of food for cats, so don't be surprised that a cat doesn't like it or has allergies - fish has never been part of a cats diet.

How many cats have you seen in the water paddling around looking for fish?
post #12 of 17
I was curious so I looked up the ingredients for the Nutro pouches and even the ones that were not "fish" had herring meal in them, I'm assuming that that is fish also? granted its not in the first few ingredients, but it is still there, so there's another reason to read labels carefully
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Originally Posted by Plebayo
My cat has a bad protein allergy, and fish is the only thing he can eat it seems without being itchy. I like the meowmix because he can eat it without scratching his ears and chin into a bloody mess. He's been on duck, buffalo, pheasant, rabbit, different raw foods, duck & pea foods, venison, you name it, we've tried it. Meowmix is all he can eat. The ingredients are great even though it's mostly fish. I feed Upstream Dream, Cluck a doodle doo, and Hook Line and Sinker.
have you tried the Maine Attraction? lobster and shrimp in that one Bon Appetit! My cats' favorites seem to be the Filet Meow and Upstream Dream, NONE of them will touch the On a Wing and a Prawn, which I thought was weird
post #13 of 17
I tried Meow Mix with Chessy once and it made him very stinky. Nothing else has done that and I've tried a lot of different brands.
post #14 of 17
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have you tried the Maine Attraction? lobster and shrimp in that one Bon Appetit! My cats' favorites seem to be the Filet Meow and Upstream Dream, NONE of them will touch the On a Wing and a Prawn, which I thought was weird
I don't think they carry that here, what other ingredients does it have though? I'm wary of putting him on things with too much chicken/beef/etc because of his allergies.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Plebayo
Okay I guess I have to change what I said, reading the AAFCO's definitions, by-products don't bother me at all.
by-products don't bother me like digest does...chicken digest, animal digest, etc - that stuff sounds horrendous!
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Plebayo
My cat has a bad protein allergy, and fish is the only thing he can eat it seems without being itchy. I like the meowmix because he can eat it without scratching his ears and chin into a bloody mess. He's been on duck, buffalo, pheasant, rabbit, different raw foods, duck & pea foods, venison, you name it, we've tried it. Meowmix is all he can eat. The ingredients are great even though it's mostly fish. I feed Upstream Dream, Cluck a doodle doo, and Hook Line and Sinker.

The whole by-product thing doesn't really bother me [although it's not in every pouch] because if he were in the wild he would eat a mouse whole, thus getting by-products, if he were eating a fish it would probably be whole, so I'm not really bothered by labeled by products. By product meal is what I have issues with [and meat meal].

I also read the label of all the foods I look at. I'm always hoping for something new to try with him. WHen you have a cat with food allergies, you can't afford not to read the ingredients.
I'm really relieved to hear that you've found something he can eat! And, oddly enough, some cats with food allergies do much better on a fish diet, while others can't eat fish at all. If it works for you, why not?
post #17 of 17
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I'm really relieved to hear that you've found something he can eat! And, oddly enough, some cats with food allergies do much better on a fish diet, while others can't eat fish at all. If it works for you, why not?
Yeah, the vet thinks it's because it's kind of a different protein [fish obviously isn't the same as red meat.] As horrible as it sounds, it's kind of nice because Meowmix pouches are relatively cheap compared to the different diets I have tried with him. We'll just have to see how it goes, I would love to feed him something better, and I wish there was a dry he could have [so he could have some snacks in between meals]. I'm honestly just happy he can eat something without scratching himself to death. His whiskers have finally grown all the way back in, and his chin is covered in fur
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