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May 23, 2008

Shopping List


Good food? Bad food? Do you know what you are looking for when you shop for a pet food?

Here is a quick list for next time you go to the pet store for your cat or dog.

Note: Most good foods will not be sold in a grocery store or large chain pet store.

Horrible Foods:

9 Lives
Alley Cat
Beneful
Country Value
Dimond
Eukunuba Veterinary Diets
Fancy Feast
Friskies
Good Life Recipie
Kasco
Kit N Kaboodle by Purina
Meow Mix
Nature's Recipe
Science Diet
Star Pro
Whiskas

Bad Foods:

AvoDerm
Back to Basics
Bil-Jac
Canine/Feline Caviar
Eagle Pack
Eukunuba
Hi-Tor
Iams
Innovative Veterinary Diets
Max Cat
Natural Life
Newman's Own Organics
NutriSource
Nutro
Organix
Pet Promise
Precise
Premium Edge
Prism
Pro PAC
Pro Plan
Purina
Purina Veterinary Diets
Royal Canin
Royal Canin Veterinary Diets
Sensible Choice
SPORTMiX
Verus Life Advantage

Ok Pet Foods:

Annamaet
Artemis
Blue
Brandon Farms
By Nature
California Natural
Chicken Soup
Evolve
Felidae/Canidae
Four-Star Nutritionals
Fromm
Go! Natural
Halo
HealthWise
Innova
Lick Your Chops
Lifes Abundance
Natural Balance
Nature's Logic
Now!
PetGuard
Pinical
Prairie
Professional
Solid Gold
Taste of the Wild
Ultramix
Wellness
Wysong

Good Foods (foods pictured):

Before Grain
EVO
Grandma Lucy's
Instinct
Orijen
Raw Meat (Not a brand name)
TimberWolf Organics
ZiwiPeak

Whats a "good" vrs. "ok" vrs. "bad" vrs. "horrible?"

A good food has no harmful preservatives, no by-products and no grains. The first three ingredients must be meat. These are foods to keep your pet on for their lives.

An ok food has non harmful grains, such as barley and rice and/or a few bad preservatives. The first ingredient must be meat. These foods should be changed when you run out. Next time you get a pet food buy a better brand but there is no rush. However to save money in vet bills in the long run its a good idea to switch.

A bad food has corn, wheat and/or soy as an ingredient. It also may have bad preservatives and by-products. Tomorrow on your way home from work stop at the pet store. These foods should be switched out within the next couple days.

A horrible food has no good animal source of protein. It contains by-products, corn, wheat and/or soy as the top ingredient. Get up off the computer and go to the store right now. I mean it. These horrible foods will cause long term kidney damage as well as many other medical problems to your pet.

2 comments:

vivienne said...

Hi!
I'm really concerned about the pet food Ive been using on 2 cats, they are 2 yrs old and weigh 12 and 14 pounds. They are large cats. I've been feeding the Science Diet Lite Hairball control and wet foot, Maxi Cat. They don't get a lot of exercise and I'm worried they will gain weight and become diabetic. What food do you suggest? They love their wet and dry!

blaze88 said...

Well first off lets look at your two foods.

Science diet is 30% protein, 7% fat and 10% fiber. This leaves about 43% non-fiber carbs. That is a lot of carbs for a cat. Most of the protein in the food is actually corn protein,so it acts as carbs (fiber or non) in a cat's body. Hairball control should not be needed if the vitamins and minerals are in the right amounts. This will make your cat shed less. Also try brushing or hairball control treats if its still a problem. Ask your vet for the best type of hairball control treats rather than food.

I couldn't find the nutritional info on maxi cat wet food, but I am assuming like most wet foods its high in fat.

I would suggest getting them off the wet for weight control, but that can be hard. My cats are in love with the stuff too. Its also good because it provides moisture in their diet which cats need.

A good wet with high protein would be
Rabbit Instinct
http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf%5Fid=30240111KT&dept%5Fid=6&brand%5Fid=618&Page=

a good dry would be anything on the list in this post, but for weight loss EVO would be the best. Ask your vet what a good weight would be for your cats, because each cat is different. If they only need to maintain weight than any approved food should be fine.