CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAT FOOD

As carnivorous mammals, cats need special diets to maintain the health of all of their body systems. Many cat foods on the market today use cheap fillers such as grains and animal byproducts, and unnecessary additives like food dyes and harsh preservatives. If you want your Maine Coon to live a long and healthy life, look for cat food varieties that provide sufficient calories, vitamins, and minerals without all of the commercial garbage.

Avoid cat foods with:

  • Grains and grain meals. Corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans are common ingredients that cats otherwise wouldn’t eat in the wild. Cats only produce pancreatic amylase sufficient for digesting whatever their most recent prey would have eaten.
  • Gluten. It’s a cheap alternative to meat that’s used to boost the protein content on the label.
  • Animal byproducts. “Fat, bone, lips, snouts, ears, and edible organs” of livestock carcasses from farms, feedlots, and ranches which are processed in rendering plants.1 Exactly how healthy do you think the fat and organs of feedlot animals are?
  • Food dye and coloring. Your cat doesn’t care what color the food is. Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are most common and are linked to allergic reactions, behavioral problems, cancer, and reproductive stress.
  • Fish meal. Commonly contains ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative. Until we know for sure, limit consumption of fish meal products.
  • BHA and BHT. Carcinogenic preservatives that are deemed safe in low quantities. Somehow, this reminds me of DDT and glyphosate campaigns.

Only buy cat foods that:

  • Are made in the United States.
  • List whole meats such as tuna, chicken, liver, beef, turkey, etc.
  • Have natural preservatives like Vitamin E (tocopherols or mixed tocopherols).

Recommended Cat Foods:

Cat Food Recalls

Pet foods and animal feeds are frequently recalled because of bacterial, chemical, drug, or hormone contamination. Dog foods are more commonly recalled than cat foods. For an up-to-date list on the latest recalls, check out: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm