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They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why "All-Natural" Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods

Category: Raw Feeding
July 2, 2015

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

Cats and dogs are obligate carnivores, so their entire diet MUST consist of a balance of raw muscle meat, raw organs, and raw bones. When cats hunt prey in the wild, their entire raw meal is fully balanced---bones, organs (spleen, brain, liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, etc.), raw muscle meat, moisture/blood, and stool bulkers like feathers, fur, etc. Entrails are, and for good reason, left untouched.

Not all canned and dry pet food brands are equal to one another by comparison. In fact, brands such as Weruva, Orijen, Evo, Tiki Cat/Dog, and others are the better option when choosing canned and dry pet food. These brands offer options that are grain-free, starch-free, preservative-free, and contain real meat (not byproduct meals). They address some red flags found with poor-quality brands such as Whiskas, Meow, 9Lives, Friskies, etc.; namely, grain use, preservative use, artificial colors and flavors, and meat byproduct usage. While the formerly mentioned are a better option than the latter, they are NOT the best option. The best option is raw food.

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

Canned and dry cat and dog food is cooked. It is canned or bagged. It is not fresh. Digestive systems do not recognize this as food. There are no enzyme or probiotic traces left. They have denatured and died off, respectively. Vitamins and minerals are absent and synthetic ones are added to attempt compensation for the nutrient-deficient ingredients. These false attempts fail miserably. Synthetic nutrients are not recognized or utilized by the body. In fact, research and studies suggest that inorganic and synthetic vitamins and minerals do more harm than good. The foods that contain grains, gluten, flours, and byproducts are starchy, full of carbohydrates, and lack nutrition. Carnivores as cats and dogs cannot and will not recognize this as food---so companies add artificial and addictive flavors to entice them to eat.

And while you may think grain-free canned and dry pet food options are a great alternative, you are wrong. Even the "natural" companies are tricksters, claiming food contains chicken and tuna or tuna and rabbit, when in fact, their products contain ~98% tuna, 1% chicken, and 1% other ingredients (water, gelatin, etc.). I have experimented with this, opening up cans to discover two or three small, thread-like strips of cooked chicken on top of a 5.5oz bed of cooked, de-boned tuna. All fish, especially and including tuna, is harmful when fed to cats on a regular basis. Fish is high in mercury and heavy metals; some more than others. Tuna is cheap and used extensively in canned food. Tuna and other fish will lead to deficiencies in vitamin E, iron, copper, and calcium. Tuna is notorious for robbing cats of vitamin B1 (thiamine). If fed exclusively, tuna will cause significant health concerns. Fish should not even be fed occasionally---but only RARELY. The larger the fish, the more mercury it accumulates. Stick with small fish---raw sardines, anchovies (raw fish MUST be gutted and frozen for a period of time before feeding)---and don't make fish a staple in raw feeding. Canned and dry pet food is high in sodium, low in moisture, and must be supplemented with synthetic minerals and vitamins. It's just a train wreck.

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

So, just because you see labels, advertising "gluten-free", "grain-free", "all-natural" choices, this is far from the truth. Here are a couple examples and we snapped these images ourselves just days ago at a local pet store. These brands claim to be "all-natural" with "chicken as the #1 ingredient".

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of



They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

Well, yes, corn and wheat flour and rice are natural, but they are NOT natural to a cat's or dog's digestive system. In fact, they are foreign, hence the bloating, digestive upsets, constipation, diarrhea, gassiness, and belching that animals endure when fed starch, flour, and grains. While chicken may be the first ingredient, don't overlook the other ones. If corn kernels were the primary ingredient in your popcorn followed by a close second, let's say, caterpillar diarrhea and tapeworm segments, would you eat it? Not likely. Chicken may be the first ingredient, but a close second is rice. I can almost guarantee the GMO-chicken used is NOT hormone-free, NOT antibiotic-free, NOT free-range, and is treated inhumanely for the entire lifespan. See below for an explanation of these ingredients.

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

As you can see from the ingredient panels above, we're happy to call these brands out on their bullshit. This is not an all-encompassing list and plenty of other culprits lurk in canned and dry pet food. Most cheap, poor-quality pet foods will contain triple, if not quadruple, the synthetic and harmful chemicals and ingredients than those discussed here. This list comes from ingredient panels of pet food brands that claim to be "all-natural", "highly digestible", "hypoallergenic", and "completely healthy and nutritionally-balanced" for cats and dogs. As you will clearly see, believing the hype is ignorance at its best. The raw diet contains NONE of these.

Ingredient

What It Is

Health Dangers

Brewer's rice

Processed rice, separated from its kernels, and deficient in most nutrients found in whole rice

All rice (including organic) contains lead, cadmium, and arsenic; grains are not recognized by carnivores' digestive systems; no nutritional value; leads to allergies, hyperactivity, inflammatory disease flare-ups

Corn gluten meal

Byproduct of corn, contains no gluten, plant-based proteins used for animal feed; used as a filler and a binder in food

Treated with hazardous and carcinogenic herbicide and pesticide; increases inflammation in the digestive system, blocks nutrient absorption

Meat byproduct meal

*Inexpensive dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of animal carcass including intestines, necks, feet, bones, hooves, hair, hides, tumors, diseased tissues, rancid trimmings, manure, all parts not suitable for human consumption; anything other than actual meat

Less digestible, low quality, boosts protein percentage but highly deficient in vitamins and minerals; contains no vital essentials or nutritional value; not real meat; long-term use leads to taurine deficiency and dilated cardiomyopathy

Animal fat

*Mystery animal fat from an unknown and unspecified source of mammalian tissue (not from livestock); used as a preservative in poor quality canned and dry food

Animal fat sources include "4-D animals" (dead, diseased, disable, dying before slaughter), roadkill, euthanized shelter animals as cats and dogs; contaminant; not properly absorbed or utilized by the digestive system

Fish meal

*Clean, dried, ground up tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cuttings with or without oil; may be rancid; used in poor quality, cheap pet food without uniform distribution

Fish not for human consumption is treated with Ethoxyquin (preservative in pet foods to prevent the rancidification of fats) and its use (along with BHA, BHT) is banned  in food for human consumption; you can be certain it is present in cat and dog food; cancer-causing and toxic to cats and dogs; high mercury levels

Soy protein isolate

*Dry powder isolated from the soybean

Like grains, flours, and other non-meat foods, it cannot and does not provide nutritional value to animals; causes gastrointestinal distress, inflammation in the digestive system, leads to IBD and chronic nutrient malabsorption, allergies, arthritis flare-ups

Animal liver flavor

*Dried product of ground hepatic glands of mammals, unknown in source and species; it can also be synthetically derived from non-meat sources to imitate liver flavor

Unspecified animal species; may come from horses, skunks, ducks, roadkill, euthanized shelter animals; no nutritional value whatsoever; used as an addictive enticer in food

Phosphoric acid

*Crystalline acid used in fertilizer, soap manufacturing, food processing/flavoring, and carbonated drinks

Used in poor-quality dog and cat food as a flavor enhancer and emulsifier; food for thought---cola is used by many to remove rust in clogged drains, so imagine what it does to delicate mucous membranes and the digestive system

Caramel color

*Water-soluble coloring agent used to make pet food appear more aesthetically-pleasing

Contains a potentially carcinogenic chemical called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI) which has been linked to causing cancer in mice; harmful to mammals and humans; may contain ammonia depending on its preparation process

Salt

*Crystalline mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl); used to mask rancid fat and meat

Not necessary to add to food; used in high amounts for flavor enhancement; food high in sodium is harmful, leading to kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension

Calcium iodate

*Iodine supplement in chicken feed and used as an antiseptic and deodorant in lotions

Linked to high iodine levels in cats and dogs (hyperthyroidism); bleaching preparation harmful to animals

Whole grain sorghum, barley, corn, wheat, gluten flour

Grains, flours, and meals are used as binders and fillers

All grains, flours, and other non-meat foods do not provide nutritional value to animals; cause gastrointestinal distress, inflammation in the digestive system, lead to IBD and chronic nutrient malabsorption; linked to systemic allergies in cats and dogs; mast cell presence, histamine release, and high eosinophil count linked to use; linked to diabetes, hyperactivity, allergies, and arthritis

Beet pulp

*Byproduct of sugar beet processing used for livestock feed and as a filler in cheap pet food

In no way should be fed to carnivores; not recognized by the body and will be seen as a foreign substance, leading to chronic inflammation; contains sugar that leads to weight gain, hyperactivity, allergies, and diabetes; feeds fungal and bacterial infections and inhibits healing time

Carrots

Root-vegetable

In no way should be fed to carnivores; not recognized by the body and will be seen as a foreign substance, leading to chronic inflammation

Tomatoes

Edible fruit

In no way should be fed to carnivores; not recognized by the body and will be seen as a foreign substance, leading to chronic inflammation

Apple pomace

Mixture of apple skins, pulps, seeds

In no way should be fed to carnivores; not recognized by the body and will be seen as a foreign substance, leading to chronic inflammation; apple seeds contain traces of cyanide

Synthetic and inorganic vitamins and minerals

Most are synthetic and not approved for long term use in animals; serious health issues arise

Most synthetic minerals and vitamins are inorganic, not bioavailable to the body, and cannot be utilized; they're useless at best and harmful to health at worst; raw food diets contain vitamins and minerals in natural, raw, whole states that are completely bioavailable to the body and utilized easily

*Most definitions are from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO); beware of their recommendations as their organizations are not only biased, bought out, and corrupt, but also financially affiliated with the cheap, poor-quality brands we discuss above.


And of course you chuckle when your dog is passing gas, thinking how cute it all is---and it isn't. Your dog can't digest the shit you are feeding him. He is suffering. His digestive system is hurting. His stomach aches. His bowels cramp up. He can't have a proper bowel movement. His body is producing an inflammatory response that will become chronic, constantly attacking the bowels. The bowels will thicken over time, cease to absorb any vitamins and minerals, and ultimately lead to irritable bowel disease (IBD), malabsorption, obesity, diabetes, and soon enough, death. Grains, fillers, flours, byproducts do this. Preservatives and chemicals are toxic and are highly correlated and linked to cancer. This is a slow, completely-preventable, painful, agonizing way to die.

Don't just think about a raw diet, start looking into feeding it. Raw companies, bloggers, raw feeders, and pet parents are happy to help those transitioning. Proponents of raw food have nothing to gain. Raw food companies start because we want animals to stop suffering and start living a nutritionally-balanced and happy life. It is the ONLY way to be. We LOVE happy and healthy animals and want nothing more than for animals to live beautiful, happy, healthy, nutrient-rich lives as Nature intended---with a raw diet.Commercial brands that put out processed canned and dry pet food with carcinogens, fillers, and disease-causing grains cannot say the same without lying.

They Use WHAT? Ingredients in Canned and Dry Cat and Dog Pet Food and Why “All-Natural” Is a Dangerous and Misleading Label in Processed Foods | Ingredients in canned and dry cat and dog pet food are dangerous---linked to cancer, malabsorption, IBD, and deficiencies. Beware of

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