A Complete Guide To Cat Food Ingredients
It can be difficult to choose the right food for your cat. It can be difficult to recognize quality cat food because many brands use unclear ingredient lists. It must be safe for cats if it is available in stores. It’s not.
The following ingredients are found in most commercial cat food:
* Meat (poultry, cattle)
* Vegetable and meat by-products
* Nutrient supplements
* Synthetic thickeners
* Flavour enhancers
Protein is a source of amino acids that aid pets in building and maintaining their muscles, bones and blood. Many protein sources can provide a balanced profile of amino acids.
Poultry Byproduct Meal
This refers to the ground, rendered, or clean parts of the carcass from slaughtered poultry. This includes necks, feet and undeveloped eggs. Except for the unavoidable amounts that might be caused by good processing practices, feathers should not be included in the meal. Although cats can eat the wild or natural parts of poultry, the “rendered” part is not natural. By-product meal is not the best choice for your cat.
This ingredient is made up of the uncomposed tissue from whole fish and fish cuttings. The oil can be extracted in small amounts, but it must not exceed 10 percent moisture. The product name must include the salt content of fish meal if it contains more than 3 percent salt. It may not exceed 7 per cent.
AAFCO defines chicken as a combination of flesh and skin, with or without bone. It can only be made from whole chicken carcasses or parts of them, and must not contain feathers, feet, or entrails.
This fat is extracted from the cattle tissue during commercial rendering. Because it is saturated fat, beef tallow is a poor source of fat for cat food. It is used primarily to enhance the food’s flavor.
Here are some reasons to avoid sugar
- Sugar is used by manufacturers to caramelize their products or thicken sauces (if necessary).
- Cats can’t taste sweet
- Sugar-eating felines might experience diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pains, or other gastrointestinal issues.
- A high-sugar diet can lead to weight gain and diabetes.
- Cats who eat sugary food often develop dental problems that can lead to tooth loss.
Cat Food: Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates, also known as starches (sugars) or fibers, provide energy and bulk. Common carbohydrate sources are plants and grains such as wheat and corn.
Starches can be made up of different types of sugars, including glucose and fructose. Cats can convert sugar into usable energy easily through digestion.
Cat Food Ingredients and Their Benefits
According to Cornell Feline Health Center (part of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine), the most important nutrients in cat food ingredients are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These nutrients are essential for cats’ diets. Your cat is an obligate carnivore, meaning that she needs meat to survive. But, being an obligate carnivore does not mean that she cannot benefit from other foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and grains. It doesn’t matter what kind of meat your cat eats, but how much protein it provides.
What is the harm in dairy? Is it true that cats are supposed to drink milk?
Contrary to popular belief cats should not drink milk. Most cats lack the enzymes necessary to digest it. Cats who drink milk can experience nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Although your cat may occasionally eat yoghurt and cheese, large amounts of dairy products can cause stomach upsets.
What are the Bad Ingredients in Cat Food?
Unneeded and low-quality ingredients are bad ingredients for cat food. These ingredients are not suitable for cats and are considered bad. These nondescriptive meats include 4D meats, which are dead, diseased, or dying.
Cat food with water
Cat food’s moisture plays an important role in keeping felines hydrated. Did you know that wild cats don’t need much water, and they get all of the moisture they require from their food? Commercially-sold wet cat food usually meets this requirement. To ensure proper water intake, cats who like biscuits should be offered water along with a few jelly or gravy meals or switched to wet food.
* Electrolyte imbalance
* Blood flow reduction
* Poor oxygen transportation
* Accumulation harmful toxins
Supplements and Preservatives
Vitamins and minerals can be added in small quantities, but they make up close to half the ingredients in pet food. They also make up the longest section of an ingredient list.
This mineral supplement contains 32 percent of phosphorus. It is also an additive that helps to acidify the food so the cat can maintain a proper pH.
This is defined by AAFCO as a feed or ingredient that is solely derived from plants, animals, or mined resources. It can be either in its raw state or subject to heat processing, heating, rendering, purification and extraction, hydrolysis or enzymolysis.
Brewers Dried Yeast
Brewers must use dried yeast from beer or ale brewing for human consumption. It has been sterilized and lacks leavening power. This yeast is inactive, composed of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a single-celled organism. Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of protein and high in B vitamins. The amino acids are essential for pets to build and maintain their muscles, bones, blood, organs and immune system.
This is a potassium-salt of hydrochloric acids. Potassium is vital for nerve function and heart health in all species. It is however used in cat food as a salty component. This adds flavor to the food and acts as a preservative.
Vitamins and minerals are at the end of the ingredient list. These ingredients are common in cat food and come with a variety of difficult to pronounce names. You will find, for example, calcium carbonate and tetrasodiumpyrophosphate. L-Lysine monohydrochloride, salt and choline chloride. Vitamin supplements (E, E, B-12, D-3).
Cat food is high in fat
Fat is essential for many bodily functions, even though it can sometimes get a bad reputation. Your cat’s body temperature and inflammation can be controlled by fat. Fat is the primary source of stored energy, and provides twice the energy as carbohydrates or protein. It also contains omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids which are important subunits. The proper structure and maintenance of the skin and coat with omega-6 fatty acids is essential. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acid can also affect skin quality and coat health.
There are reasons to avoid vegetable derivatives
Commercial cat food products that claim to be high in protein are often made from animal sources. Although the food may contain lots of vegetable protein, cats are unable to digest it and absorb it. This is why felines cannot be vegan. Although they can increase the calories of a food, vegetable derivatives are high-processed, do not provide nutrition value and can cause stomach upsets.
Extra caution when it comes to cat food ingredients
If your cat is suffering from:
* Food intolerances or allergies (diagnosed, suspected)
* Kidney problems, cystitis and struvite crystals (and other urinary tract infections)
These conditions can be serious and require monitoring and medical attention. Too many ingredients in one meal can cause sensitive cats to react negatively. Switching to single-source protein meals like Untamed’s Chocka chicken or Tuck-in tuna is a good idea if your cat has stomach upsets.