Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog food forum > Cat food forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old August 29th, 2009, 01:55 PM
embean embean is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 37
What makes good quality cat food

This is a very general question. But what makes a food "good" quality (cat food)?

I know about protein, fat content, etc, but it seems like a lot of the "store" brands are equivalent to more expensive brands in this respect. So how are they different? Does it have to do with quality of ingredients?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old August 29th, 2009, 03:14 PM
Chaser's Avatar
Chaser Chaser is offline
Now I'm Mrs. Chaser!
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON
Posts: 2,407
The only difference is branding and price point. You're right in noticing that the ingredients are really no different between a food you buy at the grocery store versus Science Diet or Medical. Unfortunately, even though the second two are pricey, the quality is no better than Whiskas.

No animal should be eating wheat, corn, soy or chicken/meat by-products.

Google some of these brands:

Wellness
Innova (EVO line)
Nature's Variety
Orijen
Blue Buffalo (Wilderness)

You'll notice that they contain very few, if any, grains and REAL meat is the #1 ingredient. This is what makes a good pet food!

If you use the "Store Locator" function on any of their websites you'll notice that these brands are found in pet supply stores, not grocery or large chain stores. You have to go looking to find good food!

There is a user on here (sugarcatmom) who is very well-researched in cat food specifically, and I'm sure she'll notice your thread later on and provide more information.
__________________
Chase (Friendly Resident Wigglebum) - Border Collie/Lab/Shepherd X
Kailey (Misunderstood Gentle Beauty) - GSD & foster failure #1
Rupert (Gold-Medal Winner of the 3 a.m. Kitty Destruction Olympics )

Heidi - RIP my sweet baby girl
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old August 29th, 2009, 06:11 PM
Love4himies's Avatar
Love4himies Love4himies is offline
Rescue is my fav. breed
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boating in the 1000 Islands
Posts: 17,763
Human grade muscle meat being the main ingredient (cats are carnivores).
__________________
Cat maid to:

Jasper, male Ragdoll ?? (approx 10 yrs)
Rose semi feral, a cpietra rescue, female tabby (approx 7 yrs)

Sweet Pea RIP (2004?-2014)
Puddles RIP (1996-2014)
Snowball RIP (1991-2005)

In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.-English Proverb

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” Stephen R. Covey
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old August 29th, 2009, 06:27 PM
sugarcatmom's Avatar
sugarcatmom sugarcatmom is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 5,320
I have a more detailed answer in your other post about what too look for in a cat food: http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread....res#post820055

Basically, like Love4himies said, you want muscle meat rather than by-products, little to no grains, and WATER. Which means dry food is out.
__________________
"To close your eyes will not ease another's pain." ~ Chinese Proverb

“We must not refuse to see with our eyes what they must endure with their bodies.” ~ Gretchen Wyler
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old September 1st, 2009, 02:03 AM
flipgirl4's Avatar
flipgirl4 flipgirl4 is offline
Obsessed animal lover
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 158
You want to look for a food with quality animal protein, little or no grain, as sugarcatmom said. Beware of starches as some companies will use them to substitute for the grain.

I'm not big on the human grade label on pet food. there's really no meaning to it. I mean, the meat you get in grocery stores comes from the same slaughterhouse. It's the by-products you don't want. I guess by-products could also be the muscle and organ meats but they may also be other things like beaks and feet. If by-products are so good, then why not name them?
__________________
Give a dog food and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and man. (Mark Twain)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old September 1st, 2009, 05:22 PM
kandy kandy is offline
Hazel's Personal Servant
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 1,742
While I know very little about cat food, I do know that you cannot look at just the nutritional analysis where it says how much protein, how much fat, etc. That doesn't tell you what kind of protein it is. The pet food recalls of 2007 were because of a chemical called melamine which mimics protein - so a pet food with melamine in it would test just as high as a pet food with actual meat in protein levels.

There is a thread here somewhere that gives the example of mixing motor oil, shoe leather and sawdust and the resulting 'nutritional analysis' from that mixture. If you looked at just the nutritional analysis, then you wouldn't realize that the mixture is nothing but motor oil, shoe leather and sawdust.

Here it is:
Say you’ve got a pair of old leather boots…
some used motor oil… and a scoop of sawdust.

Now, grind them all up… blend them together…
and send that whole concoction to a food testing
laboratory… for analysis.

And the results? This toxic medley of rubbish
contains…

Protein 32%
Fat 18%
Fiber 3%
__________________
Kandy
Livin in a Newfie Drool Zone
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49 AM.