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About a year ago Ashton and I adopted our littlest member of the family,
our little black fur baby Keystone. We got him from a shelter in town, and he was SO tiny! He still is pretty little, we think he was under fed as a kitten because his mom was feral. They found him when he was about a month old, and we got him at three months. We had always bought regular old cat food for Sakura, our nine year old Siamese, and so we didn’t really think much of it until the woman at the pet registration counter told us about the ingredients in most animal food. She had highly suggested that we keep Keystone on a non-animal-byproduct diet, which is what most cat and dog food is comprised of. What is animal byproduct anyways? It’s basically any animal remains, including beaks, hooves, bones, livers, muscles, feces, ROADKILL, etc.
That doesn’t sound healthy to me.
I found an article on healthypets.mercola.com that goes in depth with how pet food is made, and what secret ingredients that are used as filler for actual meat.
“Keep in mind by-products consist of the parts of animals that are NOT meat. Poultry by-products include parts of the fowl that have little or no nutritional value — and there’s no way to tell which parts have been mixed into your pet’s food.”
We care about what we are putting in our own bodies, so why should we not be just as careful about what the little ones in our care are eating? Our pets are part of our family, and since they are under our care I think it is important to take the best care of them that we can.
What you can do
After adopting Keystone and talking to the lady at the adoption center, I have gotten into the habit of looking at the ingredients in their food(even their treats) before buying. I know that good food isn’t cheap, but it’s not CHEAP. It isn’t filler or byproduct, its real actual meat and veggies that they need. Basically if I wouldn’t eat it, I don’t feed it to them.
When looking at the label, you want the first ingredient to be a meat like chicken or salmon. If the first ingredient listed is not meat , even if it says “natural” on the label, it’s probably crap food. You also do not want it to contain soy, gluten, or by-product of any kind. Cats and dogs have a much harder time digesting things like gluten and soy than humans do, so cutting these out completely will help their digestive systems significantly.
Ashton and I buy “Purina, Beyond: Natural cat food” for our kitties. The first ingredient on most of their non-fish cat food is chicken. Real chicken. It also has good things like sweet potatoes and eggs, all stuff that is easy for them to digest. Since we switched, we have also noticed that Sakura is a lot happier and active, and his coat is sleeker and softer too. Trust me guys, it does make a difference.
Another thing that we have notice has greatly improved our kitties health is getting them on a feeding schedule with wet food. Their wet food is the same healthy brand, and the wet food is easier for them to digest. We have noticed that they don’t eat as much of their dry food (which we leave out in their bowl) now that we have them on a lunchtime feeding schedule. Another reason why this works is that they get into the habit of knowing when to eat, instead of just eating all day.
Also, if you have both dogs and cats, you really need to make sure that they are not eating each others food.
While I am not sure if it matters as much with healthier pet food, my aunt and uncles cat was very obese because of eating their dogs food and he had been a perfectly healthy cat beforehand. The Purina beyond brand DOES also have dog food in both dry and wet food, so this would be a great switch to make if you have pup’s as well!
Thanks for reading,
as always, have a happy healthy day!
author of a Natural Endeavor