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Old 08-03-2004, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been doing A LOT of research and label reading, and I have compiled a list of canned cat food flavors from the "bad" brands that do not contain by-products of any kind. I realize that these foods are still not as good as Wellness, etc., but if you are on a very tight budget, or have a very finicky cat, this list may help you out!!

Meow Mix Tuna and Shrimp in Sauce
Meow Mix Red Snapper and Ocean Fish in Sauce
Meow Mix Salmon and Crab in Sauce
Meow Mix Beef in Gravy
Meow Mix Chicken and Liver in Gravy * CONTAINS SUGAR*
Meow Mix Mackerel in Sauce
Fancy Feast Flaked Salmon and Ocean Whitefish
Fancy Feast Flaked Tuna and Mackerel
Fancy Feast Flaked Ocean Fish
Fancy Feast Flaked Fish and Shrimp
Fancy Feast Flaked Trout
Fancy Feast Roasted Beef
Fancy Feast Sliced Salmon and Chicken
9 Lives Flaked Tuna in Sauce
9 Lives Flaked Tuna and Egg Bits in Sauce
Fancy Feast Seafood Filets Sardines Shrimp and Crab
Friskies Seared Filets Beef and Chicken pouches
Friskies Seared Filets Turkey and Giblets pouches
Iams Ocean Fish
Iams Beef
Iams Turkey and Giblets
Iams Catfish
Iams Lamb and Rice
Science Diet Senior Beef
Science Diet Senior Turkey
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Old 08-03-2004, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I also compiled a list of decent "bad quality" dry foods, if anyone wants those. The foods listed do not contain any un-named meat sources or by-products, amd a meat or meat-meal is the first ingredient. Some of them DO contain small amounts of "chicken by-product meal":

Iams Hairball Care Original
Iams Lamb and Rice
Iams Ocean Fish and Rice
Iams Original
Iams Kitten
Eukanuba Lamb and Rice
Eukanuba Salmon and Rice
Eukanuba Mature Care
Eukanuba Weight Control
Science Diet Savory Recipes Lamb and Rice
Science Diet Savory Recipes Chicken and Rice
Science Diet Savory Recipes Ocean Fish
Purina One Chicken and Rice
Purina One Special Care Sensitive Systems
Purina One Growth and Development
Purina One Senior Protection
Purina ONE Special Care Healthy Weight Management


The following foods are the same quality of the above, with the exception that the first ingredient is chicken by-product meal, rather than a plain meat, or plain chicken meal:

Purina Cat Chow
Purina Kitten Chow
Purina Cat Chow Senior
Purina One Salmon and Tuna
Science Diet Feline Senior
Science Diet Feline Maintenance Hairball Control
Science Diet Feline Maintenance Hairball Control Light
Science Diet Feline Maintenance Hairball Control Senior
Science Diet Oral Care
Science Diet Feline Growth
Iams Active Maturity
Iams Active Maturity Hairball Care
Iams Weight Control
Iams Weight Control Hairball Care

The last group contains foods that have some type of corn or rice as the first ingredient, but they do not contain any un-named meat sources, or any "meat and bone meal". Some of them DO contain varying amounts of "chicken by-product meal" :

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Meow Mix Original*
Meow Mix Seafood Middles* - CONTAINS SUGAR
Meow Mix Hairball*
Purina Cat Chow Indoor Formula*
Kit 'N Kaboodle *
Science Diet Advanced Protection
Science Diet Feline Sensitive Skin
Science Diet Feline Sensitive Stomach
Science Diet Nature's Best with Real Chicken
Science Diet Nature's Best with Real Ocean Fish
Science Diet Advanced Protection Senior 7+
Science Diet Light Formula
Friskies Special Diet
Purina ONE Special Care Advanced Nutrition Hairball
Purina ONE Special Care Urinary Tract Health Formula
Science Diet Nature's Best with Real Ocean Fish for Kittens
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Old 08-03-2004, 08:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow! You have been doing A LOT of research.
I'm sure this is going to come in very handy for a lot of folks!
Good Job!
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Old 08-03-2004, 08:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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WOW!!!!!!
That's really fantastic, thanks Ianthe!

Um, I have a question....what is it in the "bad" foods that is bad?
I'm always on the look out for high magnesium, cause of urinary problems, but other than that, I'm not 100% sure.....
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The "bad" foods usually contain things like meat by-products, un-named sources of meat, lots of corn, stuff ike that. When a package lists an un-named meat, you could be getting anything! And by-products are things like beaks, feet, tendons, etc.
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Wow, that's awesome, Ianthe!! I didn't know Science Diet was a bad brand That's all that my kitties eat... oh well, they're switching food now.
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What's weird is that some flavors of a certain brand might be good, and another flavor or formula of the exact same brand might be TERRIBLE! For instance, Fancy Feast Chicken is full of by-products, un-named meat sources, etc., and Fancy Feast Roasted Beef is fine. Or Science Diet Savory Recipes Chicken is a decent food but Science Diet Nature's Best Chicken isn't any better than KitnKaboodle
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Old 08-03-2004, 09:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanx for the research, Ianthe. I do feel a little vindicated that the main wet and dry foods my kitties get are both on your good bad food list...
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Old 08-04-2004, 05:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm about to adopt a cat and have been researching some dry commercial brands of cat food. I noticed you included Eukanuba on your bad list of dry foods. I'm reading the ingredients of Eukanuba's Lamb & Rice flavor dry food as im typing this and notice that the 1st 3 ingredients are Lamb, Beef Liver, and Catfish and i've always been made to understand the the first few ingredients are the most important for all types of pets foods. Does this food really belong on the bad list? If so can you tell me what is considered the best/good quality dry foods so i can look up their ingredients to compare?

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