Discussing Questions And Answers About Dry Dog Food Made With Turkey

Helen asks…

holistic food for cats?

i have just recently switched brands for my cats. it is merrick canned food.
here is the ingredient list for the turducken flavour

turkey, chicken, chicken broth,duck, sweet potatoes, fresh carrots,fresh snow peas, fresh golden delicious apples,potato starch-modified, dried egg, dried cranberry,olive oil, flax seed oil ( for omega -3), cassia gum,carrageean, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, salt, taurine, mixedtocopherols, vitamin e supplement, yucca schidegra extract, zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, vitamin b12 supplement, copper amino acid complex, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin a acetate, niacin, lecithin, vitamin d3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, cobalt glucoheptanate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite.

what do u think of the ingredients? does it sound like something you would feed your cats?
site
www.merrickpetcare.com
my cats are eat both dry and canned food. they each get one can of wet a day and there si always a bowl of dry food left out for them

Jimmy answers:

Merrick is an excellent brand food for both cats and dogs, it is made with all human grade ingredients and no by products. Other diets that I have looked at for cats are Instinct (my cat did not like it), Wellness and Solid Gold. Good Luck.

George asks…

good diet foods?

what are some healthy foods to eat while on a diet

Jimmy answers:

-Chicken, especially the white meat
-Low fat yogurt and milk
-Low fat condiments like mayo, cream cheese, dressing, margarine, and jam
-Lots of fruit and veggies, lol
-100 calorie snack packs
-Lower calorie granola bars
-Flavored water
-Ground turkey (great substitute for hamburger)
-Wheat bread
-Brown rice
-Low fat, low cal frozen dinners
-Smoothies made from low fat yogurt/milk, fruit, and splenda
-Stir fry (veggies such as mushrooms, onions, peppers, carrots, sprouts, and some brown rice)
-Chicken pasta (1 cup wheat pasta with some grilled chicken breast, a little oil and some spices like oregano or dill)
-Salad(endless possibilities; add chicken, turkey, dried fruit or nuts, mandarine orange, grapes, a little bit of shredded low fat cheese, simulated bacon, toasted sesame or pumpkin seeds…)
-Rice cakes and crackers
-Low fat/calorie crackers
-Oatmeal (instant and cooked are both good)
-Lean pork chop (trim the fat off and it can be about as healthy as chicken)
-Tofu, and tofu products like lunch meat and hot dogs
-Low fat cottage cheese
-Sugar free pudding and jello
-Hummus (spread some on a whole wheat tortilla shell and add some veggies…yum!)
Good luck!

Lisa asks…

dry Eukanuba vs. Royal Canin?recalled??

im giving my dog dry eukanuba and i heard is not in the recall list, but i keep hearing is not all that good, i brought a bad of royal canin and i have a mini yorkie who is like 3months old, and i was readin the bad which said its for dogs older than 10months old, so idk if i should give it to my dog. idk if they have it for puppies but i wanna go buy one cuz i heard it is very very good pet food but i dun wanna go for nothing, does anyone know whats better eukanuba or royal canin.?
a bag* sry for wrong spelling i was in a rush.
sry again everytime i press the g a b comes out so its bag not bad! lols thanks

Jimmy answers:

Hi there… Save yourself the hassle of trying to keep up with a list that may or may not be complete. Avoid any food that has Wheat Gluten listed as an ingredient.

It’s time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in pet food is a joke. Ever seen a starving cat or dog chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

-”Grocery store” foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, “grocery store” foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

-Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of “grocery store” food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and “filler” ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than “grocery store” foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

-Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market – provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class – contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that bag and move on to the next.

Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can’t afford it, you can’t feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer. Some brands, not all, of Nutro cat food are semi-ok if you want to spend less money, however I personally would never chose their food for nutritional value.

I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. Http://www.iamscruelty.com to see the terror they create.

Drs. F&S Food Link – http://www.drsfostersmith.com

Wellness Food Link – http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com

Eagle Pack Holistic Select – http://www.eaglepack.com

Merrick Foods: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

****DO NOT FEED IAMS!**** http://www.iamscruelty.com

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