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    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    In an article today on YaHoo!

    In mid-December, Kroger Co. announced the recall of certain pet foods in 19 states. The cat foods recalled included Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Food, and Kroger Value Cat Food, and the reason stated for the recall was “these products may contain aflatoxin, a toxic chemical byproduct that could be harmful to animals.” In early January, the suspicion of aflatoxin was confirmed by TN state investigators.

    The true tragedy is that so many consumers do not realize that cats are obligate carnivores. Cats no only do not need corn; their guts were not designed to digest corn properly. Even corn not tainted with aflatoxin has the potential to harm cats in other ways:

    •Feline Diabetes: A dry cat food packed with carhbohydrates is the number 1 cause of feline diabetes, and corn, as the cheapest carbohydrate, is most often used in inferior dry cat foods.

    •Allergies: Corn is a known allergen and can cause itching, dry flaky skin, and sometimes, diarrhea.

    •Excess Weight: A diet high in carbohydrates such as corn is the main cause for overweight in cats. Excess weight can also contribute to heart disease and arthritis, along with diabetes

    Just for ducks, read the ingredients on a bag of Kroger’s cat food. One review I read showed corn as the first ingredient, followed shortly by ground yellow corn, and corn gluten meal. Would you really want to feed your cat food fit only for cattle and pigs?

    The bottom line is that you can do your cats a huge favor by feeding them canned foods rich in meat protein. If you feel you must supplement with dry cat food, select one with an absolute minimum of grains, and NO CORN. You will be doing your cat a favor, and can put away your fears of aflatoxin poisoning.


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
    Participant (this was one of the references in the last paragraph)

    Premium Dry Cat Foods for Adult Cats

    Containing No By-Products, Chemical Preservatives, or Unnamed Protein Sources

    By Franny Syufy, Guide


    Since a number of premium dry cat foods have been introduced recently, my picks have been significantly changed. I would feed any of these foods to my cats, and they rotate through several of these selections, not necessarily in this order. Alternate with premium canned food for a well-balanced diet for your cat.

    Please keep in mind your own cats’ age, medical condition, and nutritional needs, as there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for feeding our cats. Also keep in mind cats’ individual tastes – some cats may dislike some of these foods immediately, and some will tire of the same formula in time.

    Innova EVO Dry Cat Food

    Innova Evo cat food is closer than other commercial dry cat foods in matching the nutritional quality of a raw food diet. It is very palatable and my test cats eagerly ate it. For cats without a medical intolerance for high protein (such as kidney disease), it’s well worth the effort to look for Innova Evo in a feed & grain or other specialty store. My own cats rotate EVO as part of their dry food diet, along with other foods in this list. Top listed ingredients: Turkey, Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Herring Meal, Chicken Fat.

    Wellness CORE Dry Cat Food

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of PriceGrabberIn my opinion, Wellness CORE is neck-and-neck with Innova EVO in providing a dry food closely aligned to a raw diet, and my cats enjoyed both equally. CORE is grain-free and has a high protein content.

    Top Listed Ingredients Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Potatoes.

    Guaranteed Analysis: (Not converted to dry matter)

    Crude Protein: Not Less Than 50.0%, Crude Fat: Not Less Than 18.0%,Crude Fiber: Not More Than 3.0%, Moisture: Not More Than 11.0%, Calcium: Not More Than 1.8%, Phosphorus: Not More Than 1.45%, sium: Not More Than 0.10%

    Wellness Complete Health Salmon Dry Cat Food

    I tested this product with my own cats and they loved it. It’s now part of their rotation.

    First Listed Ingredients: Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal, Rice, Ground Barley, Ground Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Deboned Turkey, NatUral Chicken Flavor, NatUral Fish Flavor, Cranberries, Olive Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Cranberry Extract Powder, Cranberry Fiber, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate,

    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein Min 36.0%, Crude Fat Min 18.0%, Crude Fiber Max 3.0%, Moisture Max 11.0%, Ash Max 6.5%, Magnesium Max 0.098%, Taurine Min 0.2%

    Natural Balance Ultra Premium Cat Food

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of PriceGrabberNatural Balance Ultra Premium contains 34% protein, from four meat sources: chicken (and chicken meal), duck, lamb meal,and fish meal. Natural Balance is rated for all life styles, including kittens and lactating queens.

    First named ingredients are Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Duck, Lamb Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, Vitamin E).

    Innova Dry Cat Food

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of PriceGrabberInnova contains fresh, wholesome ingredients from each of the five food groups (that’s right – even fruit). Even the most persnickety cat will cozy up to his food dish when it’s full of Innova.[p]Top Listed Ingredients: Turkey, Chicken Meal, Chicken, Potatoes, Egg, Barley, Chicken Fat.

    Evolve Dry Cat Food

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of PriceGrabberEvolve’s main protein sources are Chicken and Chicken Meal, and carbohydrates are supplied by Brown Rice and brewers rice. Other interesting additions include menhaden herring meal, flaxseed meal, yogurt, dried kelp, vegetables, and cranberries. Its high protein content of 35% helps reserve a prominent space on this list.

    Nature’s Variety Instinct Dry Cat Food

    Nature’s Variety Instinct is grain-free for cats with food allergies.

    Chicken Variety First Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Pumpkinseeds, Salmon Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Montmorillonite Clay, Chicken Liver Flavor, Chicken Liver, Dried Kelp, DL-Methionine, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Niacin Supplement…

    Guaranteed Analysis: (Not converted to dry matter)

    Crude Protein (min): 50.0%,Crude Fiber (max): 2.8%,Moisture (max): 10.0%.

    Nature’s Variety recommends gradually introducing any new food by mixing it with the cat’s regular food, and avoiding overfeeding.

    California Natural Chicken and Rice Cat Food

    Cats seem to like the taste, and the company prides itself on maintaining exacting standards. Consumers looking for “natural” cat food will like this product. Top listed ingredients are Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Fat, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed.

    Timberwolf Serengeti Herbal Feline Diet

    First Listed Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Fresh Chicken, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Low Ash Salmon Meal, Potatoes,Tuna Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) Dried Eggs, Dried Chicken Liver, Dried Whole Milk, Dried Whey Extract, Kelp, Hydrated Alfalfa Leaf, Casein, DL Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin, Taurine, Lysine, Carnitine, Choline Chloride, Creatine, Probiotics: (Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation, Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Enterbacter Faecium Fermentaion Product, Bacillus Subtillus Fermentation Product, Blueberries, Cranberries

    Guaranteed Analysis: Protein: 38%, Fat: 18%, Fiber: 2.5%, Moisture: 9%, ASH: 5%

    Felidae Cat and Kitten Formula

    Four “human grade” named meat meals provide a protein source of 32%, and the addition of ingredients such as herbs, fruit, kelp and probiotics, not only offer good taste, but other health benefits. This food is also a favorite of About Cats forum cats, and my own test cats include it in their rotation of dried foods, with “six paws up.” Top ingredients are Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat, (Preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Herring Meal, Eggs.

    Newman’s Own Organics Advanced Cat Formula

    First Listed Ingredients: Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Soybean Meal, Fish Meal, Organic Sorghum, Organic Peas, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Millet, Organic Rice, Organic Canola Oil, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols [a Source of Vitamin E]), Organic Oats, Organic Barley, Chicken Liver, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Carrots, Cranberries, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Sea Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Parsley.

    Guaranteed Analysis (Not converted to dry matter): Crude Protein 34.0% min, Crude Fat 14.0% min, Crude Fiber 3.0% max, Moisture 10.0% max, Ash 6.5%max, Taurine 0.20% min

    Fromm Adult Gold Dry Cat Food

    Fromm cat foods first came to my attention from discussions by my forum members. The canned foods seemed to be particular favorites, but demand often exceeds supplies. The dry food seems to have decent ingredients,if you don’t mind grain in dry foods.

    First Listed Ingredients: Duck, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Rice, Salmon Meal, Tomato Pomace, Whole Egg, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Rice Gluten, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Potato, Salmon Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Oat Fiber, Cheese, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast.

    Guaranteed Analysis % (Not coverted to dry matter): Protein Minimum 32, Fat Minimum 18, Moisture Maximum 10, Ash Maximum 6.5, Fiber Maximum 3.5

    Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Duck Á La Veg Dry Cat Food

    First Listed Ingredients: Duck, Duck Meal, Pearled Barley, White Rice, Sweet Potato, Whole Dried Egg, Dried Tomato Pomace, Turkey Liver, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Potato, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Flaxseed, Ground Oat Hulls, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Apples, Green Beans, Lecithin, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries

    Guaranteed Analysis % (Not Converted to Dry Matter:) Crude Protein (min) 34, Crude Fat (min) 20, Moisture (max) 10, Ash (max) 6.5, Crude Fiber (max) 3.5, Taurine (min) 0.12, Magnesium (max) 0.1

    Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul

    With four fresh meat sources: Chicken, turkey, duck, and salmon, this relatively new cat food with the fanciful name has rapidly become a favorite among About Cats forum members’ cats. I appreciated the manufacturer’s integrity in not claiming “human grade meat.” Coupled with a respectable list of ingredients, that’s reason enough for this food to become a regular staple for my own Guide Cats.

    Read Review

    Blue Spa Select Chicken & Brown Rice Formula (Dry)

    Blue Spa Select Cat Food by the Blue Buffalo Company introduces a new concept in cat foods: the addition of nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants in “cold formed” bits scattered throughout the package. Cold form processing preserves nutrients and antioxidants that can be degraded by the extreme heat of normal pet food processing.

    First listed ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal, Salmon Meal, Whole Potatoes. I’m not wild about the carbohydrate content and my cats carefully picked out the “blue bits” and discarded them. Still, I think it deserves a spot on this list. There’s no accounting for cats’ tastes, and some readers say their cats love it and thrive on it.

    Premium Edge Finicky Adult Chicken, Salmon, and Vegetables Formula

    NOTE Late September, 2009: Premium Edge has recalled four date code lots of Premium Edge, distributed mainly in the Rochester, N.Y. area. The recall was not due to contaminants, but because of a deficiency of thiamine in those lots. Read more here.

    Premium Edge weighs in at 34% protein, and 20% fat, with Chicken and Chicken Meal as the main protein ingredients, followed by whole grain Brown Rice, brewers rice, chicken fat as the top listed ingredients.

    Newman’s Own Organics Adult Cat Formula

    See Newman’s Own Organics Web site FAQ for more information about this company’s productsFirst Listed Ingredients: Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Soybean Meal, Organic Sorghum, Fish Meal, Organic Peas, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Millet, Organic Rice, Chicken Fat (Naturally Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols [a Source of Vitamin E]), Organic Oats, Organic Barley, Organic Flax Seed, Organic Canola Oil, Chicken Liver, Organic Carrots, Cranberries, DL-Methionine (an amino acid which helps regulate urinary pH)

    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein 32.0% min, Crude Fat 16.0% min, Crude Fiber 3.0% max, Moisture 10.0% max, Ash 6.5% max, Taurine 0.20% min

    Orijen Dry Cat Food (Canada)

    Orijen boasts no grain, and indicates the following “biologically correct” ingredient ratio of 75% meat, 25% fruit and vegetables. Listed ingredients:

    Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, turkey meal, russet potato, lake whitefish, chicken fat, sweet potato, whole eggs,de-boned turkey, salmon meal, salmon and anchovy oils, salmon, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil, sun-cured alfalfa, dried brown kelp, carrots, spinach, peas, tomatoes, apples, psyllium, dulse, glucosamine Hcl, cranberries, black currants, rosemary extract, chondroitin sulfate, sea salt. See the manufacturer’s site for added ingredients.

    Manufacturer’s Site

    Castor and Pollix Organix Feline Formula

    C&P Organix formulas are made with certified organic chicken meat, from chickens raised without drugs or antibiotics.

    First Listed Ingredients: Organic Chicken, Herring Meal, Organic Peas, Organic Soybean Meal, Organic Barley, Organic Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tochopherols, Rosemary, and Citric Acid)

    Guaranteed Analysis (not converted to dry matter): Crude Protein min. 31.00%, Crude Fat min 16.00%, Crude Fiber max 3.00%, Moisture max 10.00%, Ash max 7.00%, Magnesium max 0.099%, Taurine min 0.125%, Calcium min 1.00%, Phosphorus min. 0.90%, Omega 6 Fatty Acid min 3.10%, Omega 3 Fatty Acid min 0.80%

    Note: Contains Vitamin K3, which is Menadione Sodium Bisulfite, a controversial synthetic Vitamin K.

    Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken Lamb Dry Cat Food

    Ingredients: Lamb, Chicken Meal, Millet, Brown Rice Menhaden Fish Meal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Canola Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Garlic, Amaranth, Blueberries, Dried Chicory Root, Taurine, Carotene, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Panthothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid

    Guaranteed Analysis: (Not Converted to Dry Matter) Protein Min 34%, Fat Min 12%, Fiber Max 5%, Moisture Max 10%,

    Nature’s Logic Dry Cat Food Chicken Variety

    Nature’s Logic is also available in rabbit, duck, and salmon varieties.First Listed Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Millet, Chicken Fat, Montmorillonite*, Brewer’s Yeast, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Spray Dried Chicken Liver, Pumpkin Seed, Animal Plasma, Kelp, Natural Flavor, Cottage Cheese, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Egg Shell, Avocado, Chicory Root, Tomato Powder, Almonds, Spray Dried Cod Liver Oil, Apple Powder, Blueberry, Apricots, Carrots, Pumpkin, Cranberry, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Artichoke, Rosemary, Fermentation Products

    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min.) – 38.0%, Crude Fat (min.) – 16.0%, Crude Fiber (max.) – 6.0%, Moisture (max.) – 9.0%

    *Montmorillonite is defined as a “detoxifying clay.”



    Aflatoxin is serious, for people as well as kitties. It’s the poisonous mould that more usually grows on peanuts. It would be interesting to know what process enables it to get into or grow on cat food ingredients.

    Ah, I see.

    It can grow on all types of grain, as well as ground and tree nuts.


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    I thought it was a bit scary, so thought it needed to be posted.



    Thanks, Deb. The article on good dry foods is useful too, the array of stuff you have in the US is bewildering.


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Jane, and the stuff listed there is only a small portion of it. Whatever you want you can find somewhere either in stores or online. Not that mine will eat a lot of it, they turn their nose up at the supposed ‘good for them’ foods including the raw like liver and such.



    Deb, we all know that if a kitty really doesn’t want to eat something, she or he will starve sooner than give in. They are sooooooo not like goggies.


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Oh yeah, I know that have tried to do the ‘eat this or nothing’ 3 days later I caved, lol!

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