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Does anyone know of any pet food where the contents of the can have been treated nicely?
06-02--2006, 10:31 PM
Argh I hate how much crap is put in pet food... It was also one of the first things that they snuck GM products into. Factory farms muct also really feed off of the pet food industry too, because a lot of people who are really into organic/local foods and such, forget about checking the dog food they're buying each week. Or they just don't see any alternatives. It is generally quite hard to find good quality pet food, which forces a lot of people to buy the normal 'friskies' from the supermarket and such.
There are companies that specialise in organic pet food though, but i'm not sure about whether there is free range meat or not.
You could also look into 'vegetarian pet food'. Personally, this worries me slightly. I can see the moral reasons for buying vegetarian pet food, but I do think that dogs and cats (cats particularly) could do with a bit of meat in their diet. Dogs being omnivorous, it isn't so vital for them, so a vegetarian diet, topped up with meat supplements, seems generally okay. It at least takes away from the cruelty you're supporting when buying standard, bad quality pet food. But the idea of a vegetarian cat is just ridiculous as far as i can see. Cats are naturally carnivorous. They need the amino-acid, taurine, which is found in meat. A lack of this causes blindness and heart problems. I know that there are probably taurine suppliments that you can feed your cat, but it seems obvious to me that they need meat. Anyway, even if you were to enforce a vegetarian diet onto your cat, they'd just go outside and eat some birds to make up for the lack of meat:eek:.
Try this website though, it's got some links to good pet food companies:
Pascoes is an organic cat food i've used in the past, but my mum buys her whiskers unfortunately. I have noticed that whiskers have brought out and organic variety, but i don't really trust them... :rolleyes:
07-02--2006, 12:48 PM
I was thinking about my cats food the other day and there was felix in a can - it was chicken, but it didnt look like chicken - all the cat food we buy looks the same - it doesnt matter if it is beef, rabbit, fish!!! which made me think what else they put in it
Anyone know if you can make your own? With real chicken and rice, carrots, peas etc.
But making your own might have other problems - they might not get enough vitamins or something!!! anyone ever done that?
07-02--2006, 06:58 PM
Hmm, i've often thought about this too... It seems really hard to do, and something difficult to keep up I can imagine, considering that they'll probably need good quality food of the right nutritional value, probably around twice a day too..
You have to make sure that you've got the right balance of nutrients - for cats and dogs this is essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals (macrominerals and trace elements) and vitamins. You've got to be really careful about the quantities of all the different ingredients too, because some ingredients then interfere with the availability of other nutrients.
Saying that, I can see that if you properly research it you could do really well. Hmm, I might look into it a bit more soon too. You just have to make sure that all the ingredients you're using are ones that react positively together in order for the animal to get the best from the food you make. I think if you properly look up different foods and the nutritional values of them, then you could start making some good food. I reckon although it sounds quite easy to go wrong if you don't research it enough, it'd be really rewarding if you do get it right.
One of the hardest things for me would be fitting it into a daily routine. I find it hard enough cooking good food for me, let alone fuzzypegs. But it would be worth it in the long run.
I've just looked around online... This website looks interesting too...
The guy who made that site also sells dog and cat food from his own recipe - it looks good.
Sorry for rambling, i'm fascinated by nutrition.. :o
09-02--2006, 08:59 PM
We buy scienceplan for the dogs in big sacks and the cat gets Asda's own complete cat food which is dry - he loves it - only thing he goes stalking for is milk!!! bad cat!!! must get him some cat milk actually thats just reminded me :)
I dunno why but dried foods always seems to be less likely to have crap in it than tins of meat ? i haven't even read the ingredients :eek:
you don't want to read the ingredients, trust me. whiskers chicken in jelly contains a whole 8% chicken though. god only knows what the other 92% is in that can, no wonder my cat is always ill. I want good cat food.
I'm considering making my own, if I brought some chicken and some rice, at least I'd know what he was eating, but do cats need other stuff in their diet? Anyone know?
The Original Laney
11-02--2006, 10:32 PM
Dunno if thats any help :)
yay lots of help, i could make up a weeks worht then freeze it, it might make his tummy better, because its a little poorly right now.
12-02--2006, 01:29 PM
This is what i feed Spike. Its a muesli type feed. Im not sure how ethical it is, but he seems to enjoy it. Its a balanced diet, but i sometimes supplement it with grated veg..as a wee treat.
Ruff & Ready can be fed straight from the bag, there is no mixing or soaking required, *and there is no mess or waste afterwards*
Thats a blatant lie, ther is alot of mess afterwards.... :D
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