Originally Answered: Organic Cat food Options am I feeding good enough?
RuneAmok Souls Eetser got it right. Pet Promise dry is not the best dry food in the market despite its claim of containing no by products. Irregardless of what the manufacturer claims, dry food is not the best way for weight control.
Take a look at the ingredients and I do a quick rundown for you:-
Chicken, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, soy flour, pearled barley, soy protein isolate, brewers dried yeast, egg product, vegetable oil preserved with mixed-tocopherols, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, salt, choline chloride, taurine, vitamins [Vitamin E supplement, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity)], minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], ascorbic acid [source of Vitamin C].
First ingredient : Chicken
Good source of meat - true to the company's claim that it has no by products.
Brewers rice, corn gluten meal, soy flour, pearled barley, soy protein isolate, brewers dried yeast
RED FLAG - cats do not need this much amount of grain in their food. These are all known as fillers in the pet food industry.
These fillers are often added as pet food ingredients to help decrease the overall cost of the food, especially when pet food manufacturers attempt to keep their pet foods at a certain price point despite rising manufacturing, marketing, shipping, and related costs.
There has been recent claims that Natural Flavor is the manure of the meat source that pet food manufacturer want the cat food to taste like. If the wholesome ingredient is already a good source of meat, shouldn't it be already flavorful and what is the added natural flavor supposed to be? Some companies claim that Natural Flavor is a reduction of certain meat source, e.g broth and so on but the real answer is yet to be made public.
PetGuard Premium Cat & Kitten Dry Food
Fresh Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Sunflower Oil, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Fish Oil, Dried Whole Eggs, Dried Kelp, Dried Whey, Brewer's Yeast, Calcium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Apple Fiber, Alfalfa Meal, Sea Salt, DL-Methionine, Lecithin, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Ergocalciferol (Source of Viatmin D2), Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of B2), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine (Source of Vitamin B1), Biotin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite.
First ingredient : Fresh chicken (I don't know about you but I do wonder how fresh the chicken is and how the manufacturer determine the freshness of their chicken?)
But since this is a good meat source, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
This is acceptable if labeled as second ingredient and not the first. It is chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size and baked. The quality of the protein depends on the type of meat and amount of chicken meat in the mixture. It is also blended with bone and connective tissue processed with the meat.
Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Dried Whey, Brewer's Yeast, Apple Fiber, Alfalfa Meal
Again, these are fillers and refer to the explanation above.
Dr Harvey's Whisker Smackers
Now, this is one treat that I won't hesitate to feed but if your cat is already eating a good and nutritionally balanced meal, treats should be fed sparingly. All the calories will add up, especially when it comes to your overweight cat.
Dr Harvey' s Feline Health
Organic brown rice flakes, organic kamut flakes, organic spelt flakes, organic rolled oats, organic barley flakes, organic triticale flakes, sweet potatoes*, carrots*, potatoes*, zucchini*, peas*, green beans*, beets*, broccoli*, parsley leaf, lecithin granules, garlic granules, bee pollen granules, nutritional yeast flakes, alfalfa leaf, rose hips*, red clover blossoms*, oat straw*, flax seed meal*, papaya leaf*, rosemary leaf*, dandelion root*, peppermint leaf*, ginger root*, spirulina*, foenugreek*, basil leaf, fennel seed.
I am not so sure about this one. The ingredient had me rolling my eyes. It's basically veggies and fruits, herbs, carbs and grain. Whoa! Stop the presses! I really have no idea why anyone would feed their carnivorous cat all these extra supplements.
My recommendation is, it's not needed and since you cats is not incline to eat it, just stop feeding it.
If you ask me, there are much better food out there although feeding wet would be your number one priority. If you feel that you have to feed dry, then go for the best in the market.
((** Very high protein so your overweight cat should not be eating this, IMHO)
Timberwolf Serengeti Feline Diet
Felidae Cat and Kitten
P/S : Personally, I hate to give this advice but I do understand that it is difficult to convince people to change their mind. All I can say is that you make the choices for your cat, and as a result, you are the sole person responsible should his diet resulted in health complications along the way.
We domesticated the cat and if we cannot guarantee their wellbeing, we have no right to invite them into our home.