|Purred: Thu May 12, '05 11:41pm PST |
|Just a few thoughts:
Is there really any such thing as "cruelty-free" food that is made out of slaughtered animals?
What is a by-product? I mean, gelatin is a meat by-product, and humans put artifical flavor and color in it and think it's a great treat. And a cat's natural food consists of the entire body of its prey, bones, fur/feathers, skin, organs, etc. and not just a few select muscles.
Are fillers necessarily bad? Sometimes fillers are added to provide more tummy-satisfying bulk without making the food too nutrient-dense (which can contribute to obesity).
Generally, pet foods have to meet certain standards in order to be marketed as nutritionally complete. This is true for the cheapest generic foods to the most expensive 'premium' brands. So is it that the 'premium' foods are really better or are our humans just being duped into paying extra for a designer label? And what if we disagree and decide we like the less expensive foods better? Should we be forced to eat something we don't like because our humans feel better when they spend more money on us?
Our mommy searched high and low for a good food for us. It wasn't easy because I am a picky eater but even more because my sister, the Beast, has a sensitive stomach. We tried more expensive and less expensive brands. Most recently we have been eating Purina One Sensitive System formula because I like it ok and Beastie hasn't been throwing it up like she did so many of the other kinds.
We hate to hear that Purina may have engaged in some unnecessarily cruel tests. We are going to continue to search for other foods that suit both my palate and Beastie's sensitive stomach, but I don't know if we will find many good alternatives.
Our mommy found a good article about pet foods and how they are made (warning: it is very long, although it is really informative).
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