|Purred: Mon Sep 7, '09 10:43am PST |
|Just Say No to Kibble Krack . . . Love the motto! Big believer in canned food and high moisture!
Don't be too quick to judge the water as the first ingredient. The protein guarantee is the same as brands like Wellness so I do not think there is a dip in meat. It is probably due to processing methods as this is a "real" food in the can as opposed to loaf style.
I have tried the food, well my kitties have, and besides my kitties loving a few of the varieties, the formulas look to be boneless. Unless a formula says it has no bones, let it be known there are likely bones in there. Bones are part of the ingredient weight of the particular ingredient and help ingredients like chicken rise to the top of ingredient statements. Take out the bones, and the chicken may be too light to make it to the top. This is a tool manufacturers can use based upon AAFCO's vague ingredient definitions. In this case, chicken is defined as "flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone." I prefer to give my kitties chicken off the bone, and I like to know what they're getting. Can't get that with loaf.
Also, as for the tapioca, again, don't be quick to judge the high placement of this ingredient. There are no food ingredients after it, so it is the least. Take a look at the moisture content. It is in the 80% plus range which means there likely is not any excess starch or filler. If there was a ton of starch, that moisture content would go down. Most brands are at 78% moisture. The closest match to this food is Weruva, and when I contacted them, they told me their potato starch was at around 1%. They said it was for thickening only and not for nutrition. I imagine this similar here, especially given that the Soulistic is a bit more liquidy than Weruva. The chicken formula, besides the vitamins and minerals, is essentially only chicken and tapioca. If the tapioca is indeed around 1%, that means all the nutrition is coming from chicken, and that's a good thing.
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