Can People Safely Eat Cat Food?


If You’re Thinking of Eating Cat Food, Read This First

Simon Allison, professional pet food taster, eats pet food for a living…and loves it! 

This week, Popular Science Magazine asked “Can People Safely Eat Cat Food?

With the price of cat food what it is, I won’t soon be arm wrestling Skeezix over who gets the can of Fancy Feast. But if cat food were my only dietary option, it would be fine for short periods, according to the article. The ingredients in a typical can of cat food: meat by-products, chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, ash, taurine, are “nothing too horrible, but in general, these things don’t constitute a healthy human diet,” said Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. She added, “I’m fully confident that your body can handle kitty chow.”

According to Blatner, the worst stuff in cat food is the high mineral content in the ash, but that can be cleared from the body fairly quickly.

If you are going to share Fluffy’s repast, go organic. Newman’s Own canned beef formula uses only free-range beef from Uruguay, is 95 percent USDA-certified organic, and is chock-full of vitamins. Probably much healthier than my normal diet. Blatner says that organic cat foods are “OK to satisfy the occasional craving, but you shouldn’t make it a staple of your regular diet. It’s cat food for a reason.”

(OK to satisy the occasional craving??? Help me out, here. Do any of you sneak downstairs at night to pop open a can of Newman’s Own?)

Apparently, there are some who do. Here YouTube proof:

In a reader? Click here.

As is often the case, the best part of this article was one of the comments:

My X-wife put canned cat food in my dinner one night after I had won an argument. Chicken Vittles if memory serves. It was easy to tell it wasn’t people food. There were small bits of ground up bone and an overall sort of slimy texture. I think “By Product” is the tip off there to tell you that these are things you wouldn’t eat if you knew what part of the animal it really came from.

In case you are wondering, I never ate anything she ever made ever again never.


In the interest of full disclosure, I once was addicted to Purina Dog Chow. When I was about 3 years old, I would sneak into the cupboard where it was kept, and eat chunk after chunk after chunk. There. You know my deepest darkest secret. –karen


[PHOTO CREDIT: The Daily Mail]

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