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Service Cats: Pet Food Ingredients Part 4

Meow-llo It’s time fur Service Cats Furiday. We’ll be wrapping up this mini-series on Pet Feed/Food over the next couple of weeks. So ifin ya’ have any specific questions or questions ‘bout somethin’ we did or didn’t cover, purrlease let us know. ‘Member, you can submit any feline related question or topic you’d like to read ‘bout here by usin’ the form on our Contact page or simply leaving a comment in the comments section below. You can also ketch up on any post you may have missed in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page.    

 

Dezi lays on tree with harness and Service Cat logo

 

 

 

The following post will be written in human English for reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Training Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal training, cats in purr-ticular. And to offer insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, successful Training is all about Repetition and Rewards.

    

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

Food vs. Feed:

 

     The point of this mini-series isn’t to tell you what you need to feed your pets, or to pass judgment on anyone. We’re merely trying to help educate pet owners to recognize ingredients and make the best choices for your pets. As long as pet owners continue to support big pet companies and remain silent about the quality of pet feed, those companies will continue to provide sub par feed that cause illnesses and kill thousands of pets every day. You may have noticed we refer to these pet foods as feed and not food. The following excerpts were taken directly from Truthaboutpetfood.com with permission. It’s a great article that you might want to read. 

 

 

 

Examples of the differences between feed and food…

FDA’s Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.100 Diversion of Contaminated Food for Animal Use” states “FDA does not object to the diversion to animal feed of human food adulterated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta.”

Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use” states “The Center will consider the requests for diversion of food considered adulterated for human use in all situations where the diverted food will be acceptable for its intended animal food use. Such situations may include:
a. Pesticide contamination in excess of the permitted tolerance or action level.
b. Pesticide contamination where the pesticide involved is unapproved for use on a food or feed commodity.
c. Contamination by industrial chemicals.
d. Contamination by natural toxicants.
e. Contamination by filth.
f. Microbiological contamination.
g. Over tolerance or unpermitted drug residues.

One more, Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 690.300 Canned Pet Food” states “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.”

 

     One commenter said that in the past many pets lived to be in their teens eating big pet feeds; have they changed that much?. The answer is YES, they have changed that much. The beginning of that change was in the late 1950’s when the AAFCO established a committee to oversee and establish regulations over pet food. Once upon a time, canned meat was the only pet food available. It was mostly horse meat, but it didn’t contain a list of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. A lot of those same pets were routinely fed table scraps as well. Mommy remembers her grandmother throwing out left overs to the barn cats and strays and even to the house poodle, who lived to be 19 years old. Her name was Pepper, and she never ate kibble.

 

Design and Intention of Teeth:

 

     If you look at your kitty’s teeth, you’ll notice almost all of them are pointed. They’ve been designed to rip and tear meat, skin, muscle, bone, tendons, etc., not chew. A cow on the other hand, has flat teeth like humans. Those teeth are meant to chew food before it gets digested. Often you’ll notice kitty’s regurgitated food looks much like it did in kitty’s plate. That’s because kitties basically swallow their food whole. They don’t have the ability to chew it up. Kitties were never intended to eat pellets or kibble.

 

 

Raena gets loving while laying in mommy A's lap with her mouth open in a yawn p selfieThese teethies are made fur ripping and tearing, not chewing.

 

 

 

Vit. K (Menadione) and Fish:

 

     We received a question with regard to Vitamin K and fish. The question: Vit. K (Menadione: the only approved source and is toxic to humans and animals) is required by the AAFCO to be added to any food containing 25% or more of fish even though it’s dangerous and can cause illness and/or death. Is that why we don’t/are against eat(ing) fish? The answer isn’t quite as simple as yes. Until recent years we weren’t aware of the dangers of Vitamin K, but still didn’t eat fish. Certainly now that we know, it plays a factor in our choice.

 

     However, mommy never liked to feed fish because she didn’t think it was truly part of a kitty’s proper diet, given that most cats have an aversion to water. The fish used in cat food is generally a cheap substitution for a better meat and brought on by it’s addictive nature by pet food companies trying to sway pet parents from feeding table scraps and human foods. And yes, even when she was feeding kibble or canned pet feed, she stayed away from fish. Long ago when she was a Vet tech, the Vet she worked for told her that fish was a horrible food for cats and caused illnesses because it lacked the proper nutrients. Mommy says most cats left to their own devices aren’t out fishing (there are some wildcats that do fish, but they also hunt land prey as the bulk of their diet). We should also take into account the pollutants and carcinogens found in wild fish and more so in farm raised fish when making decisions about feeding fish to our cats. Occasional fish might be okay, but it shouldn’t make up the bulk of any kitties diet. 

  

Dezi sits pretty profile full face

 

 

 

We’re gonna wrap fur today, but don’t furget to get your questions in. We’ve got a few more questions on this topic we’ll be discussing next week. Ifin you’ve missed any post in this mini-series or our Service Cat series you can check them out by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. As we do each week, we’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.

 

Till the next time………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Tell All Tuesday: Raw Boost #ChewyInfluencer

Hey everypawdy, it’s me RaenaBelle, comin’ to ya’ live from the Three Belles Ranch. Ya’ know, I’s been thinkin’ and wonderin’, am I’s really live ifin you’re not readin’ this till next week or even next year? 

 

Dezi sits on cat tree and Raena on perch looking out door

 

 

 

          Ya’ know Raena, sometimes you think and wonder too much. Sometimes, you just have to let things be. 

 

Raena profile selfie

 

 

 

But sissy, mommy says it’s good to think things over and make sense of stuffs.   

 

 

 

          Yeah Raena, but that’s fur mommy to do, not us. We live a life of luxury, bein’ waited on paw and paw. Our job is to lounge and nap and help mommy when she needs us. It’s her job to think and wonder and figger things out. Another of our jobs is to try out new foods and stuffs. Like the Instinct Raw Boost Mixers we got from Chewy this month. They come in both cat and dog formulas. Fur us kitties they have chicken and  our favorite protein and the one we tried, rabbit. They come in a 6 oz. bag fur $11.99 – $12.27. The doggies have bigger bags. We’ll never unnerstand why companies make such small sizes fur us kitties. It just ain’t fair.  

 

Instinct Raw Boost Mixers,

 

 

 

Ain’t that the truth sissy?. At least they have rabbit. Let’s see what Chewy has to say ‘bout ‘em. 

 

 

Key Benefits

  • All-natural, minimally-processed, real raw nutrition makes an excellent topper to kibble.

  • Made with protein-packed, farm-raised rabbit and pork organs plus non-GMO fruits and vegetables.

  • Raw, whole-food ingredients are freeze dried to gently remove the moisture and lock in nutrients and flavor.

  • Supports proper digestion, a healthy coat and skin, and energy and vitality with the finest ingredients from around the world.

  • Made in the USA with no grain, potato, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meal or artificial colors or preservatives.

Ingredients

Rabbit (including Ground Rabbit Bone), Pork, Pork Liver, Pumpkinseeds, Carrots, Apples, Butternut Squash, Rabbit Liver, Rabbit Kidney, Rabbit Lung, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Mixed Tocopherols, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Dried Chicory Root

Caloric Content

3,697 kcal/kg, 12 kcal/tablespoon

 

Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

 

 

 

          A purretty decent ingredient list, but the daily feedin’ recommendation is 1Tbsp fur every 5 lbs.. Really? Let me tell ya’, we’d be some really emaciated kits ifin all we got was 3 Tbsp of food a day. But, these do say “mixers”, so they’re s’posed to be added to food and not fed as a balanced diet. We also get a little peeved when we read “Made in the USA” but the purroduct contains ingredients from other countries. C’mon, what happened to truth in advertising? Okay, quit laffin’ and pick yourself up off the floor. That question was totally rhetorical.

 

Dezi eats freeze dried raw food

 

 

 

          Let’s do the taste test and see how the rabbit mixers faired. They have a small pellet shape and fur the most pawrt are a good size. Mommy could easily break the larger pieces into smaller bites, and they soak up water or broth purretty well. As you can see by the fotos, they didn’t make me turn away from me’s plate and me ate most of the pellets on me’s plate. Which by the way, was more than 1 1/2 Tbsp. (half the daily recommended amount). Me did leave a few, and it’s not like me to leave food on me’s plate. But, overall, me gives ‘em 3 paws up. 

 

Dezi eats while Raena licks lips

 

 

 

Kittens sissy, are you in a mood. I’s agree with ya’, but still…Anyways, even tho’ mommy cut off half mine’s face, clearly you can see that I’s ate mine’s dinner too. I’s fur sure think they should come in a larger size, but overall, I’s give ‘em 3 paws up too. Mommy agrees with all our points and said she gave ‘em a thumb up as well. They don’t contain any of those questionable ingredients, and we gladly eat ‘em, so that makes her happy. Price wise, they’re purretty much on paw with other freeze dried foods. Ifin you’re lookin’ fur a way to add some healthier food to your kitty or woofies diet, these mixers just might be what you’re lookin’ fur.

 

As always, we luvs shoppin’ with Chewy. They have purroducts fur the whole family, great customer service peeps and speedy furee shippin’ on all orders of $49.00 and above. They also offur speedy flat rate shippin’ on all other orders. And, you can save an additional 5% by settin’ up an auto delivery program. Don’t worry, you can always skip, cancel or delay at any time. And Chewy has the bestest boxes.

 

This is a sponsored post. We received the Instinct Mixers in exchange for our honest opinion. As always, we tell it like we see it. And, we only bring products we use or have tried and believe would be of interest to you, our readers and friends. 

 

Dezi sits in chewy box

 

 

 

          Yeah, me does luv a good box Raena. And with Chewy’s speedy shippin’, you might be able to get a last minute Christmas gift ifin ya’ shop now. 

 

Raena sits on cat tree looking up

 

 

 

Maybe we should do some shoppin’ sissy. You know, the window kind. Anyways, we need to finish our brekky and get in a nice little nap. See ya’ll soon. 

 

Till the next time………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!   

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses  

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

Tell All Tuesday: Who’s Eating What #ChewyInfluencer

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Can you believe it? It’s almost Christmas!!! I’s just can’t wait. In t’ween tryin’ to ketch up on our visits, take care of mommy and nap, we’ve been shoppin’ hard fur the bestest gifts to put on our big Gift Guide next week. And yes, we’ve got ideas fur the whole family, men included…and no, they’re not ties, socks or underwear. Mommy said I’s needed to meow that so you all won’t worry. Ya’ know, cuz what could a house of girly’s know ’bout gifts fur men, right?. Sissy? Are ties, socks and underwear not good gifts? 

 

Dezi sits on scratcher watching Raena play in chewy box

 

 

 

          No Raena, there’s nuffin’ wrong with those things as gifts, but they’re not very creative. It’s like the gift one gives when they don’t know what else to think of. 

 

Hmmmmpht  Well, I’s can tell ya’ after seein’ some of the holes in mommy’s socks and drawers, I’s know she was thrilled with the new socklets awnty Cindy just sent her. Anyways, we didn’t pick any fur the menfolk. You’ll just have to stop by and check out the guide. We think we’ve got some pawsum picks that just ‘bout anypawdy would be happy to receive. 

 

          Me totally agrees Raena. But, that’s next week; today we need to tell everypawdy ‘bout this new food we tried the other day. 

 

We did sissy? I’s don’t ‘member tryin’ it, did you? 

 

Dezi and Raena eat out of their new dishes

 

 

 

          Uh, well, why don’t we get to that pawrt after we tell everypawdy ‘bout the basics. Like, mommy would purrfur that we could eat a variety of things, at least every once in a while. You know, ya’ just never know what might happen in the future, so it’s always good fur us kitties to have at least a couple of options so we don’t have to go hungry. As most of ya’ know, we eat freeze dried raw. 

 

Mommy would purrfur we eat all raw sissy.  

 

          That’s true Raena. But, mommy is happy enuff that we eat freeze dried raw, so she doesn’t push us…least not yet. Anyways, she would like to find a couple of quality canned foods that we could eat just in case. 

 

In case of what sissy? 

 

Miko poultry variety pack cat food

 

 

 

          Uh…Don’t ask me, me just knows she would like it. So, when Chewy offured to let us try the Miko Grain free Poultry and Tuna Variety Pack, she jumped on it. Let’s see what Chewy has to say ‘bout Miko.  

 

Key Benefits

  • Real chicken, turkey or tuna are the first ingredients for the animal protein needed to support healthy muscles, packed in a delicate consommé.

  • Complete and balanced meal in every can with added vitamins, minerals and taurine, an amino acid that’s essential to feline heart and vision health.

  • Made without any grains, wheat, corn, soy or carrageenan for a meal you can feel good about feeding your feline friend.

  • Delicious consommé is made with real broth to help provide healthy hydration to daily meals.

  • Crafted with real ingredients you can recognize, and comes in a variety of delicious recipes and textures cats love.

Ingredients
Chicken & Turkey Recipe: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Glycine Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenic, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin Supplement.
Chicken Recipe: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Sunflower Oil, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Glycine Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenic, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin Supplement.
Chicken & Vegetable Recipe: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Sunflower Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Reduced iron, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Glycine Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenic, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin Supplement.
Tuna & Tilapia Recipe: Tuna, Fish Broth, Seabream, Tilapia, Sunflower Oil, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc oxide, Reduced iron, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Sulfate Monohydrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Glycine Complex, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K).
Caloric Content
Chicken & Turkey Recipe: 959 kcal/kg, 81 kcal/3 oz can
Chicken Recipe: 920 kcal/kg, 78 kcal/3 oz can
Chicken & Vegetables Recipe: 949 kcal/kg, 80 kcal/3 oz can
Tuna & Tilapia Recipe: 938 kcal/kg, 79 kcal/3 oz can

 

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The ingredient list doesn’t look too bad. The variety pack, 12) 3 oz. cans comes in poultry and tuna or seafood and chicken for $14.99. You can also buy them in single flavor packs for the same price. As you can see from our fotos, the contents of the can look like shredded or pulled meat in water/oil. There’s purrlenty of juice in the cans. Mommy says the juice contains some oil based on it’s appearance. She also said that the longer it was on the plate, it appeared to oxidize. Three hours after opening the can and putting it out, the liquid had the appearance of dirty dishwater. I’s sniffed it from afar, but wouldn’t go near it. Furthermore, I’s wouldn’t touch mine’s regular food either till it was removed from mine’s mat. 

 

Dezi and Raena check out the Miko cat food

 

 

 

          As you can see by me’s foto, me did check it out and then me looked over at Raena’s pawtion, just to see ifin hers might have looked better or somethin’. Me sniffed it a few times and then ate me’s regular dinner. It smelled kind’a funny. Me would have normally at least lapped up the juice, but this one just wasn’t fur me. 

 

 

Raena looks at dinner and Miko cat food Uh, you need to move that stuffs so I’s can eat mine’s dinner now.

 

 

 

 

Me either sissy. And the fish formula’s have the bad vit. K ingredient, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex. Since we don’t eat fish, this wasn’t a very big concern fur us, but should be fur the fish eaters. While this food doesn’t make the cut in our house, Chewy has purrlenty of things that do, and at great prices. They have pawsum customer service peeps and free speedy shipping on all orders of $49.00 and more. There’s a low flat rate shipping charge for all other orders. And they have products for the whole family.

 

 

Dezi peeks out from a chewy box

 

 

 

          Don’t furget some of the greatest boxes ever. While you’re there, check out the holiday shop. Ya’ just might find a gift or two to put unner the Christmas tree.  

 

Raena peaking out of a chewy box

 

 

 

We need to check out the Christmas shop ourselves sissy. Anyways, let’s get outta here and do some shoppin’ fur our Gift Guide. We’ve got a few more gifts to choose. 

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!  

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee

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