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The Issue of Feline Nutrition


Often people will ask us, “Is this a good brand of cat food?” My answer is always the same, “Don’t tell me the brand, just show me the list of ingredients.” Understanding what corn gluten meal, beef tallow, taurine, beet pulp, etc. are, and what purpose they serve (positive or negative) in cat food, combined with knowing how marketing tricks are used, will empower anyone to make good nutritional choices for their cat(s). Who among us would raise our children on a constant diet of pizza and French fries, even though it probably could be done? Why not? Because while that would be cheaper and quicker, we all know the potential long-term health consequences of such food. Well, cats are no different.

In this session of Feline-Human Relations 101 we will examine the nutritional needs of cats and discuss the ingredients found in common brands of cat food on the market today. Our purpose is not to promote or denigrate one brand over another; rather, it is to educate our members enabling them to make informed choices. Participants are encouraged to bring their bag of dry and/or a can of wet food to this session to evaluate in real time what they currently are feeding.

During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.


PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative.

    April 22, 2010

  • Nancy P.

    The meeting was very worthwhile. I have a greater understanding of the ingredients in pet food and can share that info with others. I learned that beef tallow is sometimes used in pet food and in the old days was used to make candles. Doesn't sound very digestible. I already knew that corn, wheat and soy were terrible ingredients but the occasional corn gluten may be acceptable if it can't be avoided. Oatmeal as an ingredient is OK for sensitive stomachs and kittens probably shouldn't have beef.

    I learned that cats don't have the ability to synthesize taurine (humans and other animals do).

    I'm looking forward to more informative sessions. Very pleased to meet everyone!

    many meows, nancy purks

    April 18, 2010

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