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About Processed Pet Food

The pet-food industry has become a sidebar of the human food industry, with pet foods providing the convenient disposal of all of the byproducts and leftovers of the slaughterhouse and the mill and, indeed, all ‘food’ considered unfit for human consumption.The big multinationals have managed to recycle their own waste products and detritus into a $50 billion industry, a sleight of hand now largely responsible for a host of illnesses now experienced by cats and dogs.

It is no accident that the big players in the petfood industry have enjoyed a spate of major buy-outs by even bigger multinational players in the human foods market: Nestlé’s bought Purina; Mars, owned in turn by MasterFoods, bought Royal Canin; Colgate-Palmolive bought Hill’s Science Diet; and Procter & Gamble bought Iams. Some 80 per cent of the cat and dog food market is now controlled by these big four.

Most processed pet food is an amalgam of indigestible or inappropriate carbohydrates, altered or nutrient-deprived or even diseased meat, supplements and chemicals, with very little regulation of either the quality of food included or the dubious or misleading claims made by manufacturers.

WHAT KIND OF MEAT IS IN CONVENTIONAL PET FOODS?

Studies show that the meat your are feeding your companion animals are from farm animals fed genetically engineered food.  Research shows, for example, that rats fed GMO potatoes (Arpad Putzai)  bleed from the gut amongst other illnesses and hardships they endure. http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/GeneticRoulette/index.cfm

There are no regulations on the kind of ‘meat’ that makes its way into pet food. What meat there is (and most wet pet food is 75-per-cent water) can come from any source, including euthanized animals, roadkill and the socalled ‘4-D animals’ (dead, diseased, disabled or dying). Although manufacturers vehemently deny that dead companion animals are used in pet food, a US Center for Veterinary Medicine investigation, published in February 2002, found that half of the 75 dry-food specimens tested had detectable levels of sodium pentobarbital, the main drug used to put down dying pets.

DRY FOODS

Dry food is cooked at such high heat that it destroys much of the life and benefit of the food. All dry food consists of the rendered remains of animals once any meat has been removed (usually for human consumption). Carcasses of dead animals are skinned and deboned, and thenthe entire lot—bone, hooves,
feet, feathers, unborn babies, ligaments, organs and heads— is sausage-ground. Batch cookers then essentially ‘melt’ this unholy sludge at extremely
high temperatures of 100–132 degrees C (220–270 degrees. Fahrenheit), a process that destroys or alters enzymes and proteins. The resulting meat and bone is put through a press to squeeze out the moisture, and the remains are then pulverized into a thick grit, or ‘meal’.

Dry foods, blended with the aid of computer programmes to establish the correct amounts of protein, fats and carbohydrate, often include ingredients that are largely indigestible to animals. Most pet food, other than products that specifically claim to be pure meat of some variety, have as their main ingredients grains
and vegetable products—such as soybean meal, barley meal and corn gluten—to boost the protein content. Studies have discovered that a fair amount of soybean meal in a product adversely affects its digestibility in the small intestine in dogs, particularly of certain amino acids (Anim Feed Sci Technol, 2003; 109: 121–32); most problematic of all are whole soybean foods (Anim Feed Sci Technol, 2005; 12: 79–91).

The advent of dry commercial cat foods has done little to enhance the health of the domestic cat, but rather it has created a wide range of health issues including inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, urinary tract diseases, kidney disease, thyroid conditions, tooth decay and obesity. The heavily processed cat foods which are advertised as ‘wholesome’, are so completely devoid of essential nutrients, and so far removed from the cat’s original dietary regimen of wild prey, that it is nearly impossible for a cat to maintain optimal health for a lifetime.

Prior to human influence, one hundred and twenty million years of evolution shaped the cat into a very impressive predator. According to its’ physiology, with a short intestinal tract, sharp teeth and claws, and forward-focused eyes, the cat is the perfect hunter. In the wild, the cat’s diet consists of small rodents, birds, reptiles, and insects. It is classified as belonging to a family of flesh-eating, predaceous mammals. Except for a very minute quantity of seeds and green matter (which form the contents of the stomach and digestive system of the cat’s prey), it must be argued that a cat does not consume anything but meat, including bones, fur, feathers and internal organs. In its’ natural environment, the cat requires very little, if any, water. Amazingly, it relies almost exclusively on wild prey for hydration.

The cat has survived on this wild-prey diet is an understatement. The cat has thrived on this diet. It has re-produced, nurtured young and grown to a remarkably old age.

Studies  on Raw vs.conventional vs kibble.  Healthy Pet Newsletter.

Although we disagree on any diet except raw, this site has valuable information

Do you feed your pet ground beef (human grade) from the supermarket?  70% of this food has “pink slime”!  Watch Katie Couric

Dr. Becker:  How to Know If the Poultry in Your Pet’s Food Is Chicken… or Roadkill

Mike Adams, Natural News:

The true horrors of pet food revealed: Prepare to be shocked by what goes into dog food and cat food

Excerpt: Pet food manufacturers add dangerous preservatives and vitamin fortifications that actually make your pets’ food less healthy.

“Chicken by-products include head, feet, entrails, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, stomach, bones, blood, intestines, and any other part of the carcass not fit for human consumption,” writes Henry Pasternak in Healing Animals with Nature’s Cures. Ann M. Martin describes the process in Food Pets Die For: “At the rendering plant a machine slowly grinds the entire mess in huge vats. Then this product is cooked at temperatures between 220 degrees Fahrenheit and 270 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes to one hour. The mixture is centrifuged (spun at a high speed) and the grease (or tallow) rises to the top and it is removed from the mixture.  Read more…

 

 

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