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Cat Food -Does Your Cat’s Food Contain These Dangerous Ingredients?

By Virginina Sutherland

Most of us believe that when we buy food for our precious feline, it is good, healthy, nutritious food. But guess again! Finding a high quality food for your cat can be a bit tricky amongst the expert marketers of cat food all trying to get you as a customer by using words such as “approved by top vets” “Wholesome” “nutritious” not to mention deceptive labeling practices making it appear that “meat” is the number one ingredient.

There are many ingredients found in cat food that do not belong there. They have no value to your cat, instead they can be downright detrimental.

While the pet food conglomerates want you to believe that grains are “wholesome” for your cat or dog, they are implicated with a long range of health problems. Not to mention grains have no part of the diet that our magnificent felines have evolved on for the past few millions of years.

The use of corn is a very bad addition to your cat’s or dog’s food. It causes allergic reactions and acts as an irritant to the bowel. Possibly a problem of an even greater magnitude is the fact the corn has a high glycemic index.

What that means is that after the cat eats a meal that contains corn, her blood sugar level rises. Cats have different metabolic pathways than humans do, and do not have the necessary enzymes to handle the onslaught of sugar in their blood stream. While humans get their energy from sugar,cats get their energy from animal protein.

In the wild cats consume approximately 3-5% of their diet as carbohydrates. Commercial kibble containing corn contains from 30-60% carbohydrates.

After a meal of corn containing kibble, the cat will have a spike in blood sugar. Cats do not release insulin after eating carbs, cats release insulin after eating protein, thus are inefficient lowering the blood sugar.

Constant spikes in blood sugar levels are taxing on vital organs such as liver and kidneys and taxing on the endocrine system. The end result is not infrequently insulin dependent feline diabetes.

Corn is also a culprit in feline obesity. Cats do not register full after consuming carbs. Cats register full after having consumed the required amounts of protein. In order to satisfy the need for protein your cat has to eat more of the inferior, grain containing kibble.

Finding a grain free food for your pet should be on the top of your list. Today there are grain free canned foods and even grain free kibble.

Start looking today for a brand of food that contains no corn, no wheat and no soy. Your furry friend will thank you.

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Sutherland, Virginina "Cat Food -Does Your Cat’s Food Contain These Dangerous Ingredients?." Cat Food -Does Your Cat’s Food Contain These Dangerous Ingredients?. 17 Feb. 2009. 6 Aug 2014 <>.

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Sutherland, V (2009, February 17). Cat Food -Does Your Cat’s Food Contain These Dangerous Ingredients?. Retrieved August 6, 2014, from

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Sutherland, Virginina "Cat Food -Does Your Cat’s Food Contain These Dangerous Ingredients?"

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