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Which kibble to Chose For Your Pet

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With so many varieties of pet food on the market and brands claiming to be premium or natural which one should you chose for your pet?

Being a caring pet parent you probably think that choosing the most expensive kibble whether it's natural, premium, grain free, for over-weight etc. is the right way to go. Sadly, that's not the case.

The real number one rule when choosing a pet food is...

Ignore everything on the front of the packaging and turn straight to the back for the ingredients listing.


Why ignore the front? - It's all marketing blurb to encourage you to buy buy buy and not necessarily 

                                          1) Giving you the truth at first glance, or 

                                          2) Supporting the well-being and health of your cat or dog.


No form of kibble is ever natural or good for your pet. No matter how many different ways companies name their products or put claims on the front of the packet, no dried food is good for your pet's diet or health. Therefore, ignore everything on the front and go straight for the ingredients, ever time, even with your own food. 

Always check out the first three or five ingredients on the list. 

These top listings will give you a real clue as to what actual food makes up the bulk of what your pet is eating.


How to Read Ingredients on Your Pet Food


Four examples of dog food products currently on the market.

  • Proplan Premium - The front packaging says "Feed and Protect Health". The first five ingredients are chicken meat, rice malt, chicken by-product flour, corn gluten, wheat.

  • Natural Meat - The front packaging says "Nutritionally balanced" the first five ingredients are Wheat, chicken flour, corn germ, corn gluten, peas.

  • Whole Earth Farms: The package on the front says "With chicken and salmon, goodness from the earth". The first ingredients are: chicken and salmon meat, barley and / or oatmeal, chicken viscera flour, rice.

  • Authentica Pets  - The front packaging claims "Gourmet Pet Food, Natural Raw Product, Beef & Butternut Squash".  The first 5 ingredients are...Beef, Seasonal Vegetables (Butternut Squash, Spinach, Carrot, Peas), Beef Heart.


Three examples of cat food products currently on the market.

  • Royal Canin Regular Fit. The front packaging says, "Optimum nutrition for adult cats with access to the outside". The first five ingredients are...Chicken by-product flour, corn, rice, corn gluten, chicken and /or pork liver hydrolysate​.

  •  Ultra Premium Nutrique. The front packaging says, "For Sterilised healthy weight cats, with Turkey, prebiotics and  probioticos". The first five ingredients are... Turkey meal, dried pork liver hydrolysate, rice, brown rice, powedered cellulose.

  • Authentica Pets. The front packaging says "Salmon & Sardines for Cats, Natural Raw Product". The first five ingredients are...Salmon, Squash, Sardines, Eggs, Spinach.


What do you understand about the ingredients? 

Which one do you think gives your pet the real nutrition it actually needs?​

​If you look at any kibble ingredients listing irrespective of what is marked on the front of the packet, you'll find that a lot are full of cheap ingredients such as by-products, rice, wheat etc. and that kibble contains very little moisture that your pet needs to obtain from it's food. Moisture in food is essential to your cat and dog as they can't physically drink all that they need to consume just from water alone.

Grains, Corns, wheats, rice and glutens are commonly added to pet food to bulk the food out, keep ingredient costs cheap and nutritional requirements to a minimum for survival. People are under the misconception that these products are healthy for their pet and that alternative forms of feeding such as raw or cooked are bad. 

The carbohydrates in pet food get converted into sugars which do your pet NO good at all. All kibbles are high in starch and or sugar. 

The reason they have such a big impact on your pet's health is that your pet's digestive system is not designed to consume carbohydrates or processed foods. Unlike humans, cats and dogs have short digestive tracts so they need foods that their bodies can actively digest and use as resources for the health of their organs.

Where the ingredients are of a better quality in kibble, for example organic or grain free etc. the kibble still contains a high carbohydrate content and the heavy processing of theses ingredients to make it kibble kills off any proper nutrition so manufacturers needs to add it back in artificially. 

ultimately, the kibble is left with proteins that have been denatured, enzymes that are rendered inactive, and any natural, beneficial microflora (good bacteria) are no longer viable.  Commercial kibbles not only harbor harmful toxins, they are also stripped of much of their nutrient value, becoming a "dead" food product for your cat or dog.(1)

Basically the consumption of un-real food i.e kibble and processed wet food, means your pet's body misses out on the opportunity to use real food for the correct digestion and the absorption of nutrients from the food.

The best way to determine what your pet is really eating is to read the ingredients list, or better still, avoid feeding your cat or dog processed foods such as Kibble.  

Real food is natural and awesome for your cat or dog and real food doesn't need an ingredient list or leave you confused about what your pet is eating or the quality.


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