Resources: Letting the cat out of the bag — how to feed your carnivore
January 28, 2011 6 Comments
Cat parents are being assaulted on all fronts when it comes to figuring out what to feed their furry kids. Between an ongoing litany of food recalls and the assault of commercial pet food marketers, it’s impossible to figure out what’s best.
Best advice? Do your homework. The Internet is a treasure trove of resources, both good and questionable. Learn about pet food ingredients, read between the lines of marketers’ messages, and evaluate the needs of your cats. If you choose to make your cat’s food, learn how to do it correctly.
Here is a list of resources to get you going. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Little Big Cat (Dr. Jean Hofve’s web site): http://www.littlebigcat.com
Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition (Dr. Lisa Pierson): http://www.catinfo.org
Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins’ web site: www.yourdiabeticcat.com, plus her book Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life
“The carnivore connection to nutrition in cats” by Dr. Debra Zoran: http://www.catinfo.org/zorans_article.pdf
“What’s Really in Pet Food?” (a widely known paper on pet food and the industry that is regularly updated, originally published by the Animal Protection Institute, now Born Free USA; lots of resources there as well): http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1
Dr. Karen Becker’s website: http://healthypets.mercola.com/
Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs: A Science-Based Guide for Pet Owners: http://dels.nas.edu/Materials/Booklets/Cat-Nutrition
An article from the Journal of Experimental Biology on what cats would choose to eat: http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/full/214/6/1039
Evolutionary Nutrition for the Cat: EvolutionaryNutritionCats.pdf
The Feline Nutrition Education Society: www.feline-nutrition.org
Tracy Dion’s http://catcentric.org/ has lots of information on raw diets and food comparisons.
The American Veterinary Medical Association maintains information on pet food recalls going back to 2009: http://www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls/default.asp
Pertains to dogs, but addresses the same issues I’ve discussed here:
Tracie Hotchner’s Dog Talk and Cat Chat at www.traciehotchner.com
A good, single source to compare pet food ingredients: www.petfooddirect.com
Plus, a good article on reading labels: http://www.petfooddirect.com/blog/2010/04/understanding-pet-food-labels/
The Truth About Dry Cat Food from Blakkatz (Michelle Bernard): http://www.blakkatz.com/dryfood.html
An article about corn in dog food:
Pet Food Ingredients Revealed: Lisa Newman, N.D., PhD, and Mike Adams
Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine by Marion Nestle (University of California Press)
The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier (new updated version)
The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care by Celeste Yarnell and Dr. Jean Hofve
The Ultimate Pet Food Guide by Liz Palika
Analysis of Toxic Trace Metals in Pet Foods Using Cryogenic Grinding and Quantitation by ICP-MS, Part 1
Analysis of Toxic Trace Metals in Pet Foods Using Cryogenic Grinding and Quantitation by ICP-MS, Part 2: http://digital.findanalytichem.com/nxtbooks/advanstar/spectroscopy0211/index.php#/48