Pet Food labels must provide more clarity to Cat Guardians

Hi everyone,

As many of you know we are always on the look-out for high quality cat food for our two feline royalties and while we always take care to find the best it’s not always that easy to make sense of the labels on cat food!

Many pet food companies use confusing but accepted industry to terms to mystify what’s actually in the food!

Labelling manufacturer Data Label has partnered with McAdams PetFoods to try and clarify some of the terms that are commonly used and help pet owners in demystifying the labels.

As part of this partnership they’ve created a handy infographic to help make sense of current labelling terms. We’ve created a slightly amended (basically just catified version of it as the original one used dog images 😉 ) for you guys below.


Of course the labels don’t just impact our feline friends but other pets as well and for those of you that have dogs as well as cats you might want to check out the call-out clearer labelling with the original Data Label infographic on Dogs Monthly.

So how many of you feel confident that they know what’s in the food they buy? Which brands do you find have the clearest and most honest labelling at the moment?

Help us spread the word to push the industry to produce clearer labels and shows those that have already applied these best practices that they are doing the right thing for consumers and pets alike.

Thanks,

Marc

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22 thoughts on “Pet Food labels must provide more clarity to Cat Guardians

  1. Great article! Purrseidon & Mr. M do a product review for Chewy every month, and my first criteria for what I choose for them to review is if it was made in the USA… my 2nd is picking something I think they will like.

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  2. Great post! I always find the pet food labels really confusing. I understand that cats need a high percentage of meat in their diets, being obligate carnivores. It’s the meat meal, animal derivatives etc that confused me.
    We feed Applaws dry food, with the occasional Applaws wet food. Checking it now, I see its highest ingredient is meat meal, so am wondering if we should revert back to Arden Grange biscuits, which we used to feed?
    Does anybody with nutrition knowledge have any advice?

    1. Arden Grange is good. I’ve not fed Applaus dry but I can vouch for their wet food being really good!

  3. The only way to know the contents of the food 100% is to prepare it yourself. Cooking for the cat? Yes, of course. We’re way past the point of insanity, and we have been cooking for our cats for years. Buy chicken in bulk (we go to Costco they are under $1 per pound) and we use chicken thighs on the bone with skin on. Bake them “naked” (unseasoned) skin side up at 350 F / 180 C for about an hour or until juices run clear. Let cool and finely shred, mix in the chicken fat/juices from the pan. Portion out the chicken in resealable plastic bags. We use small snack size bags for individual portions and we freeze the majority of the chicken so it stays fresh. Thaw frozen cooked chicken overnight in the fridge the night before you know you need more. Is our family crazy? Absolutely. But, in a good way.
    ~Grace (and family)

    1. That’s not crazy at all. That’s just looking after your family! Ours unfortunately refuse to eat freshly cooked fish or chicken… it has to come out of a tin or bag (crazy cats). I even tried fake tins LOL

  4. hello katzenworld its dennis the vizsla dog hay it wood be wunderful if theez laybels cud tel peepul wot is akchooally in the fud insted of trying to cover it up!!! i say if kompaneez try to avoyd having kleer laybeling then their is probly a reezun!!! ok bye

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