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Input on this food?

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Newbie here! :D
I was looking at Naturals, with Vitamins and Minerals by Cat Chow. I normally don't use this for my cats, but was browsing what I can get them that works for our new hedgie, Puck also. It says the protien is 38% and the fat is at 13%. But chicken meal is the first ingredient.

There is also Iams Natural with Chicken, first ingredient is chicken, but the protien is at 33% and fat at 15%.
I have looked at the list posted, but I wan't sure if these would work also.

We just got Puck and he was being fed Iams Proactive Health with chicken, first ingredient is chicken, with 33% protien and 15 % fat. He seems fine on it, so I really don't know IF we should switch anything. Any input is welcome! Thanks! :)
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The thing with those bad foods is that an animal may seem fine on the food for ears and then develop kidney problems and die. It's better to do everything so the animal thrives instead of just seems fine.

A good rule of thumb when buying foods is stay away from any brand you can buy in the grocery store or wal-mart etc. Iams, Whiskas, Science Diet, Eukanuba etc. They are all bad and even if they have natural varieties that look better they usually are not better by much.
Snufflepuff: Science Diet as in

http://www.hillspet.com/products/scienc ... l-dry.html

With these Ingredients:

Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Brewers Rice, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Iodized Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

Chicken by-product is the first one! How is that good. That could mean beaks, or feet or FEATHERS!!! You have no idea what that is. As to drpepperheather's point that it may be what the animal eats in the wild, sure it might be a part of the chicken that is good for cats and is eaten in the wild, that would be parts like eyes, brain, stomach that we don't eat, but there is just no way to know what they've put in it. Also in the wild they are most certainly eating the whole animal so how is just having the by-product a good thing? Also hardly any animal digests corn well. Not even people. So the fact that it is the second ingredient really bothers me. This is the food you think is so great? It's good they are preserving with tocopherals instead of horrible chemicals but that's the only good thing I can see about this food.

I don't mean to upset you but I'm really passionate about my pets health. It upsets me that so called scientifically formulated foods can still have so much corn and other ingredients that don't make logical sense to put in food for animals that evolved as mainly carnivores. It's just common sense. If you were a carnivore would you eat corn? I don't get it at all.
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