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Author Topic: "Meat first" pet foods  (Read 2155 times)
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Spartycats
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« on: March 16, 2012, 06:06:06 AM »

I'd love to get your opinions of this article:

http://www.petfoodindustry.com/Avoiding_mineral_excesses_for_optimal_pet_nutrition.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 07:03:47 AM »

For the average pet owner?  confusing.  Meat-first diet isn't as good as....what, a vegetable first diet?  a processed food  first diet?  Which foods are the worst, which are the best?  The science may be good, but it's written in a manner that turns the average reader away and it offers no real option at the end.  They lost me after the second paragraph and the end was no help.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 09:07:39 AM »

I immediately wondered if there is a connection to any pet food manufacturers so I pulled up the Novus website, the author of the article is a manager and researcher there.  

The company history says that Novus was originally a division of Monsanto.  It was sold and is now owned by Mitsui & Co. and Nippon Soda Co.  Undecided   They supply nutrition products, such as methionine, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, enzymes, trace minerals, etc, to the pet food manufacturers and supply chain ingredient suppliers.

I'm confused, too.  Is the article suggesting that high percentages of meat is not necessary in food that contains their nutritional additives and supplements?  

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http://www.novusint.com/en/Market-Segments/Companion-Animals

http://www.novusint.com/en/About-Novus/Company-History

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 04:12:44 PM »

Before I read the article I thought it might be a discussion of meat vs meat meal in dry food. But it just sounds like the usual spin to make iffy pet food ingredients sound better. I know everyone can't raw or homecook feed, but any amount of real food you can add to a commercial diet will help. Dogs & cats natural diets didn't need supplementation, chelated or not.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 06:28:21 PM »

It seems that this article to primarily directed to pet food manufacturers in an effort to encourage them to use this company's supplements, which, I suppose, are chelated to avoid the issues that are discussed in the article.   Huh
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 07:14:23 PM »

What I don't like about the article, is that it doesn't give any clues as to what their saying the diet should consist of. In fact, you could formulate a home-made diet to be lower in Ca and P and those minerals in question. You would have to choose the right meats and feed them in the right "format" (cooked or raw) to get the levels you wanted. And really, do you think the selenium and iron is naturally occurring in any of these pet foods? They're making it sound like all of the elements in question are there because of the meat in the diets, when they are actually adding more of these elements into the food. So, if there is such concern, cut back on that. Reformulate. It isn't rocket science.
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