Is Your Cat Getting More and More Chubby?

This is Raja, our overweight cat!

Raja started out a reasonably svelte 12 lbs when we got her from a local shelter at age 7. Then, barely 2 years later, she was up to a hefty 15 lbs!

Diet cat foods were no help. Then, I happened to read a book: "Your Cat, Simple New Secrets To A Longer, Stronger Life" and it changed everything.

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2011-02-02

Major Brand Lo-Carb Wet Cat Food - 2011 Update

Low or No Carb Cat FoodWell, it's a new year and of course Fancy Feast decided to "improve" their wet foods. Unfortunately, the improvements mean there are even fewer low carbohydrate choices than before for this reasonably priced brand.

(Why do company's improvements almost always inconvenience us, their customers? Hmmm, might be a good subject for another blog!)

Back in 2007, I reported 17 varieties of Fancy Feast wet cat food that contained 10% or fewer carbs (dry weight basis) and had decent ingredients.

This year, I'm sad to report, the makers of Fancy Feast have reformulated many of their flavors and now only 12 varieties meet the acceptable carbohydrate/quality criteria.

To Review, Here's a List of Healthy Canned Cat Food Criteria:

  • First two ingredients must be some form of meat, and NOT meat or fish by-products. (by-products are poor sources of protein and should not be the main ingredients in any quality cat food.)
  • No corn or corn meal in the list of ingredients. Corn has a high-glycemic index which means it is too readily converted to sugar in the body... VERY high in unnecessary and dangerous carbohydrates.
  • No rice, or other grains in the first 5 ingredients. (Same problem... too easily converted to sugar & too high in carbohydrates.)
  • No bone meal or bone phosphorous in list of ingredients. (Bone meal and bone phosphorous may contain harmful and poisonous chemicals.)
  • Actual dry-matter carbohydrates 10% or less. (To determine dry matter amounts for all important nutrients, please refer to: How to Read Cat Food Labels to Find Healthy Lo-Carb Cat Foods in this blog.)
  • Ideal Guaranteed Analysis protein: 8.8% or higher; ideal Guaranteed Analysis fat: 5.5% or higher.
    Note: It is almost impossible to get protein and fat in these exact percentages in the same canned food. That's why it's important to mix brands or flavors to be sure your cat gets adequate protein and fat in the long run.
  • Limit feeding of canned food with fish ingredients to no more than 3 days per week. (Most fish contains mercury which is poisonous to your cat.)
    NOTE: Be vigilant when reading cat food labels. I was surprised to find that some non-fish flavors of canned food contained fish somewhere in the ingredient list. This is ok, but just be sure to limit feeding of fish-containing foods to 3 times per week to be safe.

And, Here is the NEW 2011 List Of Fancy Feast Lower Carb Wet Food Flavors:


Fancy Feast Canned Cat Food
($.60 / 3 oz. can at WalMart; also at Petco and PetSmart)
Healthy Varieties: Fish = 8, Other Meat = 4

Guaranteed Analysis
Fancy Feast Canned FoodProtein %Fat %Fiber %Moisture %Ash %Total Guaranteed Analysis %CarbsActual Carbs % (dry matter basis)
Classic Chicken1151.578398.51.57%
Classic Salmon & Shrimp1141.5783.59829%
Classic Savory Salmon1141.5783.59829%
Classic Seafood1231.5783.59829%
Classic Tender Beef1141.5783.59829%
Classic Turkey & Giblets1151.578398.51.57%
Flaked Chicken & Tuna143.51.5783.5100.500%
Flaked Fish & Shrimp17.521.578310200%
Flaked Salmon & Ocean Whitefish1431.5783.7100.200%
Flaked Trout1441.5783.7101.200%
Flaked Tuna1431.5783.510000%
Flaked Tuna & Mackerel143.51.5783.5100.500%

NOTES:
  • The above low carb flavors also have decent ingredients (meat by-products listed as #3 ingredient or no meat by-products at all.)
  • I have created a Brand New Version of my free, handy "Cheat Card" with the above information. You can take it with you to the grocery or pet food store for a quick, easy reference. Click Here if you would like to download the free Cheat Card!!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously downloaded the "Cheat Card", please discard it and download the New 2011 Version Of the "Cheat Card".

The prior cheat card lists the old varieties of Fancy Feast and other brands as lo-carb, but they are not lo-carb anymore! Thanks.

Remember, if in doubt use the formula I listed in the blog entry: How to Read Cat Food Labels to Find Lo-Carb Cat Foods and check the ingredient list against the criteria noted in that post. It's the only way to keep your cat trim and avoid feline diabetes or other maladies.

Hopefully, your cat will find enough food in the list above to satisfy his/her palate. But, just in case, I will definitely be checking out store brands and specialty brands to see if I can find other choices for our cats...

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