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How Much Corn Is In Meow Mix Dry Food?

Discussion in 'Cat Nutrition' started by DrizzleOfSalt, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. DrizzleOfSalt

    DrizzleOfSalt Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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  2. Kieka

    Kieka Snowshoe Servant Staff Member Forum Helper

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    A lot.

    US Ingredients:
    WHOLE GROUND CORN, SOYBEAN MEAL, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, BEEF TALLOW (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS), ANIMAL DIGEST, TURKEY BY-PRODUCT MEAL, SALMON MEAL, OCEAN FISH MEAL, PHOSPHORIC ACID, CALCIUM CARBONATE, L-LYSINE MONOHYDROCHLORIDE, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, SALT, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (COLOR), VITAMINS (VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT, D-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE COMPLEX (SOURCE OF VITAMIN K ACTIVITY), VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN), MINERALS (FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC OXIDE, MANGANOUS OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, CALCIUM IODATE, SODIUM SELENITE), TAURINE, DL-METHIONINE, YELLOW 6, YELLOW 5, LACTIC ACID, RED 40, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, BLUE 2, ROSEMARY EXTRACT.

    In America the company's don't have to list percentage but ingredients are listed in order of the percentages. There are 9 ingredients before you get to the vitamins and additives that are likely less then 10% of the food combined. So corn and soybean meal being listed as the first two likely means they make up more than 25% of the food but I'd guess more like 25% each. You may be able to call the company and get a straight answer.

    But I don't like Meow Mix so I may be over estimating that. Soybean meal I group with corn because it is a cheap plant based protein additive. Likely added to up their protein to an acceptable level to be recognized as a complete cat food. However, cats don't process plant based proteins well, if at all, so it is artificial. Plus all those artificial colors? By products in dry food? Animal digest? I really have a problem with it. It's just bad, my girl was fed Meow Mix before I got her and she was barely over a pound at four months old, her coat was sparse and course, and her poop was like orange chalk. Whatever money is saved feeding Meow Mix is countered by the amount of food the cat has to eat to feel and stay full honestly if you are looking at it as an option.
     
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  3. duckpond

    duckpond TCS Member Top Cat

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    Im thinking Corn chips now :)
     
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  4. Neo_23

    Neo_23 TCS Member Top Cat

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    There’s no way to know for sure without contacting the company but given that it’s the first ingredient you can be sure that there’s more corn in it than anything else.
     
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  5. Kieka

    Kieka Snowshoe Servant Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Just noticed corn gluten meal as the fourth. I'd said corn/plant based product make up at lest 30-40% of the food if not 50%.
     

  6. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

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    The fact that you have to ask that means there is too much. Any amount is too much. Its awful food.
     
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  7. DrizzleOfSalt

    DrizzleOfSalt Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Thank you all!
    I can now show my family how Meow Mix is bad.
     
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  8. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

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    Don't just say "See it is bad!" tell them why. Tell them cats are strict carnivores. They do not need corn, vegetables and grains and really anything but meat. Improper diet can lead to many illnesses and obesity. Food like this isn't made of quality, filling ingredients and they cat will just eat and eat as their nutritional needs are not being met, getting fat, and obesity leads to diabetes. Diabetes is EXPENSIVE to treat fyi. Just no reason to feed them this terrible type of dry food. Really a cat doesn't need dry at all so try to talk them into buying your cats canned. Friskies Classic and Fancy Feast Classics even are very low carb foods and tend to be more affordable. Your cat will thank you in the long run.
     
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  9. zunarj5

    zunarj5 TCS Member Kitten

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    Personally, I don't trust the cheap supermarket brands like Meow Mix and 9 Lives. You'd be paying for grain fillers they can't digest. Grain-free food costs more, but about the same amount of nutrition is absorbed in a smaller amount of food. Plus the cats generally like them better. It's a win-win.

    And I have no problem with adding a little dry food to their diet, as long as it's the good stuff and they have access to clean water at all times. A few tablespoons of high quality dry food per day in addition to the can of wet adds almost nothing in cost.
     
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