Let's take a look at the ingredients in a typical can of cat food: meat by-products, chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, ash, taurine. Nothing too horrible, but in general, these things don't constitute a healthy human diet, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. "That said, I'm fully confident that your body can handle kitty chow."
Your liver, kidneys and skin do a terrific job of removing foreign substances from the body, especially mild ones like those found in cat food. "Technically, you could safely digest a baseball," Blatner says. Perhaps the worst stuff in cat food is the high mineral content in the ash, but your body would clear that out quickly.
Actually, the ingredients listed on the organic blends of cat food sound pretty tasty. Newman's Own canned beef formula uses only free-range beef from Uruguay, is 95 percent USDA-certified organic, and is chock-full of vitamins. Pass me a spoon, right? "Those are better," Blatner says, "but they too are developed with cat nutrition in mind and aren't formulated to keep humans healthy. It's OK to satisfy the occasional craving, but you shouldn't make it a staple of your regular diet. It's cat food for a reason."
but i will leave it up to my cat to eat it!
I read some time back that bush pilots carry a bag of dry catfood in case they are forced down in the wilderness.They like the fact it is light and dense in nutrition.
My X-wife put canned cat food in my dinner one night after I had won an argument. Chicken Vittles if memory serves. It was easy to tell it wasn't people food. There were small bits of ground up bone and an overall sort of slimy texture. I think "By Product" is the tip off there to tell you that these are things you wouldn't eat if you knew what part of the animal it really came from.
In case you are wondering, I never ate anything she ever made ever again never.
Phill dude your wife is crazzzzyyyy
I am unsure why this would be a question.
But I did check a box of dog biscuits - Berkely and Jensen -and there was a statement by the manufacturer - Not for human consumption.
Beyond the nutritional profile one needs to consider the sanitary standards of the manufacturing process.
I am reminded of the food outbreak associated with "cookie dough" ice cream where cake batter mix was used. The batter mix was not heat-treated as intended by the manufacturer. FDA sent out an advisory that foods intended to be heat-treated must be heat-treated (that is - cooked).
In this case, pet food is for pets. Just for the safety issue alone.
Newbeak5: Is it possible that those bush pilots with the cat food were members of San Antonio's famous Cat Pilot program?
Hi Paul: No,what I am referring to was definitely old time northern bush pilots,before the advent of freeze dried foods,I guess.The idea was to keep one's strength up until rescuers arrived.If you were hungry enough,cat food would hit the spot. The account I read said they used to stuff their pockets with feline fare before taking off.
"...meat by-products, chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, ash, taurine"
And this is different in what way, from hot dogs? Oh right. Hot dogs have more fat.
The article made me LOL but in theory so long as it does not contain any wheat gluten from china it should be safe.
Still it's probably not a good idea to start liking it as it's made for a cat's nutritional requirements.
Most pet food products contain meats "not suitable for human consumption", aka spoiled or of non-edible parts of animals. *barf*
As with any type of food, it depends on quality. Some cheaper brands are completely revolting but the more expensive ones are surprisingly good.
Legally, I'm pretty sure that off-the-shelf cat food cannot contain anything that could cause humans harm for obvious reasons (babies and so on).
And anyway in the grand scheme of evolution, it is a well-known fact that humans can process and digest raw meat and such other things if it has to.
I can recommend 'Sheba'.
Try it, it's good.
I have the heart of a child... I keep it in a jar on my desk.
You love your cat and you want them to have the best food, Fancy Feast Sensations has elevated cat food to human food status so now you can enjoy the same meal as your cat every night of the week.
Friskies is meow favorite! It's just purrrrrfect.
AGGhhghhshg hggg(sorry, fur ball).
My first hand info is that cat food smells better than it tastes, so unless you have to – don’t! If you have an inexplicable craving which you can’t ignore then open up a can of tuna instead.
really it is very intresting.i like it...
I don't think my cat will ever let me share his food. And I really doubt I would want to. Ever.
I LOVE FANCY FEAST! :D