Organic food vs. the regular stuff

Posted by Cecil the Cougar: at 12:00 AM

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My good furriends, the Meaoumy Troopers, asked me to make researches on whether organic foods is better than the regular stuff. Here is what I has found, the decision is up to you.

Narda Robinson, dmv at Colorado State University says this of organic cat food, "it probably can't hurt but there's no research that shows organic pet food is better." According to the article in USA Today, pet owners should first check with their vets before changing their cats diet. You must do this to make certain that the new diet will be completely balanced.

We cats have very busy schedules and must be well fed! First we has to nap and then we has to check the house for mousies, then we has to chase our tails, then we has to make stinky poops; our day really has no end!

As you may remember, Natural Balance is the crunchies that I eats:

As you can see, my eyes are big and I am excited
to be near an open bag of crunchies!

According to Vet Robinson, "people are becoming more aware that if they adjust their animal's diets their animals can avoid certain illnesses, or perhaps require less medication for ailments from which they are already suffering. Organic diets take this one step further."

Despite all the buzz around organic cat food, Vet Cohen doesn't necessarily think organic foods are better than more traditional pet foods. He says, "I have a lot of concerns that not a lot of research has been done to assure proper balance of nutrients." Cohen is speaking about industry feeding standards that ensure a pet food is balanced for specific life stages. At the same time, Cohen acknowledges that traditional foods have higher levels of preservatives and dyes that, "don't do anything good for the animal." This is all accordings to an article on AZ Central.

With so many pet food recalls coming about lately, humans should take care to follow these bits of advice from The Best Friends Society Organization:

Avoid foods With:

-wheat gluten
-"byproducts" (should list an animal first, such as chicken byproduct)
-synthetic preservatives

Here is the ingredients for my crunchies:

Dr. Brown of Best Friends says this, "animals age better with better care. Inferior nutrition wears down animals immune systems and incites skin and coat problems. A lot of wheat and corn allergies we see in dogs and cats might be from pesticides and hormones used in food. We know that even low levels of pesticides increase the risk of cancer. If there is even the potential for a problem, why feed it?"

On that note, I will leave you with one final reminder that although organic food may be better it has not scientifically been proven to lengthen the lives of any pet.

I is a very picky eater. My Mommmie had to try several premium foods before I would accept this. Really, I would like to only accept food off Mommie's plate but Mommie is a piggy and does not leave many things on the plate for me! But that is ok because I love Natural Balance and I love my Mommmie!

Yes! Yes! YES! These crunchies smell very good!

Let me just... get.... my nosey..... in a little bit more....
::crunch crunch::

Nom Nom

Until tomorrow,


PS: Felinesopher, I hope this helps!

15 opinions:

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Looks like a good food to eat~!!!!
And delicious!

Daisy said...

Thanks for the good report, Cecil! Your foods look very delicious. I must eat prescription foods, and they do not taste very delicious. But I eat it anyway.

Parker said...

This was very informative, thank-you!

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

is cake organic cecil? i like cake.

smiles, auntie bee

admin said...

Cecil, you done a great job here! Many thanks furr your info:) we'll be more careful in reading the label of ingredients...

btw, we tag you for a middle name meme;) this is our furryious time, and it seems the same as yours....

Felinesopher and her kitties gank, Meaouwy Troops from Jakarta



What a great report. Momma is tryin to get us to eat better, but we still love our stinky goodness and refuse to eat of the 'good' food she brings home. We even turn up our noses to food on her plate.

although I have to admit I love tuna fish.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Thanks for your report. But, what do you think about Fancy Feast? We love it in stinky goodness cans and we also love the turkey dried crunchies too. And what about Temptations? My mom has bought all kinds of other prescription or organic foods over the years and we refuse to eat it! We would rather starve, it seems. So we give mom the pouty face and she caves in and gives us Fancy Feast and Temptations again!

Jans Funny Farm said...

Very good report, Cecil. And it was interesting, the way it was presented.

Artsy Catsy said...

Excellent report, Cecil! Although we insist on a taste of Fancy Feast now & then, our mom makes our own homemade catfood for us. She says it's a lot of work, but she's used to it now and makes up a two-week batch at a time and freezes it. I put the recipe on my blog.

It must be good for us because Callie & Lucy are 18 & 17 years old now, and they chase around the house like little kittens! And our former Siamese, Millard, lived to be almost 23!


L. Alida said...

Hi Cecil! My kitties really love their stinky goodness. I wonder if I could get them to eat your very healthy food if I served it with the Friskies and Fancy Feast? That's how they like their crunchies anyway; on the side with stinky goodness. :) Have a wonderful evening sweetie!
Kisses and Purrs,

LZ said...

That was very interesting! Thank you for your nice reporting. We eat Innova Evo and the VET people always say we're super healthy and our coats are nice. I think we eat better than our humans!


Anonymous said...

That's good information to know, Cecil. When I was having tummy trouble, my humans got me Natural Balance canned duck and green pea. It tasted good and didn't upset my tummy either.

My human was walking around muttering "Yes I like green pea and duck. I will eat it in the muck. I wish it cost less than a buck..." and so on. Fortunately he took the high road rather than explore all the possible rhymes.

CRIZ LAI said...

Justin: Wow! there are just too many tiny little words for us babies to read. Daddy should know what's the best for us :)

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Our veterinarians like Solid Gold and Wysong. They really are organic foods and they don't have preservatives. We feel very strongly that for the best pet care we want to avoid all those nasty preservatives that are in a lot of the "premium" foods like Iams and Science Diet.

We also like knowing that if my humans HAD to eat the cat food, they could!

Spoony Quine said...

Natural Balance seems like a very nice thing to eat! Our giant human gives us Wellness, which is relatively good and it has things like lots of vitamin C, which is silly because our alien bodies shun it.

I like the fact it's so tasty and the fact that we don't have to eat a lot of it (or go through much cat litter).

The Smaller Giant once told me about a cat she lived with (one who was completely beige with no stripes) and her name was Butter Cookies.

Butter Cookies was a giant cat whose best friend was Food. She would sit by the bag of food and meow until someone opened the bag.

Then she would say, "Food, you are my best friend! I'm so glad the humans open the bag to let you out! I love playing with you, Food!"

What's even funnier is that she would eat the humans. She jumped right on their arms and bit them when they didn't play with her! She was used to being pampered at a spectacular animal shelter.

What a ninny!

Cattain Niyu (Violet)