Corn Gluten Meal
I had been feeding my cats premium cat food for years. I pay dearly for this food and I assumed I was doing what was best for my cats. I started questioning my food choice because Phoebe is obese, has dandruff and itches like crazy... yet the vet says she is fine.
Looking at the ingredient label of her Premium food, the 3rd and 4th ingredients are: Corn Gluten Meal and Whole Ground Corn.
Corn Gluten Meal?
Benefits to using Corn Gluten Meal?
is the Purpose of the Corn Gluten Meal and Corn in Large Amounts like
in many Dry Cat Foods?
Since cats are obligate carnivores, they benefit most from protein derived from meat sources such as fish, beef and chicken, NOT a vegetable source like corn.
J. Dunn, Jr. DVM performed an informal observation of over 1000 cats
and dogs. His conclusions were: Pets who where solely fed a cheap, grain-based
pet food have course, brittle hair coat, and dry skin but the coat will
seem slightly greasy and dusty. The pet will probably itch. It will eat
lots of food because the pet is nutrient starved.
et al from the Laboratory of Nutrition, Azabu University School of Veterinary
Medicine Japan, performed a clinical study about meat meal vs. corn gluten
meal. CONCLUSIONS: Meat meal was superior to CGM as a protein source in
dry foods formulated for cats, because dry-matter digestibility and N
utilization were higher for the MM diet. In addition, net loss of body
calcium and magnesium for the CGM diet suggests that mineral requirements
increase when CGM is used as a protein source.
A. Pierson, DVM writes: "Your cat was built by Mother Nature
to get her nutritional needs met by the consumption of a large amount
of animal-based proteins (meat) and derives much less nutritional support
from plant-based proteins (grains). The protein in dry food, which is
heavily plant-based, is not equal in quality to the protein in canned
food, which is meat-based. The protein in dry food is, therefore, less
bioavailable to your cat. In the wild, your cat would be eating a high
protein, high-moisture content, meat-based diet, with a moderate level
of fat and with only ~6-9% of her diet consisting of carbohydrates. The
average dry food contains 35-50% This is NOT the diet that Mother Nature
intended for your cat to eat! A high quality canned food, on the other
hand, contains ~3-6% carbohydrates. Cats have a physiological decrease
in the ability to utilize carbohydrates due to the lack of specific enzymatic
pathways that are present in other mammals, and the lack a salivary enzyme
called amylase. Cats not only have no dietary need for carbohydrates,
but too many carbohydrates can actually be detrimental to their health.
Why are we feeding such a species-inappropriate diet? The answers are
simple. Grains are cheap. Dry food is convenient."
to the Dallas Rags Cattery, "Meat is always the best source of
quality protein. Meat has a higher biologic value (percentage of protein
absorbed and retained) and is higher in important essential amino acids
like methione, arginine and taurine. Corn gluten meal is low in these
critical amino acids, and has a lower biologic value, less than 50% of
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