Eating Pet Food

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  1. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I can get a 50 lb bag of dry dog or cat food for about $15. Could I live on it? How long could I live on it?
    I'm thinking it has to be missing something a human would need.
     
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  3. Enmos Staff Member

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    You'd probably survive for a good long time. I don't know how healthy you would be though.
     
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  5. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    why? Not enough calories? The ash in catfood?
     
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  7. Enmos Staff Member

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    I'm guessing, like you were, that you won't get all the vitamins and minerals a human needs from pet food.
    Maybe I'm wrong. But I do think you could survive on it for very long.
     
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  8. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I can't even stand the smell of pet food

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  9. John99 Banned Banned

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    i imagine you would also have big problems with roughage. would need much more fluids as well.

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  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Unfortunately this is far from the truth, More than 95% of pets derive their nutritional needs from a single source, processed pet foods. When people think of pet food many envision whole chicken meat, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains and all the nutrition that their dog or cat would ever need, images that pet food manufacturers promote in their advertisements and print on their food bags. \\

    What these companies do not reveal is that instead of wholesome chicken meat, they have substituted chicken heads, feet, feathers and intestines. Those choice cuts of beef are really cow brains, tongues, esophagi, fetal tissue dangerously high in hormones and even diseased and cancerous meat. Those whole grains have had the starch removed for corn starch powder and the oil extracted for corn oil or they are just hulls and other remnants from the milling process. Grains used that are truly whole have usually been deemed unfit for human consumption because of mold, contaminants, poor quality or poor handling practices, which is obvious by the fact that most pet food recalls are the result of toxic grain products such as Corn or Wheat. Pet food is one of worlds most synthetic edible products, containing virtually no whole ingredients



    Pet food scientists have learned that it’s possible to take a mixture of inedible garbage, fortify it with artificial vitamins and minerals, preserve it so it can sit on the grocery shelf for more than a year, add dyes to make it attractive and then extrude it into whimsical shapes, making it appealing to us humans so we will purchase it. Unfortunately what makes up most of dog and cat food today (those not qualified as "human-grade) comes from the rendering plant. To render, as defined in Webster’s Dictionary, is “to process as for industrial use; to render livestock carcasses and to extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.” Some things that go into rendering are:

    * Spoiled rotten meat from the supermarket, styrofoam wrap and all.

    * Road kill that can’t be buried on the roadside.

    * The “4-D’s” of cattle; dead, dying, diseased and disabled

    * Rancid restaurant grease

    * Euthanized pets, this is NO joke!

    http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/truthaboutpetfood.htm
     
  11. Roman Banned Banned

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    That's a nice piece of sensationalist trash.

    DID YOU KNOW DRINKING WATER IS THE SAME AS DRINKING PROCESSED DINO URINE!?!?!?! EVERYONE FREAK OUT!!!!
     
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  12. CutsieMarie89 Zen Registered Senior Member

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    It's better than no food at all, but seeing as even your pets don't like the stuff you probably won't like it either. My dog would won't eat dog food unless he's starving, so if I was starving it'd probably save me from starvation, but I don't think it's healthy to eat it often.
     
  13. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I only posted what I found on that link I also posted. If you believe that it is so untrue then write to those who wrote the article and show them your findings about processed animal foods as they have done.
     
  14. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    well, I dated a guy who's dad was a knacker. Dead rotten animals did get taken to the pet food factory. They eat it in the wild, they can eat it dried with vitamins added.
     
  15. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    The test of the pudding is well, eating. Why don't you try it??

    As about vitamins, carnivours needs different ingredients than for humans so one could still miss out on some important minerals/vitamins by eating petfood, needs more research.

    About what is i it: Why do you care? just eat it! After all a chicken or cow is a dead animal too by the time you eat it... It makes no difference how the animal was killed...
     
  16. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    why do I care? Where do I say I did?
    I was just wondering if a person could live on it and nothing else for food.
     
  17. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    There was a thread on snopes.com about this with no definitive answer.

    but:

    "—on March 16, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a major recall on some “cuts and gravy” style of canned pet food that caused rapid kidney failure and death in hundreds and possibly thousands of animals. The FDA later recalled more animal edibles, tracing the problem back to wheat gluten, a component used to thicken pet foods.

    Scientists who tested the pet meals in question say an ingredient called melamine (a fire retardant and plastic-producing chemical) is to blame for the deaths."
     
  18. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    That was addressed to people who worried about the road kill content.
     
  19. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Oh. Well, they do put in road kill. And cows that have died in the field either by disease or struck by lightening. The hole body goes in the grinder; hoofs, hide, horns and all.
    I suppose when it comes to road kill, they might look for a collar. The metal tags might mess up the grinder.
     
  20. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    In the UK, what can go into Pet Foods is strictly regulated;

    "Meat and animal derivatives - sounds tasty, doesn't it? This tends to be seen as an ingredient at the cheaper end of the pet food market, and as a source of protein. Meat and animal derivatives are legally defined in the Feeding Stuffs Regulations 2005. They are sourced from animals which have been inspected and passed as fit for human consumption and are the parts of the animal which are surplus to the requirements of the human food industry in the UK eg. heart, lung, or muscle meat, which may not be traditionally eaten by people in this country." (http://www.food.gov.uk/foodindustry/guidancenotes/foodguid/feedingstuffsguide)

    So while you might not ordinarily eat those parts, they are not sourced from roadkill, or diseased animals. That said, you'd be fine living on it most likely, as they perform extensive tests on it, to make sure it's nutritious. Cat food does contain added Taurine, as cats need that, and some people can be sensitive to it, so dog food might be a better option.

    Having dogs myself, I know some brands look and smell just fine, one I buy for my dogs is lamb, with mint and peas. In a pinch, I'd eat it.
     
  21. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    Canned catfood actually smells like my childhood's canned liver. Maybe I should give it a try. The dog seems to LOVE it...
     
  22. vslayer Registered Senior Member

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    as a farmer i can confirm the diseased and severely injured cattle which go into pet food(we get the dog food guy out to euthanise them) but my mate in the freezing works says that the entrails and brain tissue all go in the bin, with fetal tissue being used for both cosmetics and stem cell research
     
  23. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    I can see the economy is really hitting some people hard. Eh Orleander?

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