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Is Corn In Your Cat Food?

Updated on January 15, 2015

Corn in cat food is also listed as: ground yelow corn, corn gluten meal, corn grits.


Why is corn used in cat food?

Corn is used in cat food as a filler. A filler is an ingredient added to provide dietary fiber, bulk or some non-nutritive purpose {source}. It is intended to make your pet fuller, but what happens is that it actually makes you pet hungrier because it has no or little nutritional value. Corn is used in pet manufacturing companies because it keeps the cost down of manufacturing pet food.

Corn Allergies

Many cats are allergic to corn. A corn allergy can lead to itchy dry skin, loss of hair and IBS [inflammatory bowel disease]. Doctors Foster and Smith wrote about Food Allergies & Intolerance in Cats: There is a distinction that needs to be made between food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies are true allergies and show the characteristic symptoms of itching and skin problems associated with feline and canine allergies.Food intolerances can result in diarrhea or vomiting and do not create a typical allergic response...Fortunately, both food intolerances and allergies can be eliminated with a diet free from offending agents. Then you have to worry about Aflatoxins. According to Wikipedia, Aflatoxins are naturally occurring mycotoxins that are produced by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, species of fungi. Aflatoxins can contaminate corn after it is harvested by being wet for long periods of time and that can lead to cancerous tumors. {source}.

How It's made Dog & cat food by Ian Collier

As you have probably already knew, cats are carnivores. They don't need a lot of carbohydrates in their diet, only about 10% is needed. Sure they will eat corn, they like it, but too much of it can cause problems, such as allergies as mentioned above, and they have a hard time digesting it also. There are too many cat food products on the market that contain bad ingredients and it is hard to find good quality cat food in local grocery stores. When I buy dry cat food I look at the first three ingredients. If it says corn or some meat by-product I don't buy it. I wish more cat & dog owners would learn and choose better ingredients for their pets. The following table shows some common dry cat food and where corn is listed in the ingredients:

First Three Ingredients Of Common Dry Cat Foods

Friskies- Seafood Sensations
Gound Yellow Corn
Corn Gluten Meal
Poultry By-Product Meal
Meow Mix
Ground Yellow Corn
Corn Gluten Meal
Chicken By-Product Meal
Whiskas-Meaty Selections
Poutry By-Product Meal
Ground Yellow Corn
Ground Wheat
Fancy Feast-with Savory Chicken & Turkey
Brewers Rice
Poutry By-Product Meal
Corn Gluten Meal

There are good dry cat foods on the market. I recommend Blue Buffalo, Evo ,& Innova. These may cost more, but they're of better quality. Or, why not make your own wet cat food?

Sources: Wikipedia, Fillers; Dr. Becker, Aflatoxin: The Single Pet Food Ingredient To Be Vigilant About

Innova Nature's Table Grain Free Turkey & Chicken


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