Sondra S asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

One ingredient in my cat's dry food changed. Should I be concerned?

My cat's dry food has changed one ingredient from salmon oil to anchovy oil. Should I be concerned? I know salmon is good and the food has listed this ingredient a long time. Now they've changed it to anchovy oil. Is that better? Does anyone know?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Salmon oil is often used from salmon that are fish farm raised, so they'd be from fresh water, however anchovies are a salt water fish taken from the wild. It's still Omega oils. I don't know that it's any better or worse than salmon oil is.

    Cod liver oil is way too heavy for cats' livers to digest on a regular basis, and would deplete the cat of vitamin A, but I've never heard any other fish oil doing that.

    If you're concerned, phone your vet and ask. But look where it falls in the ingredient list, if it's halfway down or lower, the amounts are going to be minute in the food.

  • Ken S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If you are smart enough to see these things, then you aree smart enough to feed proper food for the species

    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health

    Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.

    Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?

    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms

    The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in

    Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.

    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.


    Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters

    Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.

    Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck?

    Please read about cat nutrition.

    Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza.

  • Cow
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    "Anchovies are added for their omega fatty acid content, but omega 3 fatty acids are far too fragile to survive the shelf life of dry cat food.......Salmon oil cannot be properly stored unless it is maintained in an airtight container. The minute that bottle is opened, oxygen gets in and the fats start to go rancid. Capsules are the only way to properly preserve salmon oil. "

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