Ingredients in pet food are listed on the label in descending order by weight - and while this means you should always look for meat as a first ingredient in a diet for a carnivore, you're not quite done yet!
Take a peek at the main ingredient list for a popular dry food for cats:
- Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Pork Fat, Brewers Rice , Wheat Gluten, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, yada yada yada . . .
If you focused solely on the first ingredient, you might assume you're golden. But add ALL of the grain sources together? You'll see that collectively they add up to a greater overall quantity of grain in the food than actual meat-based ingredient.
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