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Which cat food can be called a good cat food - and which not?

(If you just allow yourself 5 minutes to read this article, then you get the most important information about the quality of cat food and can simply decide on it yourself.)

When you go shopping for meat, do not forget to ask your butcher for the analytical phosphorus content as percentage of provender - or for the ratio of calcium and phosphate - or which kind of vitamins have been added? No?

Concerning cat food, however, it is often pretended that the production and mainly the evaluation of food quality would be a very highly complex matter which only a few experts could understand. Thus, we are wondering why the large food enterprises want to make us believe that the evaluation of cat food would be a complex science. The question is quite simple to answer.

Most of the cat food offered on the market - unfortunately also including all known brands as seen on TV - does not consists of high-quality meat, but of a mixture of cheap waste of meat industry, such as cadavers, slaughter offal, rotten meat of the classification 3, waste products of the food industry, boiled plumes, flavour enhancers, old factory fat, artificial enzymes, artificial vitamins and non-declared additives, which will be conformed - real meat like we would eat it, usually is not included or in very small quantities only - since then it is avoided to talk about the offered meat quality, but rather about analytical laboratory values, in order to distract from the actual content, because the analytical laboratory values can be easily influenced with many kinds of additives and results in good cat food on paper at least, which could be sold dear by a little glossy advertisement, a superstar on American TV and multi-million dollar TV spots compared to the extremely cheap ingredients. It is quite easily possible to produce a cat food with tolerable analysis values from old leather soles and some cheap additives, by-products and attractants, which taste even good to the cat!

To distinguish good and awful cat food is quite easy and not at all a complex science, finally we have a balanced diet too without being food chemists - you just have to dispose of a bit of common sense, can read the fine print on the label and know that cats are only carnivores. The rest is easy:

1) Good cat food consists of meat!

Have a look on the label of your tinned food - yes really, please go and get a tin or bag of tinned food to the computer... 


This declaration describes a very high-quality cat food. As cats are only carnivores, the first question for the evaluation of good cat food has to be always: How much meat is really included in the cat food? The mentioned ingredients are listed quantitatively in the fine print, e.g. the first position is the main ingredient in the food, fewest ingredient is the last mentioned. How much meat of which kind of animal and of which quality contains your cat food now?

Let's assume that the mouse is the perfect food for cats, it should be between 85% and 95% meat. Or like it usually happens to many people, who trust the advertising on TV or the flowery names (as tasty as it looks) of the food and come across a by-products-in-tinned food and feed their cats bona fide with a cat food almost without meat. And if there is insufficient real meat in the tin, what kind of is the rest then?

Unfortunately, these are mainly slaughter offal, cadavers declared as by-products - also of sick animals e.g. with tumour tissue, cereal residues, urine, plumes, fillers, added water, flavour enhancers, emulsifiers, other additives, dye colouring and even sugar! This mash will be formed using enzymes and afterwards looks like real pieces of meat. And beware: 100% of fresh meat does not mean the food is made of 100% of meat, but the included quantity of meat (often just 4 %) is fresh!  In recent years, cats are increasingly diagnosed with diseases of pancreas and food allergies.

Among experts a connection is assumed between these diseases and the food supply with factory animal food.   

2) By-products are NO meat!

Does the food consist of meat - or only of a mixture of meat and animal by-products?

If no exact information is printed regarding the meat included or the percentage is only specified together in meat and animal by-products, without any further details, this is an indication of very inferior food you should not feed to your cats - animal by-products, as they are most used in factory cat food are usually by-products of the classification 3 - i.e. by-products which are not allowed for human consumption, thus no meat but slaughter offal, for example dead animals, intestines, ears, eyes, hides, hooves, horns, blood, urine, plumes and quills, stomach, lung, greaves, sinews, cadavers, claws and meat and bone meals, whereat the last one is mainly used as an ingredient to hide something even worse.

Unfortunately, even the definition meat is very elastic - it makes a huge difference, whether it means high-quality flesh meat in food quality or flabby, inferior connective tissue. Regrettably, both are described as meat on the food tins and therefore do not make the evaluation of the quality easy for the consumer. But even the few percent meat, which are included in some factory food, usually are only so-called rotten meat, also known as meat of the classification 3 , that is not allowed for human consumption. In fact, the included meat should be of food quality and accordingly declared on the tin, because only good, fresh meat contains the important and high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, etc., etc. provided for cats by nature!

Whoever believes to produce high-quality cat food of slaughter offal and industrial waste and some dye colouring, flavourings, flavour enhancers, enzymes, artificial vitamins, preservatives, binders, mobile solvents, coagulant additives, emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners and gelling agents as well as acidity regulators, has got another think coming. By the way, in total there are over two hundred substances allowed to use for the production of animal food, also including controversial medicines!

Here we show you an illustration of typical, animal by-products of classification 3, as a result of slaughter offal. Please click only, if you are sure you want to see it, because it is perceived as being repugnant.  


Food, where included ingredients or by-products are not 100% openly declared, must be classified as very inferior. The larger the meat quantity, the better - finally cats are carnivores. The meat should be clearly labelled as food quality, otherwise it is mainly so-called rotten meat which is no longer allowed for human consumption. A small quantity of vegetable content of less than 5% is acceptable - this roughly corresponds to the maw of a mouse, the cats also eat. Therefore you shouldn't feed products of less than 80% meat content, as cats are real carnivores. They are unable to metabolise rice, cereals, soya, herbal protein, etc. - and their whole organism such as the short intestine is only suitable to digest meat food. Not to mention the many additives - in order not to complicate the matter, here once the three ingredients which should not be included in cat food AT ALL:

NO SUGAR! (very often hidden in beet chips, beet leaves, beet greens, sucrose, caramel, molasses, raw cane sugar, fondant, syrup, glucose, dextrose, galactose, maltodextrin, soft brown sugar, fructose, glycogen, hexose, isoglucose, rock brown sugar, sorbitol, xylitol, etc.) NO CEREALS, NO RICE, NO SOYA! and NO BY-PRODUCTS!  

Here are some negative examples of ingredients contents of very inferior quality food:

----- Meat and animal by-products (of which 4% is beef), herbal extracts of protein, fish and fish by-products, minerals, sugar

----- Meat and animal by-products (among others 4% beef), cereals, herbal by-products, herbal extracts of protein, minerals

---- Meat and animal by-products, herbal extracts of protein, fish and fish by-products (at least 4 % of the above mentioned type), minerals, additives: vitamin A (1,110 IU/kg), vitamin D3 (140 IU/kg), vitamin E (10 mg/kg), copper (as copper sulphate (1.1 mg/kg) with dye colouring (EC-additive)

---- Meat and animal by-products (chicken and pork), cereals, herbal extracts of protein, herbal by-products, milk and dairy products, oils and fats, yeast, sugar , minerals This food is recommended to be particularly suitable for kittens, it is often sold by veterinaries and very expensive - words fail us!

We have found really alarming contents of ingredients of a very expensive provender, which is also sold by veterinaries and is one of the most promised and popular with amazon: poultry meal, rice, maize, greaves, animal fat, maize gluten food, animal protein (hydrolysed), wheat, wheat middlings, lignocellulose, beet chips, yeast , soya, trisodium phosphate, fish oil, dried egg, mannan-oligosaccharide, l-lysine  ----

The ingredients printed in red are the ones which should not be included in cat food or which quantity is really too low like approximately 4% meat… If you will find such a table of ingredients on your food, you should act, before it makes your cats sick!  

The matter of the indicated percentages using the example protein

Would you come up with the idea of feeding your cats with plumes? No? However, these are included in many cat foods! Usually the simple declarations of percentages of ingredients are not conclusive regarding the evaluation of food quality. The quality of e.g. proteins is evaluated by its content of essential amino acids and their ratio among each other - the so-called biological valency, in this case the cat's ability to metabolise them. The indication crude protein in percent on the food has nearly no informative value if animal or herbal by-products, cereals or gelatine are included in the food or not. In general herbal proteins have a much worse amino acids-ratio than animal proteins, whereat the proteins of pulses (peas, lentils, beans) and the maize protein (maize gluten food) are the worst. However, the worst biological valency of all proteins has an animal protein: The gelatine. Mainly it is used in tinned food with sauce or jelly and only inflates the analytical value of protein - without any benefit for the cat! The plumes meal is also used in factory food to increase the value of protein because it has a very high protein content of about 90% in form of dry substance, although it consists almost exclusively of indigestible keratin - plumes and quills. Nevertheless, for being added to animal food, it is hydrolysed, i.e. it is heated at 140°C with high steam pressure for 1 1/2 hour. It can be found in the fine print described as hydrolysed poultry protein. This way you realise a digestibility of 70-75 %. However, the essential amino acids contained are destroyed for the most part during this treatment, the biological value of this protein is even worse than the one of maize gluten food. In this case it also applies that the analytical values of the food have nearly no importance on the decision whether cat food is good or not. Only the quality of the used meat is important and therefore the quality of the included proteins. The meat should be clearly declared like meat in food quality - in our opinion herbal and animal by-products should be excluded from the production of good cat food. We have found a well-arranged list with the translations of the used ingredients of the factory food industry written on the web page of With one click, the list will be opened in a separate window.  

3) Cereals in the cat food are absolute nonsense

It can be clearly seen from the relative length of intestine of a mammal what type of food is well adapted to the organism. For a simple understanding: short intestine = carnivore / long intestine = herbivore - all in between are omnivores. The length of intestine of living organisms is mentioned below in relation to their body length. Pure carnivores, like cats, dispose of a length of the intestine at a ratio of 3:1 to the body length (intestine only three times longer than the cat). In case of an omnivore preferring animal food, such as human beings at a ratio of 5:1, dogs at a ratio of 6:1 and in case of a pure herbivore like a sheep at a ratio of 24:1. The reason for this is that raw herbal substances take much more time before being digested and able to be metabolised by the body. Therefore cats are not able to metabolise cereal parts of the food with their very short intestine. This presents a considerable risk for the kidneys and the whole organism and without any benefit for the cat - only on the food tin is mentioned a pretty high content of protein by herbal proteins (see above). Note: Meat remains in the cat inside and cereals pass through the cat In addition, the producers of factory food do certainly not use premium cereals - usually these are not permitted any longer for human consumption or they result in a by-product of other production processes and can even include dangerous mycotoxins (moulds toxins) such as aflatoxin B1.  For this reason cats should only get food including a high content of meat (at least 90 %) and no cereals at all!  

4) Why do many factory foods contain sugar, although it makes the cats sick?

The producers act like this for three reasons. First of all it is addictive - not the taste of the sugar (cats are in fact not able to taste sweet), but the metabolism of the cats develops a dependency of sugar. Secondly - and this is the most important reason, inferior quality food smells better to the people and it looks much better due to the sugar. The sugar is often used in caramelised form and gives the greyish pale animal by-products a nicer colour (caramel colour), a nicer consistency and shine - the feed seems to be quite delicate for us. Thirdly sugar is e.g. in form of sugar beet chips (see picture) a very cheap filler not only for tinned food but also for provender, because it is a waste product of agriculture. In this case the shredded parings, leaves and roots of sugar beets are used as these are not suitable for the sugar production. Sugar is also added to provender and often hidden in beet chips, beet leaves, beet greens, sucrose, caramel, molasses, raw cane sugar, fondant, syrup, glucose, dextrose, galactose, maltodextrin, soft brown sugar, fructose, glycogen, hexose, isoglucose, rock brown sugar, sorbitol, xylitol... Sugar could cause diabetes, diarrhoea and severe dental diseases with cats. It is a fairy tale of the provender industry telling you provender is good for the teeth - quite the contrary: the mash of the chewed provender sticks to the teeth and can cause severe diseases.  

5) If it tastes fine to my cat then the food must be good!?

Unfortunately, this is a popular fallacy! Nowadays most of the factory foods contain artificial enzymes and odorous substances and flavourings, which pretend to be good food for the cat. Here it is often used liquefied liver mixed to the food - which deodorises the strange odour of the animal by-products of classification 3.  Or artificial enzymes will be added, as the magazine Spiegel has uncovered: The enzymes of the Danish company Novozymes apparently double the appetite for the offered food to test cats and test dogs. The used enzymes have complicate names like Protamex or Novo Pro D. ( Then the cat eats apparently with great pleasure a too large quantity of the inferior food, from which it would run away without these additives. Hand on heart - if children would have free choice of their food, they would only eat crisps, chips, pizza, chocolate and hazelnut cream with great pleasure. The truth is, we cat owners have finally the responsibility for the food of our animals - because cats eat what they are accustomed to - it is up to us what kind of food we get them used to. By the way: how to successfully adapt your cat to a new food, we have explained here.  

6) What means good provender?

It is quite easy to answer - there isn't any good provender. Although the big enterprises like to absolutely insist on it. Provender can technically only be produced with a small percentage of meat, for it will always contain fillers and binders, such as e.g. cereals or beet chips (see the paragraphs about cereals and sugar), which are not suitable for cats. And the supposed high-quality provender remains not refrigerated in the supermarket for many days or even for weeks, then in the refrigerator at home - so that preservatives have to be added for not getting perishable. But preservatives present a considerable risk for the body of your cat! Provender is suspected to be responsible for many diseases with cats like diabetes, dental diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases and the hepatic lipidose (fatty liver). However, the worst effect of provender is that for its digestion a large quantity of water is needed, which will dehydrate the organism of the cat - as cats do not feel thirsty at all like human beings or e.g. dogs, it almost always results in water deficiency in connection with the feeding of provender and sooner or later in kidney diseases or diseases of the urinary tract collection system. Cats have to absorb 3 to 4 times more of water than the eaten provender in order to digest it! If your cat is accustomed to provender, then set up a cat fountain at least and get the cat used to tinned food in the long run. If you want to get more details about the disadvantages and dangers of provender, we recommend the page, which will open in a new window by one click.   

7) Does cheap, good cat food also exist?

No, unfortunately not. Really good cat food is very difficult to find and to be honest, very good cat food is much more expensive than factory food because of the used high-quality, fresh meat in food quality - however, it is relativised by the fact that cats only have to eat much less of it in comparison in order to obtain their nutrients required, as the nutrient content is much higher. Only up to half the usual quantity concerning food of the supermarket - this minimizes the high price up to half. Even at higher ages of the cats the veterinary expenses won't be that high, because they are simply much healthier in the long term.

We at Lucky-Kitty have been looking for a very good cat food for us and our friends for a very long time and have not been successful on the market. Also the published tests of cat food such as the cat food test of Stiftung Warentest in which different cat foods have been checked, have not been convincing to us regarding the actual ingredients, since ultimately they did not really evaluated the suitability and quality of the food for cats but only if the description on the label is really contained in the food.

The german webpage, which is known as an institution in the field of independent food evaluation, has just confirmed again the high quality of the Lucky-Kitty food:


Vergleich gute Katzenfutter
A food evaluation of the page  



Where can I buy good cat food?

We also asked this question. As in our opinion no trusted, high-quality food existed on the market, we have cooperated with experts and a specialist in high-quality pet food and master butcher for many years and produced for us (of course for our cats; -) really good cat food without any additives and with 95% meat content in food quality at least; first of all in small quantities. With the time, the word got around with the casual and close friends and was widespread and for this reason we now produce maybe the best cat food in a short run (in principle not available on the market). Also the Lucky-Kitty customers looking for the best cat food, but haven't found it until today, can order the good Lucky-Kitty cat food with us as of now.

The Lucky-Kitty tinned food for cats is of very high quality and therefore particularly suitable for kittens, for senior cats, for cats with allergies and even for cats with kidney disease (* in case of CNI in the so-called IRIS phase I to II and please always in consultation with your veterinary; in case of CNI in phase III and IV you should add some phosphate binder to the high-quality food depending on the measured blood values of your cat), because the quality of the included proteins is as high as possible and the phosphate content is comparatively low - this relieves liver, stomach, intestine and especially the kidneys. Here's an important note about CNI. For animals with CNI the sufficient liquid intake is particularly important. The disability of the kidney to concentrate urine is known to result in polyuria. If this fluid loss is not compensated by the drinking water intake, the risk of dehydration could be imminent, a state which could be quickly life-threatening. Therefore cats with CNI should always have a cat drinking fountain at their disposal.

The Lucky-Kitty cat food has the following advantages:

  • 95% MEAT CONTENT of high-quality meat in food quality, heart and some liver (the remaining 5% simulate the herbal content of a maw of a mouse plus a little bit of calcium (eggshells for healthy bones) and, of course, the taurine for healthy eyes added with 1,000 mg/kg according to leading experts demand.

  • in food quality (could also be eaten by human beings without any risk) from our trusted specialised master butcher regional animals of own slaughtering

  • free of fillers

  • free of binders

  • free of antioxidants

  • free of cereals like wheat, rice, soya and dairy products

  • free of animal or herbal by-products

  • free of waste products of slaughter houses, farms and food services

  • free of unnatural additives such as artificial colours and preservatives

  • free of meat and bone meal, soya and sugar

  • free of plume meal

  • free of artificial, appetizing enzymes

  • free of synthetic vitamins

  • free of artificial added fat

  • free of artificial flavouring substances and attractants free of flavour enhancers ...and

  • free of whatever does not have to be declared according to law! 

Information about the exceptional Lucky-Kitty cat bowl: click here  

You can only buy the Lucky-Kitty cat food with a high-quality meat in food quality and without animal or herbal by-products exclusively here with us - we vouch for the quality of the used high-quality ingredients!   


Is there anything better than Lucky-Kitty cat food?

Yes - there is: Rats, mice, chicks, birds, squirrels etc. the first three are available deep-frozen in reptile shops and the best you can feed your cat , if you will be thinking about feeding these typical prey animals, but also the B.A.R.F. method is advisable (biological appropriate to the species raw food) - in other words, the nutrition of cats with raw meat and bones - but it's not very easy and quite expensive and time-consuming, as first of all high-quality, raw meat must always be in the house and secondly the pet owner has to provide himself the balanced composition and supplements. But in the meantime there are enough literature and web pages in order to approach the subject. But even the most dedicated Barfer has not always time to prepare fresh raw cat food - in this case, it is good to be able to rely on a very high-quality tinned food, such as the one of Lucky-Kitty.