I came across this at SearchWarp:
When selecting the best dry food for your dog, why is it better to go with the chicken meal than the pure chicken?
Chicken meal is simply chicken that has been baked to remove bacteria and other toxins. Chicken is simply pure chicken.
What people dont know about chicken, is that it is made mostly of water. If a label on a bag of dog food says %60 whole chicken, that is quite misleading as that does not take into account how much of that %60 of chicken is left after baking it to remove unwanted substances!
When the label on the bag says %60 of chicken meal, your getting more of the chicken because the product has already been baked to remove unwanted affects such as bacteria.
Well, hey. Because I was just considering Felidae as a possible food for the house cats. They list chicken meal as the top ingredient, and I was concerned about that. Guess I should not be?
I'm sort of stuck on the facility cats. I have a stack of Science Diet dry, all of which contain glutens of some sort. I can't afford to feed 25 cats and kittens $35 dollar a bag food. If I don't feed the Science Diet (which I current receive at an affordable rate), I need to feed a grocery-grade food ($10 a bag range).
Reading over some of the bags of food I have, it looks like some may be manufactured in Mexico? (?????). Where are the fillers for those manufacturers coming from?