Does it blow anyone else’s mind that there are still toxic ingredients included in our pet’s food? Carrageenan is a known carcinogen in cat food that continues to show up in the ingredient list of several wet foods.
Feeding a wet food diet to our feline friends is so important for their overall health. We want to feed the best we can afford to our feline friends. While looking over the ingredients in your cat’s wet food be sure to look for something called carrageenan. If you see this on the label, put that can right back on the shelf and move on to the next one.
Avoiding Carrageenan In Cat Food
Carrageenan is used in cat food as a thickening agent. Carrageenan is a carcinogen. If you google the definition of carcinogen here’s what it says: “a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue” WHAT!?!?! Why would that be in our cat’s food? Any carcinogen in cat food is just wrong!
Did you know that 1 in every 5 cats will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. I’ll say that again – ONE in every FIVE cats! That is unacceptable! Diet can play a huge role in preventing or contributing to cancer in cats. Feeding a diet that contributes to cancer is something we want to avoid. One of the best things we can do to help try to prevent cancer is feed a species appropriate diet.
Feeding a moist diet has so many benefits. Moist foods keep our cats hydrated which helps keep their kidneys and urinary tract healthy. Wet food diets are usually lower in carbohydrates which helps our kitties avoid inflammation, diabetes and stay at a healthy weight. The list goes on and on.
We want to continue to feed a moist food diet but please check those ingredients and be sure there is no carrageenan on that label! There are plenty of good brands that are carrageenan free, we just need to take a minute to read those labels first.