Over the last decade or so, an influx of companies have been turning to places like China for the manufacture of their products. Even with the additional expense of shipping the products overseas to America, along with any additional import tariffs, it still increases their profit. Many people may not realize that a lot of cat food today is coming from China. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), China is the leading cat-food exporter to the U.S., supplying around half of all cat foods imported.
“Consumers want what is best for their pet, and they assume the food is safe and has been made here in this country,” explains Will Post, president of Hound & Gatos Pet Food Corporation. “What they don’t realize is that it often is not and, as such, it can pose health risks to their pets.”
Those with cats are no longer surprised by all the cat food recalls taking place. There have even been lawsuits waged as people try to hold stores and manufacturers accountable for imported food that has harmed their cats. There are numerous reasons to consider making sure that the cat food you use was made here in America, including:
- Getting a product that is safer and reduces the possible health risks.
- Companies in America are governed and held more accountable than those in China. There is no way to know what standards were followed to produce cat food that was made in China, yet those processes can have a major impact on the food quality. It’s estimated that the USDA only inspects 1-2 percent of all cat foods that are imported. When they are tested, it is rare for them to be tested for things like heavy metals, pesticides, and toxins.
- The cat food imported from China is often filled with pesticides, dyes, and filler ingredients that can be harmful to a cat’s health.
“Most people don’t think about their pet food's ingredients, or the safety of it, until there is a problem,” added Post. “By then, it could be too late. It’s crucial to make sure pets are eating healthy, quality food that was made right here in the good old USA.”
When reading labels, it is important to avoid such ingredients as soy, generic animal livers, wheat, corn, and coloring agents, to name a few. Also, research to see where the cat food was made. Avoiding harmful ingredients can help cats to live a healthier life, reduce allergies and sensitivities, maintain proper weight, avoid urinary tract problems and diabetes, and help to prevent dental problems.
Cats and dogs thrive on a pure meat-based diet, such as the product line offered by Hound & Gatos Pet Food Corporation. Their product line is 100 percent animal protein, meat-based, and avoid ingredients that pets should not have, including by-products, fillers, and plant protein and offer DNA testing. The pet food is sold around the U.S. and in 160 stores across Canada. Their product line includes such flavors as salmon, rabbit, beef, lamb, and trout. They also will be offering exotic flavors, such as kangaroo, deer, and duck in the near future. To learn more about Hound & Gatos, including where to buy products, visit their site at: www.houndgatos.com.
About Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation
Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation is based in New York, NY. Their mission is to provide the public with high quality pet food options for dogs and cats. Their line of pet foods focus on all quality ingredients that provide maximum nutrition, and avoid all bi-products and other ingredients that would generally be unnatural to a pet’s diet. For more information on Hound & Gatos visit the site at www.houndgatos.com.
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Carole Baskin, CEO Big Cat Rescue 12802 Easy St Tampa, FL 33625
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