5 Common Cat Food Ingredients to Avoid

As cat owners, it is essential to ensure that our feline friends are receiving a balanced and nutritious diet. However, not all cat food is created equal, and some ingredients can be harmful to their health. 

In this blog, we will discuss five common cat food ingredients to avoid and suggest some Petzlove alternatives curated for your fur babies.

Corn and Wheat Gluten

Corn and wheat gluten are often used in commercial cat food as a protein source. However, they are not easily digestible by cats and can cause gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, gluten can trigger food allergies in some cats. It's best to avoid cat foods that contain corn and wheat gluten and opt for those that use high-quality animal proteins such as chicken or fish.

Meat By-Products

Meat by-products are the leftover parts of animals after the meat has been removed. This can include organs, bones, and other parts that are not suitable for human consumption. While meat by-products are a source of protein, they are not always of high quality, and their origin may not be disclosed. It's best to choose cat foods that use whole meat as their primary source of protein, such as fresh salmon, fresh turkey, chicken meal, duck meal, etc. 

Artificial Preservatives

Artificial preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are commonly used in cat food to extend its shelf life. These preservatives can be harmful to cats and have been linked to cancer and other health issues. Instead, choose cat food that uses natural preservatives such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

Soy Products

Soy is often used as a source of protein in cat food, but it is not an ideal food for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require a diet high in animal protein. Soy products can cause digestive issues in cats and can also be an allergen. Opt for cat food that uses animal protein as the primary ingredient.


Carrageenan is a thickener and stabilizer commonly found in wet cat food. However, it can cause inflammation and digestive issues in cats. It is best to avoid cat foods that contain carrageenan and choose those that use natural thickeners such as guar gum or xanthan gum.

Petzlove offers a range of cat food products that are free from these harmful ingredients. Our products are made using high-quality animal proteins such as turkey meal, fresh salmon, chicken meal, natural preservatives, and other beneficial ingredients that support your cat's health and wellbeing. Our feline favorites include Proteinest & Aal.

Avoiding these five common cat food ingredients can ensure that your feline friend is receiving a healthy and nutritious diet.