Pet food brands sold in supermarkets may cause severe illness to adult cats, study find

Study finds some supermarkets and pet shop cat food brands may cause lamene, obesity or anaemia. Out of 20 products tested eight products did not meet Australian nutritional standards because they had too much, or too little, protein and fat. The authors of the study will not release the names of the brands. Anne Jackson, editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal, told the ABC the study was only “preliminary and cannot be trusted until conformed by large, formal trials”

The scale of study was irrelevant to its validity, and protecting company names when animal welfare was at risk was a concern to vets, and is not safe for the customers said Dr Foster. A feline specialist Richard Malik has serious concerns that the published cat food has omitted the names of products tested to protect commercial arrangements companies like Hills and Royal Canin and the only believable thing is they haven’t been named because they want to make people worried about buying pet food from supermarkets and pet shops.

Hiding the names cast doubt over every supermarket brand, forcing vet to recommend only the expensive, premium cat foods. Dr Lonsdale said he uncovered extensive sponsorship arrangements between pat food companies Hills and Royal Canin and the University of Sidney.