Note: The 2015 List of pet foods I would trust to feed my own pets is scheduled to be published between December 1 and December 15.
The new 2014 List of pet foods I would trust to feed to my own pets is finally complete.
Before I tell you about the 2014 List, let me share with you why there is a List…
Two reasons. One. “What pet food do you recommend?” is the most common question I receive.
The problem is – I cannot answer that question. For me to ‘recommend’ a pet food is a type of endorsement. I represent consumers not any pet food manufacturer.
Granted, because of my advocacy work…
- advisory position to the Pet Food Committee and Ingredient Definitions Committee at AAFCO (organization that develops laws governing pet food),
- have working relationships with representatives of the FDA and various State Department of Agricultures,
- I’ve spoken with – face to face – many of the large and small pet food manufacturers. Many of the others I’ve spoken with on the phone and in email numerous times. Some help me understand how the industry works (outing their own company at times).
…I know a great deal about the pet food industry and much about individual manufacturers. Certainly there are pet foods that I like, that I would trust to feed my own pets – but it remains, I cannot endorse/recommend any pet food to anyone.
But what I can do is share a list of pet foods that I would trust to feed my own pets. I am extremely picky – I know way too much not to be. The List is not a recommendation – choosing a pet food is a personal decision. The List is just as it is named…a ‘List’ of pet foods that I would trust to feed my own pets. The List began as a way to answer the ‘What do you feed your own pets’ question and a way I can help support the advocacy work that I do. Which leads me to reason #2 for the List…
Two. Many…perhaps even most pet foods on store shelves include waste ingredients that you wouldn’t ever consider feeding your pet. Labels show beautiful images of healthy foods – but what is inside that bag or can is far from healthy. For a pet food consumer to try to understand what by-product meal really is or if their pet food includes any ingredients from China…well, it almost takes a private detective to figure it all out. The regulations that govern pet food are not consumer friendly – instead they allow some companies to recycle hideous waste and make billions in profits each year.
There needs to be a List because the above must stop. No pet food should be made from hideous waste – and then the label be allowed to lie to the consumer. Consumers deserve a voice at every regulatory meeting, consumers deserve a voice within every regulatory organization. Advocacy work isn’t cheap.
So to end the ‘why’ part of The 2014 List, the proceeds from the List and Petsumer Report help me help all pet food consumers. By purchasing my List of pet foods I would trust to feed my own pets (and Petsumer Report), you enable me to continue to educate pet food consumers all over the world and enable me to attend regulatory meetings providing a voice for the pet food consumer.
The 2014 List
The 2014 List of pet foods I would trust to feed my own pets contains 22 pet foods. Eleven make cat foods, all 22 make dog foods. I really can’t explain why there are always more dog foods than cat foods on The List. I continue to look for more and more cat foods…but they end up not being a food I would trust to feed my own cats. Yes – I’m picky…very picky. With pet food, there are good reasons to be picky.
21 pet foods have distribution in the U.S. – several have distribution in Canada – one pet food is only available in Canada. Three pet foods have distribution in numerous countries around the world. Most of the pet foods are available in small pet food stores (sorry, not one is sold in the Big Box Pet Stores or in Big Retail Stores), some are available on online pet stores, and some are available directly from the manufacturer.
Not one of the pet foods on The List is cheap. Quality food is not cheap.
The 2014 List includes kibble pet food, can pet food, raw pet food, lightly cooked pet food, and dehydrated pet food.
Why these pet foods? Why are others not on The 2014 List?
Each pet food on The 2014 List has their own page explaining why I give them my trust, and what the company does – in my experience – to make true quality pet foods or treats. Why isn’t this food or that food on The 2014 List? Well – it could be I’m not familiar with them, there are thousands of different brands. Or it could be I ‘know things’ about the company or about their ingredients that would prevent me from trusting the company; information provided to me by an insider (employees, management and even some regulatory people have provided me inside information with the promise of anonymity). So…I can (and do) explain why each of the pet foods are on The 2014 List, but chances are I cannot explain why a pet food is not.
Can I share The 2014 List?
No – you can’t. I depend on the income provided by The List and Petsumer report to keep doing the work I do. The 2014 List is copyright protected; without expressed written consent from me (Susan Thixton) no part of The 2014 List can be emailed, copied, quoted, printed (except for personal use), or altered.
Can I purchase additional copies of The 2014 List as gifts for friends?
Yes! Please! The 2014 List is the perfect gift for any pet food consumer.
Note: After your purchase (after payment processes), you will receive a confirmation email with download to the 2014 List. This should be almost immediate – depending on your payment type. Should you not receive your copy of the 2014 List within 24 hours – please email me (Susan at TruthaboutPetFood.com).
Also Please Note: Payments are processed by PayPal but you do Not have to have a PayPal account. When you get to the Payment Processing page, click on the link that states “Don’t Have a PayPal Account?” and you can use any credit or debit card.
And One More Note: The 2014 List of pet foods is no guarantee the pet foods will not be recalled, or will not have some type of concern in the future. At time of publishing, I trust each and every one of these pet foods. Should any information learned change that trust, the pet food will be removed from The List.
I have again this year made The List available in different price categories so that it is easily affordable for anyone. $10, $20, $25, and $50. If you can afford $50, wonderful – thank you. If you can only afford $10 – that is wonderful too! The price is up to you; I thank you for any amount you can afford. The 2014 List is the same information no matter the price you purchase for. Scroll to the appropriate price on the paged linked below…
Thank you so much for you support!
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
AAFCO Pet Food Committee, Ingredient Definitions Committee Adviser
Association for Truth in Pet Food
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