Monday, May 21, 2007
PURINA DECIDED TO TALK TO ME.
I received this email from Purina in reponse to my complaint abut their having changed the cat and dog food formulas. I'd sure like a chemist to tell me that it doesn't matter whether a protein obtained from plants is the same as a protein obtained from animals. "Thank you for contacting Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.We appreciate your interest in our products. Please know that you are correct, cats are carnivores. Keep in mind, a protein molecule is made up of a combination of amino acids. The way the amino acids are arranged determines the nature of the protein. Whether protein is obtained from plants or animals is not as critical as the balance of amino acids. There are 23 different amino acids. Eleven amino acids are considered essential to a cat's diet and ten are considered essential to a dog's diet because the system of the cat and dog cannot manufacture these amino acids in large enough quantities to maintain body functions. Animal products are excellent sources of protein, but plants also contain valuable amino acids. Plant proteins, when combined with animal proteins or other plant proteins, can provide the proper amino acid balance for every life stage of the cat and dog. The protein in Purina pet foods is obtained from a combination of animal and plant sources.Again, thank you for visiting our web site." Do you suppose that a protein not being so critical occurred to Purina as a way to save some money? The protein in Purina pet foods is obtained from Plant and animal sources. Plants first. A smaller amount of animal protein. What I really am aware of is that all my cats have refused to eat the new Purina formulae. They've even chosen to boycott the canned foods they loved last week. I'm going to talk to some butchers in the grocery stores.