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Anyone else eat Cat Food? (serious)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 01, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Yeah, I know you won't believe me, but hear me out:

I started realizing a lot of what I was eating on the Paleo diet--fish, liver, safe starches, and of course, the good, fatty, gelatinous "by-products" of animals--are found right in the cans of decent quality canned cat food.

I was already mixing all these ingredients together into fishy mushes anyway, but I was really craving more of the non-muscle proteins of the animals I was eating, as well as liver and fat. More importantly, It was becoming a continuous hassle to keep going to the supermarkets and asking for fish heads, marrow bones, and other fatty/cartilage-rich stuff from behind the counter. And then processing it all at home. Obviously that's the preferred method, but I honestly don't have the time to keep doing all that.

Buying and eating cat food has both saved me time and a lot of money. And you know what? With a generous amount of salt and some spices, it's pretty tasty. You can do whatever you want with it--chop up some scallions and garlic in it, or whatever. If this sounds gross to you, I'd venture to guess you haven't tried it.

So far I've found that this is pretty good. It's mostly paleo, except for the sunflower oil. It's been difficult to find products that don't have vegetable oil, but they are out there.

Thanks for listening. One of the things I appreciate about Paleohacks is how open you guys are to ideas that on the surface, sound quirky.

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on July 20, 2013
at 01:32 PM

By the way, guys, I'm a really good liar. I was pleasantly surprised by the intelligent discussion this sparked, though!

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on July 02, 2013
at 05:22 PM

I'm on a ranch in the Ozark Mountains. Cattle prices are steep, thanks.

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on July 01, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Here in the Bay Area, offal is not that much cheaper than ground beef. Between paleos, foodies, and contrarian hipsters, demand is starting to match supply. Expect prices to rise elsewhere in the country if paleo continues to catch on!

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on July 01, 2013
at 05:32 PM

Lmao, +1, even though this sounds semi-ridiculous. My dad's cat goes crazy over these little cat-nip flavored treats though and last night I was thinking about trying one to see what all the hubbub was about. I didn't but this is an interesting question. What are the macros and price per calorie with the cat food you're eating?

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on July 01, 2013
at 05:59 PM

Nope, I haven't tried it. Nor had I thought of canned cat food, but I did think about getting some dog food once, I think it might have been from US Wellness, that was pretty much just ground offal mixed about 50/50 with meat.

What you're eating looks mostly Paleo, though. Definitely as acceptable as some stuff a lot of people eat. I agree about the substandard starting product being a factor, but I don't eat grassfed and all that myself these days. Also some carrageenan/inulin in there, and vitamins from the source instead of added in would be better, but I don't think that's a super huge deal either. If it's on-point for you in terms of taste/convenience/price, I would keep eating it.

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on July 01, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Try canned mackerel, the type I buy is basically a few cross sections of whole fish in a can. The guts are removed, but the skin, bones, and connective tissue are still there. I mash it up with eggs and spices and make fish cakes.

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on July 01, 2013
at 05:38 PM

I quickly found a link to a Popular Science magazine article that said humans can eat cat food but I cannot share the link as it goes wonky.

If anybody has better luck, please share.

I am not into the idea of eating tinned cat food for a few reasons, mostly due to the fact I know that most pet food ingredients are SUBSTANDARD. Most dog food is corn and oil. I believe you're talking about an all-fish 'terrine' prepped and tinned for kitties but I still have to believe that the QUALITY of animal ingredients has to be low for it to go into tinned pet food.

Does that make sense?

While the FDA has some control (in the US) over basic ingredients, have you looked at what they not only approve but PUSH for humans to eat? (whole grain, low fat; SAD that led to my blood panels growing worse every year til I STOPPED listening to them). Scary.

Also, these pet foods probably contain additives and those aren't necessarily in proportion to what a human should eat. I'm not up on cat versus human on this but it's worth checking out.

If you like pieces/parts, I'm a big fan of sardines and I bet you can buy them tinned for not a whole lot of money compared to the tinned cat food. Also, if you can find a butcher's shop, buying offal is usually much cheaper than hunks of steak or ground beef.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on July 02, 2013
at 05:22 PM

I'm on a ranch in the Ozark Mountains. Cattle prices are steep, thanks.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 01, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Here in the Bay Area, offal is not that much cheaper than ground beef. Between paleos, foodies, and contrarian hipsters, demand is starting to match supply. Expect prices to rise elsewhere in the country if paleo continues to catch on!

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on July 02, 2013
at 05:30 PM

I ate cat food once, but just because it was interesting for me, I wanted to find out is it tasteful for human or not. But I don't think that eating cat food is healthy for human.

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