Okay, so TMF is allergic to one of the binder ingredients used to hold kibble together. Meat meal doesn’t “stick” so can’t be used alone to create kibble, it needs some binder that will “stick” to make the nuggets. Most of the kibble out there uses some sort of grain like rice or corn as the binder, though I’m experimenting with a kibble right now which uses tapioca.
So in any event, any kibble is going to have *some* binder. But there’s no requirement for a binder in canned meat, unless you want something that has the pink glistening consistency of Spam (which uses potato starch as its binder to keep it in a loaf rather than it being a meat stew). A canned meat without a binder will look more like a stew than like fresh meat you bring home from the butcher, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Yet every single canned cat food that I looked at in my local Petco, whether it was cheap-ass Purina or the highest priced specialty food, used binders in their cat food. Apparently cat owners prefer their canned cat food to look like nuggets in broth or a gelatinous paste-like substance like Spam rather than like a meat stew. Or cat food companies think cat owners prefer this, anyhow. Or maybe it’s just cheaper to replace much of the meat with fillers that have no nutritional value to a cat (cats in the wild are meat eaters, the only vegetables they get are whatever is being digested by the rodents or birds that they kill). Still, surely there is at least one cat food out there that’s, like, actual meat without fillers or binders? If so, can someone point me at it?
– Badtux the Processed Foods Penguin