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Stiftung Warentest tests cat food : Paws away from "Gourmet Gold"

Actually, it would be very easy: a mouse or two every day and the cat would be happy. Not only because it could follow its hunting instinct, but because mice provide the cats with everything they need: important nutrients, including the amino acid taurine, which the house tigers cannot produce themselves, but which they urgently need. Because without taurine, the four-legged friends would go blind, sterile or have heart problems.

What to serve cats

There is an ethical reason why mice do not appear on the shelves as cat food. Cat food usually consists of products that are obtained in the slaughterhouse, but which humans spurn. Pig feet belong to it or lungs. They are added to the feed, which has much more appetizing names in the store. Cat owners can not only serve their companions ordinary flavors such as "chicken in sauce" or beef, but also serve them "duck with carrot cream", "salmon with creamed spinach sauce" or take them on a gourmet trip to Greece and serve them with "calamares in creamy yogurt sauce" .

Edeka, Aldi and Norma are very good

This is not necessary, a new test by Stiftung Warentest now shows. The consumer advocates tested 25 types of moist food, ten of which are very good or good. The good news: If you love your cat, you can easily provide it with cheap food from Edeka (good and cheap), Aldi (Topic) and Norma (Mieze Katz). The products not only scored "very good", they are also inexpensive. If you don't buy the food in a single-portion bag but in a can, you get by with 23 to 31 cents a day. Also very good: Kitekat, the much more expensive Sheba and Whiskas. The own brands of dm ("Your Best"), Animonda, Netto and Catz performed well in the test.

The cat is the most popular pet

However, many cat owners want to offer their animals something particularly good. Depending on their mood and upbringing, the animals can be picky when it comes to food. The pet food manufacturers have recognized this and are aware of the market potential. Around 13 million cats live in German households, significantly more than dogs, which have just under eight million. Last year, German citizens spent 1.6 billion euros on cat food, which is by far the top-selling food segment, announced the Central Association of German Zoological Companies on Thursday. The largest part (1.07 billion euros) of this is due to moist feed. Mars (Sheba, Kitekat, Whiskas), Nestlé (Gourmet, Felix) and Co. are always trying to increase sales with new, melodious, high-priced varieties, and organic feed is also in vogue.

Which brands hurt

But consumers should be on their guard, warentest wars: "We cannot recommend many of the expensive, exclusive-looking food," says the new "test" magazine. The testers advise to avoid Gourmet Gold, the food in the small, golden cans. The food provides around 1000 milligrams of phosphorus per day, but the average cat only needs 160 milligrams per day. The problem: Too much phosphorus damages the kidneys. A danger that should not be taken lightly. Because many cats suffer from kidney disease. If they become chronic, a cure is no longer possible. In addition to Gourmet Gold, the Mac's and Tundra brands are also affected; they all contain too much phosphorus and are therefore deficient.

But not only this substance, too much sodium can damage the house tigers, the heart is stressed here. In addition to Mac's, Gourmet Gold and Tundra, the testers also rated the cat food from "Das Futterhaus", Terra faelis and the organic food Defu as unsatisfactory.

How do you get used to the cat?

But what should you do when the cat has gotten used to one of these brands? Then imagination is required - and patience. "Mix the new food in small amounts with the old one, increase the amount," advises Stiftung Warentest. Sometimes it also helps to warm the food.

Raw pork and chocolate are taboo

What you shouldn't give your cat is raw pork, which can transmit the Aujeszky virus, which is deadly to animals, chocolate and onions. You should also be careful with milk. Anyone who serves industrial cat food can be sure of at least one point: animal meal from carcasses or BSE risk material are taboo, and cat food may only contain flawless by-products such as heart, liver or lungs that have been approved by the veterinarian.

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