Pet Food: What’s Poultry digest?
- Feb 20th 2009
Poultry digest - A palatability enhancer made by reducing (cooking down) meat and fat into concentrated liquid or dry product. Poultry digest can be made from any fowl (turkey, geese, buzzards, etc.) This is an inconsistent ingredient which can contain unpredictable birds unsuitable for human consumption.
I got the definition above from a website that makes pet foods. If you clearly understand the definition please let me know. I find it vague.
Poultry digest is something I do not want to feed my pets and it’s in loads of pet foods. If you’re squeamish, you might want to stop reading here. If you really want to know what it is keep reading.
It’s partially digested food and bird poo and that comes from the slaughtered bird’s intestines. When they kill the bird, they pull out all the organs. They take the intestines and squeeze out all the gook. Then they sell the gook to lots of pet food companies as a cheap filler and “palatability enhancer”. If the food’s so bad that this will make it taste better I’m leaving it on the shelf. It’s totally disgusting and not necessary. Also not suitable for human consumption. They’re calling it meat and fat because it does come from an animal, it’s just not much of either.
Buzzards? Why are they mentioning buzzards? What other bird breeds are they talking about? City pigeons?
Don’t feed your pets foods or treats that contain this ingredient, if they’ve got this in them chances are they’ve got other nasty stuff that will only make your pet sick in the long run.