KIBBLE 101選乾燥貓狗糧的4個原則 [Engish / 中文]

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Convenience is essential. This is why kibbles exist. We openly accept its existence simply because it’s already there before dogs and cats were domesticated (no scientific back up), and they thrive on them. So it’s safe to say that kibble just works in both the convenience and health departments.

I can’t tell you which kibble is the best, but I may give you some biased pointers to help you choose the right one, given that you have a healthy pet and you have all the money in the world and price is not an issue for you.

對許多主人而言,「方便」最重要,這就是乾燥貓狗糧的最大好處。人們普遍對乾燥貓狗糧的接受度都很高,而且已經在市場上獨占鰲頭很久了,雖然歷史已不可考(大概自我從娘胎出生就已經存在了吧?!),但整體而言,如果說乾燥糧食既方便又健康,估計不會有人反對。

我不能夠告訴你哪個品牌的乾燥糧食品質最好,但假如你的寵物健康狀況良好,無須進食特別餐單,而且「價錢」對你而言不是問題的話,那我倒可以跟你分享一些我的經驗,以下是4個選乾燥貓狗糧的原則。

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1. You get what you pay for.

Generally speaking, yes, except that brand that advertises ‘breed-specific’ kibble and the bite size.  This hugely popular brand in Asia charges premium price for low end ingredients (they use only chicken, now they are slowing transitioning to chicken by-product).  To have a quality kibble there must be quality ingredients to start with. ‘Breed-Specific’ is all marketing, so please don’t ask me if your German Sheppard can eat the Yorkie’s food anymore.

1. 一分錢一分貨

普遍而言,價錢高的乾燥狗糧品質就會較好──除了某個標榜「可依品種和體型分類」的品牌以外!這個在亞洲大受歡迎的狗糧品牌賣的是高檔價格,給的卻是低檔成份(這品牌過去只使用雞肉作為主要蛋白質來源,但最近逐漸轉為「雞肉副產品*」)。優質的乾燥狗糧必須有優質的成份作基礎,「依品種和體型分類」真的純粹只是行銷手法而已,所以拜託不要再問我你的德國牧羊犬能不能吃約克夏的食物了!

*雞肉副產品英文是chicken by-product,是指一些去骨去肉後剩下來沒有用的部位,例如雞頭、雞腳、內臟,基本上就是一些沒人要的垃圾。因為價格低廉,所以很多大牌子的貓狗糧都使用各種肉類的「副產品」作為主要蛋白質來源。

 

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2. Choose Canadian eh.

Look for ‘Made in Canada’. Premium Canadian brands may be young at this game, but we caught up real quick and a few of them are becoming some of the best kibbles on the market right now. We choose Canadian over Americans because Canadians don’t sell-out (big trend right now is that corporate companies like Del Monte are tapping into the pet industry by acquiring pet food brands for a lot of money); the major Canadian brands have never experienced or very minimum recalls (that I know of, I don’t know a lot). We are so proud that our Canadian premium brands are shining globally.

2. 楓葉國最讚啦!

就鎖定「加拿大製造」吧!雖然加拿大品牌在寵物市場上資歷較淺,但它們的規模和技術提升得非常快,部分更成為目前市場上最好的貓狗糧之一。加拿大更勝於美國品牌的主要原因是,加拿大品牌甚少出售給大集團(現在有許多大集團,例如地捫等公司積極收購小型寵物食品品牌以謀取暴利);而且幾乎很少聽見加拿大品牌的乾燥糧食有問題要回收的(至少我是沒有聽過,雖然我也不是懂很多啦!)。楓葉國的乾燥貓狗糧能在全世界受到歡迎和肯定,我們應該感到非常驕傲!

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3. Where is it made?

The truth is, not every brand makes their own kibble, so they will not have 100% control over quality. It is very important to do your research and find out whether or not the brands you have chosen produce their own products, or at least most of their products, and the background of the third party who makes these products.

3. 是誰生產的?

事實上,並非所有品牌都自行生產乾燥糧食,因此這些品牌很難百分之百控制品質和監管製作流程。我奉勸你絕對要多作資料搜集,查查你所選擇的品牌是不是有自己的生產線,或至少自行生產大部分食品;假如不是,那就要查清楚這品牌是托哪家公司生產的,連生產商的背景也得調查清楚。

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4. Read the labels.

The trend now is grain free. The lesser grains on the ingredients list, the better. Another very important note-to-self is that two different brands of, let’s say, salmon formula kibbles may look the same on the panel, but where they source their salmon could differ greatly. To differentiate which brand uses quality ingredients, apply the first 3 steps, and a lot of Googling.

4. 看清楚標籤

現在的乾燥糧食趨勢是「無穀」,換句話說,成份標籤中穀物含量愈少愈好。此外,假如兩個不同品牌都使用同一種成份,以鮭魚(三文魚)為例,兩家廠商的鮭魚(三文魚)分別是從哪裡進貨的,食材品質的差異可以很大。想知道哪個品牌所使用的食材品質較好,可以再回到前面的1-3個步驟,還有上網奮力地搜索吧!

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Conclusion:

Do your research.

結論:

多做資料搜集就對了!

About the author

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, I AM NEITHER A VET NOR A ‘PET NUTRITIONIST’, THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC BACKINGS TO WHAT I SAY.I AM ONLY SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT MY DOG AND MY ONLY AUTHORITATIVE GAVEL IS THAT I WORK IN THE PET INDUSTRY. IT IS A GUIDELINE MEANT TO BE READ HUMOROUSLY. 我不是獸醫也不是寵物營養師,我只是一名非常愛狗的主人,而且從事與寵物用品相關的工作。請以幽默、輕鬆、愛寵的心情來閱讀我的文章吧!

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