Cinco and Manna with Dry Food

Cinco and Manna want to know what is in this kibble.

What in a name anyway?

Every cat owner wants what is best for their furry best friend, but finding the best food can be tricky. It isn’t always clear at first glance what is really inside that box, bag, can, or pouch of cat food. This week’s series on reading pet food labels (Pet Food Labels Explained Part 1 and Ingredients: Pet Food Labels Explained Part 2) showed different ways you can learn what is in a pet food from the information on the label. Here are a few important take aways:

  • The way a pet food is named tells you how much of the ingredient listed on the name is in the food. Different ways of naming require 95% of the ingredient listed in the name, while other ways require only 25%, 3%, or even just a detectable amount.
  • The ingredients are listed by weight; the ingredient that has the most weight in the mixture is first and the ingredient with the least weight is last. These weights are measured before the food is cooked or processed.
  • Most of the chemical names on the ingredients list are vitamins and minerals that were added to the food. These vitamins and minerals need to be there to make up for vitamins and minerals that were either a) lost during cooking and processing or b) not present in the raw ingredients to begin with.

Use the links above to get more details on how  you can use the information on a pet food label!

Want to compete?

I got a score of 21,395 on this word search. Can you get a higher one? The faster you find all of the words, the higher your score will be.

Instructions for the Interactive Word Search

  1. Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
  2. Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word, and click on the last letter of the word.
  3. The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.
  4. The faster you complete the word search, the higher your score will be.


What is your pet’s favorite flavor of food?