Y’all, it was past time: I finally deleted the good brands/bad brands page. There are numerous reasons for this, but it all boils down to: it was just too much to keep up with. New brands coming out all the time, brands becoming embroiled in controversies and recalls, and, god, the amount of time and brainspace it takes to sift through the information and misinformation. Now, with the information about DCM coming out, I realized I couldn’t in good conscience maintain it any more.
I think the cornerstones of feeding your cats a good diet are thinking critically, educating yourself about feline dietary needs, taking dietary claims made by pet food manufacturers with a big ole grain of salt, and hunting down primary sources whenever possible. And for real: you can feed your cats a super wide range of diets and have them be happy and healthy. The worst diet, by far, is a bad home-made diet. My recommendation remains, inasmuch as my opinion counts for anything (spoiler alert: it really shouldn’t count for much, believe your vet before you believe me): feed ’em as much wet food as possible, feed as wide a variety as possible, pay attention to your cats, and take them in for regular checkups.
Goodbye, Good Brands/Bad Brands page. I won’t miss you at all.