Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: January 24, 2023 by Crystal Uys


The earliest evidence of cats as companion animals goes back almost 10,000 years. These cats had the job of pest control on ships, farms, and granaries, and as a result, their diet consisted of fresh prey. The history of commercial pet food only dates back to 1956.

Pet food manufacturers would like you to believe that the processed foods you see on pet food shelves are how cats are meant to be fed, and that fresh or raw diets are a fad, or even dangerous. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Commercial pet food was invented with convenience and profit in mind. Thankfully, more and more cat parents are becoming aware of the importance of quality nutrition for their cats.

Gary Tashjian, president of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, recently wrote an interesting article for Animal Wellness Magazine about the history of commercial pet food, including a list of questions to ask when choosing a food.

Click here to read The Unlikely History of Commercial Pet Food.

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5 Comments on The History of Commercial Pet Food: Profit over Health

  1. Good Morning! Reading your issue of Commercial Cat food. I have 2 cats one who is 11 yrs old who throws up anytime I feed her different food right now they both get Fancy Feast She throws up when she eats too fast or she doesn’t like anything. Sir Tiger is 6 yrs old who doesn’t like a lot of stuff he doesn’t eat people food he is so fussy it isn’t funny. I would love too switch them I don’t too what.

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