If you go through the definitions of the ingredients, then this would be what the ingredient list on the bag SHOULD say:
Chicken: the clean combination of flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken or a combination thereof, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet and entrails. *Defined by AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials)
chicken by-product meal: (protein source): Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts either not desired, or condemned, for human consumption. This can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments, heads, feet, and feathers. – This can also include the dreaded 4 D’s – (Dead, dying, diseased or dying prior to slaughter). The animal parts used can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. Any kind of animal can be included: goats, pigs, horses, rats, road kill or any misc dead animal. It can also include pus, cancerous tissue, and decomposed (spoiled) tissue.
corn gluten meal: Full of GMO's and a major reason for allergies and sugar imbalance in pets as well as causing serious health issues. This is used for a filler and is a useless ingredient in pet foods and is not easily digestible.
brewers rice: (filler/fiber source/carbohydrate source): Low cost by-products and leftovers from another food manufacturing process. (a waste product of the alcohol industry). (carbohydrate source): A cheap substitute for whole grain rice.
soy flour: (filler/carbohydrate): A cheap allergy-causing ingredient used as filler. This is the leftover “dust” after the healthy cleaned and de-hulled soybeans are processed; sometimes even sweepings from the factory floor.
animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E): There's no animal specified so it's anyone's guess where the fat came from. Can cause pancreatitis.
fish meal (source of DHA): A source of protein and fatty acids which can add mercury to the diet. The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. (Do not need to give on a daily basis due to toxicity of mercury in fish)
whole grain corn: Full of GMO's and a major reason for allergies and sugar imbalance in pets as well as causing serious health issues. This is used for a filler and is a useless ingredient in pet foods and is not easily digestible.
poultry by-product meal: the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.
(Translation: ground up necks, unborn eggs, feet and organs) *Defined by AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials)
non-fat yogurt: *no info provided.
wheat gluten: Dogs and cats that have suffered and died from consuming tainted pet food belie the fact that even untainted gluten can cause many of these same problems and more. In human celiacs and gluten-sensitive individuals, untainted gluten can induce both chronic and acute kidney failure. This form of kidney failure is typically called an IgA nephropathy, in which antibodies and immune complexes formed against gluten are deposited in the kidneys, which leads to damage and ultimately failure. Again, this can be chronic leading to persistent blood (microscopic) and protein in the urine or it can be acute. brewers dried yeast: Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver and can cause allergies and arthritis.
phosphoric acid: A clear colorless liquid, H3PO4, used in fertilizers, detergents, food flavoring, and pharmaceuticals. A harmless but unnecessary ingredient, used in inexpensive, poor quality dog/cat food as flavoring, emulsifier and discoloration inhibitor. Phosphoric acid is banned in organic food and drinks.
caramel color: Caramel coloring is a mix of sugars, ammonia, and, in some cases, sulfite. When heated at high temperatures, this combination turns into 2-methylimidazole (2-MEI) and 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) – proven cancer inducers.
animal digest: (flavoring agent): Unspecified parts of unspecified animals which are cooked to a goopy broth (rendered) and used as a spray-on or added directly to the food. The grease that rises to the top is used as a source of fat and the rest of the mash is dried and used as “meat meal”. No quality control is used and this can include “4-D animals” (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, road kill or any misc dead animal.
salt: The Association of American Feed Control Officials recommend that dry dog foods contain at least 0.3% and dry cat foods contain at least 0.2% sodium for both maintenance and to support normal growth and development. These are minimum recommended levels. (Used to cover rancid meats and fats, get cats to drink more - causes kidney dysfunction, hypertension. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)
tetra sodium pyrophosphate: Is a rust stain remover used in cleaning products (TSP)!!!! Why is it in food? Emulsification of rendered animal fats! Very toxic, causes nausea and diarrhea.
potassium chloride: Is used to treat dogs and cats with low potassium levels. Side effects: muscular weakness, stomach disturbances, heart rhythm disturbances." The following drugs can potentially interact with potassium chloride: angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, spironolactone, digitalis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, anticholinergic agents, glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, and ACTH. Potassium blood levels should be measured regularly. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)
choline chloride: Can cause side effects such as gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and vomiting. (Uses corn as a carrier)
taurine: Synthetic protein sourced from China. (Taurine is essential for heart & eye health in cats, can be found naturally in meats.)
zinc sulfate: Processed with sulfuric acid. Used as an acid in calico-printing and to preserve wood.
Vitamin E supplement: synthetic vitamin
ferrous sulfate: Ingestion of iron containing products may result in serious toxicity. While lethal doses are not readily available in domestic species, as little as 400 mg (of elemental iron) is potentially fatal in a child. Initial symptoms of acute iron poisoning usually present as an acute onset of gastrointestinal irritation and distress (vomiting—possibly hemorrhagic, abdominal pain, diarrhea).
manganese sulfate: Good source of manganese although exposure to it for a long time in high doses can lead to damage of the liver and nervous system.
DL-Methionine: For use as an aid in acidifying the urine of dogs and cats. DL-Methionine is also an aid in controlling the odor from feline and canine urine residues. (Synthetic protein made in China)
niacin: synthetic vitamin
calcium carbonate: It is commonly used medicinally as a calcium supplement or as an antacid, but excessive (daily) consumption can be hazardous. Also used in paints, plastics, ceramics, putty, polishes, insecticides and inks. Used as fillers in adhesives, matches, pencils, crayons and linoleum. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)
Vitamin A supplement: synthetic vitamin
calcium pantothenate: (a preservative): Chemical. Potentially carcinogenic, antifungal.
thiamine mononitrate: Can reduce function in liver and kidneys and cause organ failure. Is a synthetic form of vitamin B1. Not to be given to a pet with kidney or liver disease. It has the potential to illicit mild to severe allergic reactions. (B1-Made in China)
copper sulfate: Used in foods and fertilizers. Signs reported in cats and dogs after ingestion of copper pennies include diminished appetite, depression, vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain. Some breeds of dogs are particularly sensitive to copper poisoning due to a genetic defect. These include dalmatians, bedlington, west highland white, and skye terriers, in which ingestion of copper results in weakness, anorexia and vomiting. Older dogs may develop liver damage and excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
riboflavin supplement: synthetic vitamin
pyridoxine hydrochloride: (source of vitamin B6): Although pyridoxine has generally been considered relatively nontoxic, long-term (eg, 2 mo or longer) admin of large (megadose) dosages (eg, usually 2 g or more daily) of pyridoxine can cause sensory neuropathy or neuronopathy syndromes. Seizures, ataxia, and peripheral neuropathy occur in animals given toxic doses (greater than 1 g/kg). (Made in China)
folic acid: (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants and sourced from China)
Vitamin D-3 supplement: synthetic vitamin
calcium iodate: (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants; due to strong oxidizing capacity, is incompatible with copper or phosphorus)
biotin: synthetic vitamin
menadione sodium bisulfite complex, (source of Vitamin K activity): synthetic vitamin
sodium selenite: According to PAN, a database for pesticide chemicals, both sodium selenite and sodium selenate are classified as "Highly Toxic," based on oral administration trials using rabbits and rats. And according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the highest allowable level of selenium in public drinking water is 50 parts per billion, which is equivalent to 50 micrograms, dry weight. (Permitted by AAFCO to contain a certain level of heavy metal contaminants)
*ABOUT THE RENDERING PROCESS - All these undesirable ingredients & by products are “denatured” before rendering. Denaturing is spraying crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant or citronella on these dregs. ( *NOTE: These denaturing products are TOXIC.)How is a kitten supposed to grow & thrive on THAT?? Yet that is what so many are spending their hard-earned money on!!