Alright, for starters, that was a clickbait title, and I’m not going to tell you what you should or should not feed your cat. Instead, I’m just going to tell you about PetFoodList.org
If you’re anything like me you’re probably aware of how incredibly difficult it can be to find information about cat food and that often means hours and hours of scouring the web trying to find what should be a simple answer. Sometimes you get lucky and stumble upon the one person who has the one list with the one answer you need. But, more often than not, you’re on your own.
Well, I think that’s a stupid amount of effort to ask anyone to go through, and in my frustration the idea for Pet Food List was born.
What it is
Pet Food List is exactly what the name says – a list of pet foods and treats, and everything we know about them. I decided to let the dog people in on this project, so it’s not just cat foods.
What it is not
Pet Food List is not a site that’s trying to recommend for or against any particular food or brand. It’s not a site that’s trying to sell you a particular food or brand. It’s not a site to tell you what to feed your cat for a particular health condition.
How to use it
Using Pet Food List is intended to be simple. Search for foods in your country, sort them based on whatever you care about most, check out the details of the food.
View Results and Sort
To sort the foods on this screen, just click the column header for what you want to sort on. If the double white arrows turn to a single yellow-orange arrow pointing up you’re sorting low-to-high (see Phosphorus % in the example image below). If that single arrow points down you’re sorting high-to-low.
This view is a limited selection of the information we have about the food.
The detail page has everything we know about the food. This page is my favorite because from here you can add more information about this food, report a problem with the food, or verify that the information we’ve published is accurate.
Adding, Updating, or Verifying Foods
The real magic behind Pet Food List is that it’s a crowd-sourced information project. So, if there’s a food you know about that isn’t listed, you have the power to add it to the website. You don’t need to know everything about the food to add it, just provide whatever information you do have and let others fill in the gaps.
See something that’s wrong? Well, you can give updated information, or report the problem.
The more people who are involved in expanding the list the better and more useful it will be.