Sustainability has been one of the most prominent trends in the pet industry for some time. To achieve sustainable production without overspending, manufacturers try to use every part of an animal. This way, the resources used to raise livestock are used more efficiently.
This is especially important as raising cattle for meat is one of the most significant sources of deforestation in South America and causes serious damage to our planet.
Another way they’re trying to achieve sustainability and avoid ingredients that pets can be allergic to is by using some unusual new protein sources. This also allows for some change and variety in pets’ diets and can produce enough food for all buyers.
Here are some unexpected new sources used for pet food production:
Water buffaloes are domesticated animals, mainly used for their milk, meat, and leather. They are also used for hard labor.
However, when used for meat production, there are some parts that humans don’t normally eat. These include lungs, udders, horns, and similar. So, they are used as ingredients for producing dog treats, providing protein without damaging our environment.
Kangaroo meat and body parts are ingredients you would never expect to find in pet food, but some companies use them.
Kangaroo organs, tail bones, and other ‘undesirable’ parts are used for dog food production. They contain zinc and omega acids and are rich in proteins.
And it’s important to note that dingoes, Australian wild dogs, eat kangaroos in nature. So, it’s nothing new for canines.
Insects are one of the most popular new pet food ingredients, and silkworm, one of the group’s latest additions, is an interesting ingredient. They’re a great source of protein, lipids, minerals, and vitamins that pets could benefit from.
So, scientists from Taiwan worked on developing a way to use silkworm pupae in cat food. They managed to make wet cat food with silkworms.
The cats who ate silkworm-infused cat food were found to have a silkier and better fur— and their feces smelled less.
Tuna is, unfortunately, one of the most overfished sea animals, so it makes sense to try and reduce the carbon footprint by at least using every part.
So, a Thai company recently started grinding tuna bones into a unique supplement. They created a powder (also in the form of capsules and tablets) that they claim works wonders for bones by providing them with easily absorbed calcium.
It can be used by humans or added to pet food.