It's interesting, because although my dog is affected very negatively by carrageenan, my cat appears to be okay with it. BUT, after 14 months of intermittent chronic diarrhoea, and me keeping a detailed 'food and symptom' diary for her, I know she is affected by one or more of the other gums / thickening agents / binders / emulsifiers, and I am very close to being able to pinpoint which one.
I'm pestering a company at the moment which is refusing to tell me which thickeners it uses in some foods I listed, due to the company wanting to keep its recipes confidential. I'm so desperate to find out, I even emailed the CEO of the PFMA for help. If and when I find out what they use, I believe I will have the answer to what gives her diarrhoea.
I always think about the very many animals with food intolerances, where people tend to think that it must be chicken or rice allergy, or some other main ingredient. They wouldn't automatically think it could be something that is not even on the label! And I've read hundreds of posts over the last year from people who have taken their poorly pets to the vets for test after test after test, the results of which were always 'negative'.
Companies should have to declare thickeners on their labels! Why are they hiding these inflammatory ingredients that are NOT insignificant and can cause so much upset, i.e.: carrageenan, locust bean gum, guar gum, cassia gum, xanthan gum, agar agar and carob, which I think may be the same thing as locust bean gum?
Virtually all cat and dog foods contain one or more of the above ingredients. My cat is costing me a fortune in 'Meowing Heads' at the moment! It's one of only two wet cat-foods that I have had it confirmed on two occasions that it contains NO thickeners at all. I will be trying her on the other one, 'GranataPet', in the New Year.
For anyone who may be wondering, 'Barking Heads' wet dog-food also contains NO thickeners at all.