Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Dietary requirements: growth

Contributor(s): David Morgan

Introduction

  • Most rapid growth period is during first 6 months   →   body weight at maturity = x40-x50 birthweight.
  • Balanced diet - formulated for growth   Dietary requirements: growth  - is essential, primarily increased energy and essential nutrients.
  • Additional nutrients required normally supplied by eating increased quantity of food.

Growing cats do NOT have different nutrient requirements from adults - it is the amount required that alters.

Energy

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Protein

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Calcium and phosphorus

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Digestibility and energy density

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Feeding procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Harper E J (1998)Changing perspectives on aging and energy requirements: aging, body weight and body composition in humans, dogs and cats. J Nutr128(12 Suppl), 2627S-2631S.


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