Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Diet: specific requirements

Introduction

  • The cat is a strict carnivore.
  • Specific nutritional requirements of the cat reflect evolutionary adaptations of the metabolism to a highly specialized diet.
  • Cannot obtain all nutrients from plant material.
  • The cat has specific requirements (which differ from the dog) for the following nutrients:
    • Protein.
    • Taurine.
    • Arginine.
    • Active vitamin A.
    • Niacin.
    • Arachidonic acid.

Protein

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Vitamins

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Essential fatty acids

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Yu S et al (1999) Sodium requirement of adult cats for maintenance based on plasma aldosterone concentration. J Nutr 129(2), 419-423.
  • Butterwick R F et al (1998) Advance in dietary management of obesity in dogs and cats. J Nutr 128(12 Suppl), 2771S-2775S.


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