Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats

Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats

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Updating recommendations last made by the National Research Council in the mid-1980s, this report provides nutrient recommendations based on physical activity and stage in life, major factors that influence nutrient needs. It looks at how nutrients are metabolized in the bodies of dogs and cats, indications of nutrient deficiency, and diseases related to poor nutrition. The report provides a valuable resource for industry professionals formulating diets, scientists setting research agendas, government officials developing regulations for pet food labeling, and as a university textbook for dog and cat nutrition. It can also guide pet owners feeding decisions for their pets with information on specific nutrient needs, characteristics of different types of pet foods, and factors to consider when feeding cats and dogs.Thus, cats will avoid lower-sodium diets to avoid metabolic acidosis but not to prevent a sodium deficiency when metabolic acidosis ... It is known to be easier to get young kittens than older cats to eat poorly palatable foods (e.g., purified diets).

Title:Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats
Author:Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Dog and Cat Nutrition, National Research Council, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2006-05-31


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