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Nutritional Requirements for cats in dry food

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The nutritional requirements for cats encompass a range of essential nutrients crucial for their health and well-being. Cats are obligate carnivores, relying on nutrients found only in animal products. Some key nutritional requirements for cats include:

Protein #

Cats have higher protein requirements compared to many other animals. Protein is essential for building body tissues, including muscle, and plays a role in enzyme function and disease prevention.

Amino Acids #

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Cats require specific amino acids like arginine, taurine, and arachidonic acid, which are crucial for various bodily functions such as metabolism, eyesight, heart function, and reproduction.

Vitamins #

Cats need essential vitamins like Vitamin A and Niacin. Vitamin A, for example, must be provided in their diet as cats cannot produce it internally.

Minerals #

Essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are vital for cats’ bone health, muscle function, and overall well-being.

Fatty Acids #

Cats require specific fatty acids from animal fat sources, such as linoleic and arachidonic acids, to support various physiological functions.

Water #

While not a nutrient providing energy or building blocks, water is essential for cats’ hydration and overall health.

Updated on June 2, 2024
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How the score is calculated?

The actual calculation of the score is based on sophisticated and advanced algorithm that takes into account multiple parameters.

To simplify the explanation, the calculation is based on three main criteria:

(1) Amount of protein (more is better)

(2) Amount of carbohydrates (less is better)

(3) Quality and source of ingredients.

Based on that 3 main criteria, 9 score calculation rules are used to compare the different foods.

One major assumption is that the closer an ingredient is to the top of the ingredient list, the greater its relative weight and contribution to the food.

In general, cat food is composed of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins, and minerals.

Protein is the most important component in a cat’s diet, and cats primarily get their protein from animal meat.

Fat is a primary source of energy and essential fatty acids.

Carbohydrates are controversial in a cat’s diet, as cats are obligate carnivores and typically consume very few carbohydrates.

Fibers play an important role in digestion and food absorption, and vitamins and minerals are essential for different organism functions.

Dry matter values are used to compare the amount of nutrients in different cat foods.
This means that moisture is excluded from the equation to provide a more accurate comparison.

Putting all of these and more into a formula results in a product score.

The maximum score a cat food can receive is 100.
Points are added or removed based on the score calculation rules.