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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by patchdog View Post
Has anyone else heard about ash in dry foods that messes with a cats urine?
That was the thinking from way back, but now we know it isn't ash that's the issue, it's moisture and ph level.
What is "ash"? Is it safe to feed my cat food with ash?
Pet food components are broken down into the following categories: protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber and moisture. The inorganic components of pet food, such as minerals and vitamins, are called "ash" because they are not incinerated when the food is burned for its nutritional analysis.

It was once thought that ash was responsible for Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). However, researchers now agree this is not the case. In fact, ash contains important minerals, such as calcium and manganese, which are needed for your pet's continued good health.
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