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Old January 5th, 2005, 06:43 AM
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Low protein diets for cats

Cats are obligate carnivores, they can not manufacture certain amino acids. If feeding a diet, then use a premium diet that has as its protein source some animal product.

Plant proteins are not easily digestible and can cause a fair amount of wear and tear on the kidneys. If your kitty suffers from liver disease or kidney disease, then use a prescription diet such as Hill's/Iams/Purina/etc. Prescription diets come in wet and dry preparations.

If you are cooking for your pet, than make certain that animal protein is a key ingredient. I would consider anything less than 18% as low protein, other sources will have moderately different levels according to methods used to measure protein percentage, whether on a dry or wet basis, etc.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
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