A DE­TAILED LIST OF DIF­FER­ENCES IN IN­GRE­DI­ENTS FOR CATS AND DOGS

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NU­TRI­ENT

Pro­tein Vi­ta­min A (Retinol)

Niacin (An es­sen­tial B vi­ta­min)

Argi­nine (Build­ing block for pro­teins that is in­volved in aid­ing the elim­i­na­tion of pro­tein waste prod­ucts)

Tau­rine (Re­spon­si­ble for the healthy func­tion­ing of the heart, retina, bile fluid and cer­tain as­pects of re­pro­duc­tion)

Arachi­donic Acid (Fatty acid for fat uti­liza­tion and en­ergy pro­duc­tion)

DOG

• If fed with per­fectly balanced di­gestible pro­tein, the dog will use 12% of it for growth me­tab­o­lism and 4% for main­te­nance.

• Dogs can pro­duce their own Vi­ta­min A by break­ing down plant carotenoids in the lin­ing of their in­tes­tine us­ing their en­zymes.

• Dogs can ob­tain niacin by ei­ther con­vert­ing try­to­phan (a di­etary amino acid) into niacin or eat­ing pre­formed Niacin.

• Dogs can pro­duce argi­nine with their en­zymes.

• Dogs can pro­duce their tau­rine through their en­zymes.

• Dogs can man­u­fac­ture their own arachi­donic acid from linoleic acid by eat­ing proper fats.

CAT

• If fed with per­fectly balanced di­gestible pro­tein, the cat will use 20% of for growth me­tab­o­lism and 12% for main­te­nance.

• Cats need more meat as they pro­duce lit­tle or have no en­zymes to break down plant-pro­duced carotenoids.

• Cats can only eat pre­formed niacin be­cause it can­not be pro­duced by its own body’s chem­i­cal fac­tory.

•Ever no­tice the strong smell of am­mo­nia in a cat’s urine? As a cat’s meal is di­gested, pro­tein is bro­ken down, pro­duc­ing by-prod­ucts such as am­mo­nia. Argi­nine pre­vents am­mo­nia tox­i­c­ity, which can cause drool­ing, vom­it­ing, lethargy, and even con­vul­sions.

•Cats must eat meat to re­ceive suf­fi­cient amounts of tau­rine. This amino acid pre­vents cats from reti­nal degra­da­tion.

• Cats are not ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing arachi­donic acid even in the pres­ence of linoleic acid, and are de­pen­dent on food sources to get this nu­tri­ent.

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