Protein is found in a wide variety of foods such as meats and eggs and is an integral part of any diet. Protein is especially important for cats as they are obligate carnivores and, therefore, naturally have a higher protein requirement than dogs.
Protein is often described as the body’s ‘building blocks’. The body is able to use them in varying combinations to build structures of different shapes and complexity. For example, protein is required to form new tissue – such as fur and muscle, which can be used in energy production and be used functionally in enzyme production within the body.
In particular, puppies and kittens have a high demand for protein to account for all the additional ‘building’ they require for their growth and development.
As the body can’t store protein in the same way it can with fat and other nutrients, sufficient protein must be supplied in the pets daily ration. However, a high protein percentage doesn’t always mean that cats and dogs are getting better quality food. This can depend on the digestibility of the proteins within the recipe.
Transparency is Needed
Half of UK cat and dog owners find the ingredients list on pet food difficult to understand. Being transparent about the ingredients and telling consumers the exact proportion of meat and fish content in products is the least a brand can do to build confidence with their audience.
Cooking Meats to Ensure Bio-Availability
Here at GA Pet Food Partners, freshly prepared meats are gently cooked at 82 degrees Celsius. This gentle cooking process protects the nutrients, therefore allowing the pet to have optimal nutrient bio-availability.
Article written by Emma Hunt