Pet food myth busters #1: Is High protein always the best?
Which protein is best for cats: Animal-derived protein or plant-derived protein?
Many pets owners, especially a cat’s owner, believe that cats should only consume food that is high in protein. Often, you would tend to put “high protein” label percentage to be their first priority to be considered on seeking diet. While reading the nutritional label on food packaging is one of the best ways to examine the proportion of protein in each serving, the nutritional label does not provide a comprehensive picture of the protein in the food.
Why not? Protein can be derived from many sources, such as animals or plants. However, protein derived from different sources is not equally good and may not necessarily satisfy a cat’s nutritional needs.
Then what would satisfy a cat’s nutritional requirements?
To fulfill a cat’s nutritional needs, the food will need to contain essential amino acids because the cat’s body is unable to produce essential amino-acids by itself. Not every kind of protein contains the same kinds and proportions of amino acids. Proteins that are animal-derived contain high proportions of essential amino acids, BUT plant-derived protein such as beans does not contain an adequate amount of essential amino acids, instead, it contains antinutrients that lead to digestive issues in cats.
Not only will animal-derived protein with high proportions of essential amino acids fulfill the nutritional needs, but it will also reduce the risk of the cat developing malnutrition or other health issues. Animal-derived protein is the most suitable protein source for cats. Change your perception about high protein and start to look for animal-derived protein to fulfill your cat’s nutritional needs.
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