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What Low-Protein Really Means in Cat Food

Low-Protein Doesn’t Mean No Protein

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means the nutrition they need to stay healthy is derived from protein and fat. Dr. Hohenhaus explains, “All pet food is composed of protein, fat and carbohydrates—and if one goes up, the others go down so that a complete and balanced diet is created.” So it is important to note that a low-protein cat food will still contain a nutritionally necessary amount of protein. She elaborates by saying, “These prescription diets have reduced protein compared to regular diets, but protein still makes up a fairly reasonable portion of the diet.” While the protein is reduced, it is normally of a higher quality, so it is more easily digested and metabolized by your cat’s body.

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