By the type of their food, cats are true predators. In nature, they prefer different prey (mouse-like rodents, frogs, and even some insects). At the same time, they eat their prey whole. This concept of nutrition is incorporated into the cat food system, called the Prey model (Prey model raw, PMR), where cats are fed either whole carcasses of animals and birds, or a ratio of meat ingredients close to the “ideal prey”is used. For example, a diet containing 80-87% parts of the carcass with the heart, skin, tendons and fat, 5-10% – bones, 3-5% – liver, 5% – other offal. the prey model is used to create frozen and chilled animal diets.
The “whole prey” principle is taken into account by some dry feed producers (for example, the Whole Prey ratio is used when creating Acana Regionals 25 feeds).In dry cat food can be used fish meal from freshly caught fish (herring, flounder, hake, perch, pike perch, trout, char, sardines, etc.), whole egg powder
In balanced dry diets for cats, there should be a high content of animal proteins (over 40%), while the protein content should be at the level of approximately 30-34%.
Feed flour obtained from meat and fish contains an increased percentage of protein compared to the raw material. However, due to heat treatment, the availability of protein for animals is reduced from 90-98% to 60-80%.
Table Approximate protein content in feed and raw materials
Feed/Approximate protein content in natural product/protein Content in feed flour
Chicken 19-23%/ 55-60%
Cod of 17.5%/46-63%
Salmon 20%/ 64-66%
Turkey 21-22%/ 56-60%
Egg 12-13%/ 46%
A large percentage of protein in the feed negatively affects the health of the kidneys, leads to increased gas formation in the intestine, where excess protein literally rotts, provokes diseases of the digestive organs.
Chicken, Turkey, rabbit, fish, veal, salmon, lamb, and duck are the most commonly used sources of animal protein in cat diets. For cats with sensitive digestion and allergies, diets have been developed with a single source of protein (duck, chicken, Turkey, salmon, etc.), including protein hydrolysates of animal and vegetable protein.
Among the rare food tastes in Russia, we can mention diets with Sanabelle Adult ostrich with ostrich meat (at least 20%), Russian karma Goose feed (at least 46% of goose meat). Orijen Tundra feeds contain goat, duck, sheep, wild boar, deer, whole Arctic char and sardine. Wildcat Rani cat diets contain pheasant meat (minimum 32%) and duck meat (minimum 26%).
Seafood is a valuable concentrated source of protein. Due to the high taste appeal in cat food, they are often used as part of wet treats. Among the new arrivals in Russia is Holistic Prime Ever Delicacy (in Russia, these Goodies are presented by the company “Athena”). Canned treats include tuna fillet, white fish, crab meat, shrimp, and chicken fillet.
Do not skimp on your favorite four-legged friend, because good nutrition is the key to his health and longevity. Pet stores now offer a wide range of feed, including domestic producers.