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FATS IN THE DIET OF INDOOR AND FREE-RANGING DOMESTIC CATS
 
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WULS-SGGW, Institute of Food Sciences
Publication date: 2021-06-08
 
2020;(600):13–20
 
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Fat plays an important role in cats diet. It is as an energy source, it also increases the palatability of food, is a source of essential fatty acids and it is a carrier of fat-soluble   vitamins. Cats are unique, because they are evolutionarily adapted to digesting large amounts of saturated fat. Unlike other mammals, they could not effective convert linoleic acid to arachidonate. In this paper, the quantity and quality of lipid fraction of food consumed by indoor and free-living cats are compare. Available data of crude fat content and the fatty acid composition were compared for commercial dry and wet food, commercial whole prey items and the recommendations of Association of American Feed Control   Officials and European Pet Food Industry Federation.
 
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