December 17, 2012

Cats pick and mix to achieve consistent intake of protein, fat and carbohydrate similar to diet of wild ancestors

New research has found that cats will select and combine wet and dry foods to achieve a consistent intake of protein, fat and carbohydrate, i.e. macronutrient intake. Even when offered complex combinations of different foods, cats will regularly target an intake of protein, fat and carbohydrate that is similar to that of wild cats. The findings indicate that domestic cats have retained the capacity to regulate macronutrient intake to closely match the “natural” diet of their wild ancestors.

The research was conducted by scientists from the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition – the science centre underpinning Mars Petcare brands such as WHISKAS®, NUTRO® and ROYAL CANIN. It was undertaken in collaboration with scientists from the University of Sydney (Australia) and the Institute of Natural Sciences at Massey University (New Zealand).