Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Carnivorous Mammals: Nutrient Digestibility and Energy Evaluation Marcus Clauss,1 Helen Kleffner,2 and Ellen Kienzle2 1Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland 2Chair of Animal Nutrition and Dietetics, Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany
A few highlights just from skimming it.....
"Regressions of digestible protein or fat content vs. the crude protein (CP) or fat content indicated no relevant differences in the digestive physiology between the carnivore groups."
"Protein digestion is similar for domestic dogs and cats (Fig. 2A). The regression lines of the domestic animals (variables given in Table 2) are used as comparison for the wild animal groups. Canids (Fig. 2B), felids and hyenids (Fig. 2C), mustelids (Fig. 2D), pinnipeds (Fig. 2E), and ursids (Fig. 2F) all show a similar pattern as the domestic animals."
(In other words, ALL of the above animals are CARNIVORES and process meat in very similar ways.)
"there appears to be no reason to suspect fundamental differences in the digestive efficiency of the various carnivore groups investigated"
"Domestic cats are peculiar in their lower fat digestibility as compared to dogs [NRC, 2006] and the other carnivorous species investigated"
"At higher temperatures, the formation of Maillard products will result in compromised protein digestibility; in such foods—canned, pelleted, or extruded foods"
"Because plant protein is often less digestible than that of meat, diets containing a high proportion of plant material are overestimated in their energy content when ‘‘Atwater factors’’ are used"
This is PURE GOLD!!!! (dance) I can't wait to go and actually read this in depth! Amazing find!