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A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about how to read a cat food label. I got tons of emails back thanking me for the tips but also asking some more questions. I’ll try to answer some of these questions here and in future emails.

One question was – what is the Guaranteed Analysis portion of the label mean?

This section of the pet food label lists the amounts of each ingredient contained in the food. Typically, the minimum amount of the ingredients is listed and not always the exact amount.

When comparing one product to another, you must take moisture content into account. The ingredients should be compared on a dry matter basis. This means that if 82 percent moisture is present in the food, the remaining items comprise 18 percent of the diet.

The minimum values listed for each ingredient (besides water) should be divided by 0.18 in order to get a dry matter amount.

Now two cat food products can be compared fairly.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. There are tons of brands and formulations of cat foods available. Make sure you feed the one that meets your cat’s life stage (kitten, adult, or senior) or special needs such as obesity
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December 10, 2007 - Posted by | Feline Health, Uncategorized

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