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The Importance of High-Quality Protein

Not all protein sources are the same when it comes to feeding your cat. Cats are carnivores and require a diet high in fat and essential nutrients that aren't found in plant proteins such as soybean meal. Eukanuba® cat food products contain animal-based proteins that provide all the essential amino acid requirements, such as taurine, for cats. In addition, special refining and quality assurance tests ensure that we use only high-quality, highly digestible protein sources for increased digestibility.

Unique Fatty Acids in Our Foods

There are two important types of fatty acids for cats—omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids, found in chicken fat and corn, are essential for maintenance of skin and coat and proper membrane structure. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in ingredients such as fishmeal. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important in blood clotting and decreasing inflammation, among other things. All Eukanuba products contain sources of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

Our research has shown that including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids helps provide optimal skin and coat condition in cats. All of our products contain an adjusted omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio.

A Better Fiber for Cat Digestion

Our research has shown that moderately fermentable fiber, such as beet pulp, enhances intestinal health. The fermentable part of the fiber is broken down by intestinal bacteria to provide short-chain fatty acids, an energy source for intestinal cells. The non-fermentable component provides bulk for normal feces.

Using only highly fermentable fibers can cause problems, such as excess gas, while using only non-fermentable fibers, such as peanut hulls, promotes excess stool volume, because they are of no nutritional value.

All Eukanuba products contain a patented fiber system of moderately fermentable fiber to help keep a cat's digestive system healthy.

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