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Feature July 2017 Issue

Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies

If you shop for a cat food that is AAFCO-approved, you are choosing a food that has complied with vigorous nutritional standards.

Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies

Today’s commercial cat foods are generally well balanced and complete — but you can get into trouble if you try a homemade diet or give supplements.

While individual cats may differ dramatically in various ways, all are alike in their need for a nutritionally sound and palatable daily diet. Fortunately, says Cailin Heinze, VMD, DACVN, assistant professor of nutrition at the Cummings School, nutritionally sound cat foods are readily available in abundance these days on the shelves of local supermarkets and pet supply stores. The ingredients of these commercial products are based on requirements published annually by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), which stipulate that — in order to be labeled “complete” and “balanced” — the foods must comply with rigorous AAFCO nutritional standards.

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