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The ‘Guaranteed Analysis’ Puzzle

The ‘Guaranteed Analysis’ Puzzle

Decoding one of the biggest sources of confusion regarding cat food labels: Lots of numbers that are hard for pet owners to put into practical use.

When you look at the label on any package of cat food, the most dizzying part will no doubt be the Guaranteed Analysis, a bunch of numbers given either as percentages or “milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg)” with no accompanying key to explain their meaning in a cat’s diet. To make matters even more complicated, each number is listed as a “minimum” or “maximum,” so you don’t know whether you’re getting the least or, conversely, the most allowed.

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