metabolizable protein

Asked April 1, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

We feed our cat both wet- and dryfood. The dryfood label shows 30% protein and the wetfood label shows 11% protein. Our vet said if we should "subtract out" the 80% moisture in the wetfood we end up with more than 50% protein. But, this does not say how much of the protein is metabolized in the body. An article in Cat Fancy magazine suggests cats need 40% protein in their diet. They do not say if this is crude or metabloizable protein. Can you help clarify this for me? Thank you, Darryl Davis

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Darryl, I could not find an expert in this area. I would say that you vet is still your best resource.