Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Why is there ash in cat food?

This is a question many people wonder about. So I checked. The answer:

Because most meat that is prepared for cat food is cooked at a high temperature, it leaves a residue of ash. Within the ash, there is calcium, magnesium, potassium and other trace minerals. Therefore; food with a higher proportion of meat content will contain more ash. However, better quality meat will produce less ash. Cats require a certain amount of ash in their diets so it cannot be eliminated completely.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Over the years, cat owners were told to avoid buying cat food with high ash content because it was one of the major causes of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Ash was responsible for the cultivation of crystals in cat urine, thus blocking the urinary tract.

Recent studies have proved that high amounts of ash do not necessarily cause FLUTD.

Instinctive Choice: At
ASH (MAX.) 2.2%

Life's Abundance: At
Ash (max) 6.5%
Magnesium 0.085%

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