Macronutrients in feline health

Cecilia Villaverde, Andrea J Fascetti

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Dietary macronutrients include protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Current nutritional recommendations establish minimums but not maximums for protein and fat but not for carbohydrates; thus, commercial feline maintenance diets have a wide range of macronutrient distribution depending on manufacturer, ingredients, and processing. There is growing interest and discussion, however, in defining the ideal macronutrient composition of feline diets to maximize longevity and health. Current recommendations should be tailored to each patient based on age, body condition, presence of muscle mass atrophy, and the presence of disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-717
Number of pages19
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Feline
  • Nutrition
  • Protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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