Nutrient (miminum) requirements of Cats (Growth) expressed as a percentage or amount per kg DM (dry matter)

by Christine M. Ruessheim

 

Nutrient
NRC 1986 a
NRC 1978
CVMA 1987 b
CVMA c
AAFCO 1994 d
WCPN 1994 d
Protein, %
24.00
33.30
28.00
55.00
30.00
24.00
Arginine, %
1.00
.
.
.
1.25
1.00
Histidine, %
0.30
.
.
.
0.31
0.30
Isoleucine, %
0.50
.
.
.
0.52
0.50
Leucine, %
1.20
.
.
.
1.25
1.20
Lysine, %
0.80
.
.
.
1.20
0.80
Methionine-cysteine, %
0.75
.
.
.
1.10
0.75
Phenylalanine-tyrosine, %
0.85
.
.
.
0.88
0.85
Threonine, %
0.70
.
.
.
0.73
0.70
Tryptophan, %
0.15
.
.
.
0.25
0.15
Valine, %
0.60
.
.
.
0.62
0.60
Taurine, %
0.04
.
.
.
0.20 (0.10) e
0.25 (0.10) e
Fat, %
.
.
9.00
50.00
.
.
Linoleic acid,%
0.50
.
1.00
.
0.50
0.50
Arachidonic acid, %
0.02
.
0.01
.
0.02
0.02
MINERALS
.
.
.
..
.
.
Calcium, %
0.80
.
1.00
4.00
1.00
0.50
Phosphorus, %
0.60
.
0.80
.
0.80
0.40
Potassium, %
0.44
.
0.30
.
0.60
0.40
Sodium, %
0.05
.
0.20
.
0.20
0.20
Chloride, %
0.19
.
0.30
.
0.30
0.30
Magnesium, %
0.04
.
0.05
.
0.08
0.03
Iron, mg/kg
80.00
.
100.00
1500.00
80.00
80.00
Copper, mg/kg
5.00
.
5.00
.
5.00
5.00
Manganese, mg/kg
5.00
.
10.00
.
7.50
5.00
Zinc, mg/kg
50.00
.
30.00
.
75.00
50.00
Iodine, mg/kg
0.35
.
1.00
.
0.35
0.35
Selenium, mg/kg
0.10
.
0.10
10.00
0.10
0.10
VITAMINS
.
.
.
.
.
.
Vit. A, IU/kg
3333.00
27777.00
10000.00
87000.00
9000.00
3000
Vit. D, IU/kg
500.00
1111.00
1000.00
10000.00
750.00
250
Vit. E, IU/kg
30.00
151.00
80.00
1000.00
30.00
30.00
Vit. K, IU/kg
.
.
.
2000.00
0.10
0.10
Thiamin, mg/kg
5.00
4.40
5.00
5000.00
5.00
5.00
Riboflavin, mg/kg
4.00
4.40
5.00
100.00
4.00
4.00
Pantothenic acid, mg/kg
5.00
5.50
10.00
2000.00
5.00
5.00
Niacin, mg/kg
40.00
44.00
45.00
.
60.00
40.00
Pyridoxine, mg/kg
4.00
2.20
4.00
50.00
4.00
4.00
Folic acid, mg/kg
0.80
.
1.00
.
0.80
0.80
Biotin, mg/kg
0.07
.
0.05
1.00
0.07
0.07
B-12, mcg/kg
0.02
.
0.02
6.00
0.02
0.02
Choline, g/kg
2.40
3.30
.
.
2.40
2.40
Vitamin C, mg/kg
-
-
--
--
-
-

 

Legend:

a DM basis, 5 kcal ME/g
b DM basis, 4 kcal ME/g
c Suggested upper limit
d DM basis, 4 kcal ME/g
e higher value for canned food, lower value for dry food

AAFCO = Association of American Feed Control
CVMA = Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
NCR = National Academy of Science, Washington DC
WCPN = Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition

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