Cat Foods with Protein
Protein is the basic building blocks of the body. The cells, tissues, and organs would not function properly without protein.
Protein itself is made from something smaller: amino acids. The body needs 22 amino acids to function properly. Cats can produce 11 of these amino acids naturally. These 11 amino acids are called non-essential.
The remaining amino acids are considered essential amino acids, because it is very important to provide these amino acids in the diet.
The reason why cats need a higher protein diet than dogs is because cats break down these amino acids at a quicker rate, meaning they need more protein to satisfy this.
Animal Protein Vs Plant Protein
Cats are obligate carnivores. This means they need to eat meat.
Plant protein sources are added to commercial cat food formulas to boost the average protein levels. These foods can be labelled as high protein because it is true; they will be high in plant protein. This tricks consumers into thinking the food is high quality, even though it may not be.
Plant proteins contain less of certain amino acids, including methionine, lysine, and tryptophan. These are referred to as incomplete proteins.
In almost every commercial cat food on the market, you’ll see Taurine supplemented. Taurine is an essential amino acid that cannot be produced naturally by a cats system. It never really matters if the commercial cat food is animal protein based, or plant protein based, you’ll see ‘Taurine’ listed as an ingredient more often than not.
You want to see more of this:
And not this:
Corn gluten meal
if you want to find a quality cat food with protein in it.