Evaluation of nutrient digestibility and fecal characteristics of exotic felids fed horse- or beef-based diets: use of the domestic cat as a model for exotic felids.

@article{Vester2010EvaluationON,
  title={Evaluation of nutrient digestibility and fecal characteristics of exotic felids fed horse- or beef-based diets: use of the domestic cat as a model for exotic felids.},
  author={Brittany M. Vester and Alison N. Beloshapka and Ingmar S. Middelbos and Sarah L Burke and Cheryl L Dikeman and Lee G. Simmons and Kelly S. Swanson},
  journal={Zoo biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={432-48}
}
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of feeding commercially available beef- and horse-based diets on nutrient digestibility and fecal characteristics of large captive exotic felids and domestic cats. Four species of large exotic felids including cheetahs, Malayan tigers, jaguars, and Amur tigers, and domestic cats were utilized in a crossover design. Raw meat diets included a beef-based diet (57% protein; 28% fat) and a horse-based diet (51% protein; 30% fat). All cats were… CONTINUE READING