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Table 1 Nutrient intake, fecal production, fecal score and apparent nutrient digestibility in cats fed with increasing levels of YAM

From: Effects of Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall addition on feed digestibility, fecal fermentation and microbiota and immunological parameters in adult cats

  Diets  
Item CD SEM YAM 0.3 SEM YAM 0.6 SEM p-value
Intake, g/day
 Dry matter 60.33 6.65 61.07 4.53 55.89 3.43 0.727
 Organic matter 60.09 7.08 62.82 4.59 57.20 3.51 0.732
 Crude protein 20.81 2.45 20.24 1.48 18.58 1.14 0.617
 Acid-hydrolyzed fat 8.53 1.07 10.77 0.78 8.97 0.55 0.160
 Crude fiber 1.13 0.14 1.48 0.10 1.41 0.08 0.109
 Ash 3.67 0.46 4.67 0.34 4.55 0.24 0.187
 Nitrogen-free extract 25.20 2.97 24.56 1.79 22.90 1.40 0.707
Fecal production
 Fecal production, g/DM/d 7.22 1.01 9.10 0.74 7.87 0.44 0.808
 Fecal score 4.41 0.24 4.67 0.15 4.55 0.24 0.628
Apparent nutrient digestibility, %
 Dry matter 84.04 1.16 84.92 0.94 85.78 0.68 0.394
 Organic matter 87.38 0.93 87.82 0.95 87.82 0.71 0.677
 Crude protein 87.42 1.22 88.35 1.25 87.60 0.99 0.631
 Acid-hydrolyzed fat 93.99 1.63 95.21 0.89 95.21 0.68 0.354
 Crude fiber 14.60a 3.56 27.11b 3.85 33.79b 4.25 0.013
 Ash 43.28a 2.85 50.10b 1.12 53.55c 1.09 < 0.001
 Nitrogen-free extract 89.62 1.01 88.58 0.91 89.80 0.78 0.597
Gross energy, kcal/g 3.99a 0.05 3.82ab 0.05 3.71b 0.04 0.033
  1. a,b,c Values in the same row with different superscripts differ significantly
  2. Diets: CD (control diet); YAM 0.3 (control diet containing 0.3% yeast with active metabolites); YAM 0.6 (control diet containing 0.6% yeast with active metabolites)
  3. SEM standard error of the mean