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Table 2 Comparison of number of ingredients and nutrients per 1000 kcal in diets for cats

From: Influence of number of ingredients, use of supplement and vegetarian or vegan preparation on the composition of homemade diets for dogs and cats

  Number of ingredients
NRC FEDIAF
Mean ingredient number of diets below (± SE) Mean ingredient number of diets above (± SE) p Mean ingredient number of diets below (± SE) Mean ingredient number of diets above (± SE) p
Crude protein 4.33 ± 1.20 7.14 ± 0.57 0.097 4.50 ± 0.87 7.53 ± 0.63 0.022
Ether extract 5.00 ± 0.79 7.75 ± 0.70 0.072 5.00 ± 0.79 7.65 ± 0.67 0.028
Calcium 5.57 ± 0.89 7.28 ± 0.64 0.156 6.82 ± 0.63 6.75 ± 0.92 0.948
Phosphorus 10.00 ± 3.16 6.67 ± 0.53 0.226 6.32 ± 0.58 8.33 ± 1.18 0.113
Ca:P1 ratio 5.70 ± 0.76 8.00 ± 0.89 0.166
Potassium 6.40 ± 0.57 8.40 ± 1.30 0.140 6.96 ± 0.54 3.00 ± 1.73 0.162
Magnesium 6.00 ± 2.45 6.83 ± 0.53 0.757 5.50 ± 1.66 6.91 ± 0.55 0.470
Sodium 3.33 ± 1.05 7.27 ± 0.57 0.025 4.00 ± 0.82 7.68 ± 0.64 0.007
Copper 4.00 ± 2.00 6.92 ± 0.54 0.290 6.00 ± 1.73 6.87 ± 0.55 0.655
Iron 6.32 ± 0.54 10.33 ± 1.85 0.021 a a a
Manganese 7.81 ± 0.70 5.00 ± 0.75 0.017 7.63 ± 0.63 4.17 ± 0.83 0.010
Selenium 6.88 ± 0.63 6.62 ± 0.91 0.820 6.95 ± 0.58 6.00 ± 1.22 0.510
Zinc 6.69 ± 0.65 7.00 ± 0.88 0.820 6.95 ± 0.58 6.00 ± 1.22 0.510
  1. Legend: NRC Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats [16], FEDIAF Fédération Européenne de l’Industrie des Aliments pour Animaux Familiers [15], SE standard error; 1Ca calcium, P phosphorus
  2. aAll diets had a deficiency of this nutrient