Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Feed Protein, Not Plants: Dr. Elsey's® cleanprotein™

Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they rely on nutrients found only in animal products (Cornell, 2017). There are so many products on the market now that try to entice people to buy "grain-free," "high-protein," "limited ingredient," and other key phrases. It's difficult to know what to choose that is best for your feline.





Nutritional Needs of Felines

Our cats evolved from hunters that consumed prey that contained high amounts of protein, moderate amounts of fat, and a minimal amount of carbohydrates. The modern day "house-cat" still requires these general proportions today alone with more than a dozen other nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. Currently, commercial cat food is available as dry kibble, semi-moist food, canned food, and various types of raw food. People tend to feed one type of commercial food or they may mix the food, such as both dry kibble and wet food. It's important to feed your cat two-three varieties of food (flavor, texture, recipes) to help avoid developing a finicky feline.
Brulee enjoying the Dr. Elsey's® cleanprotein™ Duck & Turkey canned food


Protein Needs of Felines

Cats need to eat more protein than most other animals. They can break down the protein into amino acids, which they burn for energy or use to make new proteins. Unfortunately, cats cannot make all 22 amino acids they need. This is why it's important that cats need diets consisting of animal protein because its amino acid content more closely matches the needs of felines than what plant proteins can provide. There are recent studies that state cats need approximately 2 grams of protein per their body weight. To help further understand how to calculate how much your cat needs each day, consider that an ounce of canned food is about 30 grams, so a 5.5-ounce of canned food contains approximately 160 grams of food (Buffington, 2017). 

Next, you should find the minimum percent protein of cat food diet you are feeding. This can be found on the can label or the company's website. After finding this value, you should multiply the grams of food fed by the percent of protein contained in the food.

I'll use Truffle's information to give an example:
Truffle's weight is 8 pounds. She would need approximately 16 grams of protein per can of food. If I feed her food from a 5.5-ounce can of cat food that contains 12% protein, I would multiply .12 x 160 grams and see that the can contains 19.2 grams of protein. I then divide 19.2 by 8 pounds and she would get 2.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight that day. If Truffle ate a complete can of this food, she would get the needed daily intake of protein. If you don't want to do all of the mathematics, you should make sure the canned food you are feeding contains at least 10 percent protein. If you are feeding a dry kibble, the percentage is much higher.
I found this information to be very interesting and began checking out the labels of the various brands and recipes of canned cat food I feed the girls.

Truffle enjoying her Dr. Elsey's® cleanprotein™ canned food

Dr. Elsey's® cleanprotein™ Cat Food

I've used Dr. Elsey's cat litter for several years now and recently discovered the company began a food line for cats, cleanprotein kibble and canned food in 2017. The cleanprotein food was inspired by the protein levels found in the natural prey for cats. The food was designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for cats through simple and high-quality ingredients. The Dr. Elsey's cleanprotein recipes help curb your cat's appetite so she can maintain a healthy weight at every stage of life.

Dr. Elsey's cleanprotein is 100% grain-free and gluten-free and over 90% of the protein is animal-based. The cleanprotein food excludes plants commonly found in competitive diets, which means it has low oxalate that helps ensure healthy kidney function and an active lifestyle.

I used the percent of protein in the cleanprotein salmon recipe pate to calculate the information above. All of their canned recipes contain enough animal protein to meet the needs to my two Persian cats. The cleanprotein canned food is available in chicken pate, salmon pate, turkey pate, ocean whitefish pate, beef pate, duck & turkey pate, and rabbit & turkey pate. The cleanprotein is also available in single source animal protein recipes: pork, duck, and salmon (coming soon).

We received some samples of salmon and duck & turkey pate to try. Both Truffle and Brulee liked it. I look forward to trying the rabbit & turkey and the chicken recipes since those are two of the girls' favorite flavors. Dr. Elsey's also offers all of the canned recipes in a variety pack.

I'm very please with the quality of the food (high protein) and the fact that both of my cats love it.

To find out more about Dr. Elsey's® cleanprotein™ and stay up-to-date with the products, be sure to follow them on social media.






Giveaway

We're excited to announce that one of our readers has the opportunity to win a Variety Pack of Dr. Elsey's® cleanprotein™ wet food.  No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from September 18 - 28, 2019, ending at 11:59 pm ET. The winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim her prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post (we do check to ensure a comment was written).  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book!


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References
Buffington, Tony, DVM. December 4, 2017. How Much Protein Does Your Cat Need? Fear Free Happy Homes. https://fearfreehappyhomes.com/much-protein-cat-need/

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. 2017. Feeding Your Cat. Cornell Feline Health Center. 
https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feeding-your-cat.

29 comments:

  1. We'd probably like all the flavors - no one here is very picky.

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  2. Ha! I'm happy to have been chosen for the Backcountry giveaway, so I'll try again! I like the idea of using a cats natural food (mice, birds) as a template for this food.

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  3. We've have their kibble but not the wet food, it looks pretty good!

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  4. It's really important for humans to read the cat food labels and figure all this out! We only eat canned food, so would love to give this a try.

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  5. I know my Casper would love the chicken pate - he eats anything chicken. The good news is, even if he doesn't, these look good enough for me to serve at Thanksgiving later this year.

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  6. That looks like a great food. I am sure my piggies would enjoy any flavor.

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  7. My two cats seem to love salmon! —I only feed them “fishy” wet foods when it’s of a trusted, high-quality brand. And I don’t think they’ve ever had rabbit before, so I’d be curious to see what they think of that.
    —Ann (L.....B@yahoo.com)

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  8. Quite an assortment of flavors! I've never tried rabbit.

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  9. The salmon sounds yum to me so I'm sure my cats would love it too!

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  10. Yes, I've found my cats loved meat protein over the dry food. It's more natural to their biology and also better for hydration and getting moisture in their diet. Dry kibble doesn't provide that. Good luck to the participants. Someone's going to be only lucky kitty!

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  11. Good information about the different types of cat food. I don't have a cat, but it sounds like Dr. Elsey's food is a good choice.

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  12. I like the Dr Elsey's people the talk a lot of sense and seem so conscious of our cats health so we know they can be trusted.

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  13. I rotate proteins with my cats so they would love all of these!! They go through wet food so fast. I am 9 months pregnant so winning this package would be so nice for me to be able to stock up on food for the kitties before the baby comes!

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  14. I always like the fishy recipes but I would give the duck a try in the variety pack. I've been surprising TW by eating more poultry. Thanks for another great giveaway.

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  15. Mr. N gets canned cat food as a treat/camping food sometimes as dog food cans tend to be more than one meal for him. He likes rabbit and duck.

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  16. Rabbit is a favorite here too. It isn’t easy to find. I wonder what my furballs would think of this food. It looks like a good option if cats like it.

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  17. Sounds like a great cat food although I do not feed it to Layla

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  18. I think my sister's cat usually gets chicken or fish. Although my sister is a vegan, she is well aware that cats are obligate carnivores. Dr. Elsey's clean protein looks like a great choice!

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  19. Manna and Dexter would love to try these foods. I think that any of the chicken or turkey recipes would go over great with them. They agree that the more protein they can get, the better!

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  20. All I can add to this that I absolutely agree. Cats are not rabbits.

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  21. My cats would love the duck and turkey!

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  22. My 2 cats would love them all, not picky eaters they eat it all. MEOW

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  23. He loves anything - chicken, turkey, beef, fish flavors, etc.. I'm sure he'll love all of these too.

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  24. I think my cats would like the chicken pate

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  25. My cats would probably like the Duck and Turkey because they really like chicken.

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  26. The clean protein salmon recipe pate.

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  27. I have one cat, he is almost 3 years old and I am looking to change his diet to help improve his general health and nutrition. When I adopted him from the shelter, they suggested 1/3 of a 150g can of cat food per day along with a scoop of dry food a day. Does any one has suggestion? i`m looking into pet food apps for diet plan.

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  28. Oh maybe Mom will let me try the beef pate, 'cause I'm not allergic to beef. I bet the duck, turkey or salmon would be tasty, but the test V-E-T ran says I'm allergic to those things. I wish I could convince Mom that I'm only allergic to the V-E-T. Tee hee hee.

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