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Following some eye-opening research into pet foods in general, we're now feeding our cats Wellness pet foods: 1/3cup (lite) dry & 1/2 can wet per day (each).

However I have a question as to the protein content of wet food. The Wellness canned that we feed our cats lists crude protein content at 9%. It's my understanding that cats require much more protein than this and yet many people are recommending a wet-only diet. Or is there some trick in the labelling?

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You have to compare the protein levels on a dry matter basis. For example, if a cat food has 30% crude protein and a 10% moisture content, it would have 33.3% protein on a dry matter basis. A food with 9% crude protein and a 78% moisture content would have 40.91% protein on a dry matter basis. So, most canned food is higher in protein than dry food.
 

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The moisture content is what makes it appear to be so differnt. Aime gave a good example of how to compare the two more accurately. Not to worry, your cat will get plenty of protein from canned food.
 
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