Is a dry food with 20% protein really better than a
wet food with 6.5% protein?
The other week I was demonstrating Majstor wet food in a shop.
It struck me that some of the questions and answers I have received recently were recurring.
– There is too little fat!
– It’s too little protein!
Yes, if you compare dry food right upside down with wet food, there are noticeable differences.
Here’s a hint of what might be happening.
With this calculation, you can more easily compare different dog and cat foods.
i.e. dry food in relation to wet food. Or two different wet foods, for example.
What I am counting on here is:
The moisture content, i.e. the amount of water, varies in feeds and makes it difficult to compare differences between feeds when only reading the list of ingredients.
This simply means that you have to remove the moisture/water from the calculation and only compare the dry ingredients that remain. dry matter.
This allows you to compare wet and dry dog and cat foods that otherwise appear to be completely different.
Your dog or cat needs water too, but that still doesn’t tell us how much protein she will potentially absorb.
What remains is the true proportion of protein in the dry matter.
Here is an example:
We compare 2 products from the Majstor feed range. Both products are super-premium feeds, with different content declarations but the same purpose.
A dry feed and a wet feed
1.Dry food: Majstor Lamb & Rice Genuine.
Analysis: Protein 20%, Oil 11.5%, Fiber 3%, Ash 8%, Moisture 8%.
Fodder 100% – moisture content 8% = 92%.
Protein 20% /92% * 100 = 21.7% protein
2.wet food: Majstor VEGGIE Vegetarian dog food
Analysis: 6.5% protein, 6% fat, 2.2% ash, 1.20% fiber, 72% water
Wet feed 100% – moisture content/water 72% = 28%.
Protein 6.5% / 28% *100 = 23.21%.
Here we can actually see that VEGGIE wet feed has a higher protein content than
dry-fed Lamb & Rice Genuine.
By doing the same with fat and carbohydrates, we can get a decent idea of how much protein, fat and carbohydrates are in the feed and really compare a bit more equally between dry and wet feed, for example.
Another aspect is actually the quality of the raw material, which is usually reflected in the price, but certainly not always.
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