on July 30, 2010

Effects of fiber type in cats

Pectin and fructooligosaccharides may be useful fiber sources in promoting intestinal health of the cat

The effects of fiber type on nutrient digestibility fermentative end-products and fecal microbial populations were studied in 12 young adult male cats that received a diet containing either 4% cellulose, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) or pectin.

Fecal indole concentrations increased when cats were supplemented with FOS. Fecal acetate, propionate and total short-chain…

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