OPTIMUM® understands the importance of protein in
your cat's diet, which is why the OPTIMUM® Dry range for
cats offers the highest level of protein* in every feed.
If you'd like to understand more about protein, what it is and
why it's so vital to your cat's everyday health, read on.
Learn all this and more here:
- What is protein?
- Why does a cat need protein?
- How much protein does a cat need?
- Benefits of protein in a cat's diet
- Fresh meat v's protein
*The OPTIMUM Dry cat range contains the highest protein of pet
food in the supermarket.
Proteins are large organic compounds made of
amino acids which are essential parts of organisms and participate
in every process within cells.
Many proteins are enzymes that catalyse
biochemical reactions and are vital to metabolism. Proteins also
have structural or mechanical functions assisting in muscle and
Cats' bodies are only able to synthesize the
amino acids they need, by obtaining essential amino acids from
their food. Through the process of digestion, a cat will break down
ingested protein into free amino acids which can then be
Cats by nature are obligate carnivores, so
their metabolism and dietary needs are different from other
species, including dogs. Cats' bodies work best when they consume a
high-protein diet, like OPTIMUM® Dry
product, which reduces reliance on their less-efficient
carbohydrate metabolism. The OPTIMUM® Dry range
contains up to 43% quality protein which is double that of fresh
Though cats are strict carnivores, feeding
them meat alone may not provide them with the levels of important
vitamins and nutrients they need - for example, calcium and Vitamin
E. For this reason, it is critical that you provide your cat a diet
that contains optimal levels of protein and other critical
nutrients their bodies require for optimal health.
It's comforting to know that through
extensive research and understanding of cats, all
OPTIMUM® products have been developed by leading pet
health scientists that know exactly what levels of protein your cat
needs, and how to deliver it. The OPTIMUM® range of dry
food for cats provides a premium health diet, packed with high
levels of quality protein for every lifestage of your cat. Like
many things, quality protein is more important than quantity.
Protein quality refers to how easily the body can break down and
digest the protein from food into essential amino acids. The
OPTIMUM® Dry cat range contains high levels of quality
protein, so your cat can efficiently digest and metabolise the
So if you want to ensure your cat is getting
the right amount of quality protein in every feed, (in addition to
other essential nutrition) simply choose the right variety of
OPTIMUM® for your cat, whether it be a kitten, adult or
mature cat. The right nutrition for your cat is available on the
The OPTIMUM® range of products is
the only brand available in the supermarket that offers the perfect
Macro-Nutrient Profile with up to 43% protein**, and the right
balance of other vital ingredients to meet your cat's unique daily
**OPTIMUM Dry Kitten Formula
Your cat requires high levels of protein in
it's diet every day; however it is good to know that protein can
also help to promote the following health benefits which are
important to your cat's overall wellbeing:
Although your cat may love the taste and feel
of fresh meat, it will not receive the optimal nutritional balance
it requires from eating fresh meat alone.
This is why it's recommended to feed your cat
a well balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and a
balance of Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate.
The OPTIMUM® range delivers
balanced nutrition tailored to every life stage and taste variety
that your cat will love.