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Effect of Tuna Based Formulated Diet on Growth and Play Behaviour of Domestic Cats

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N. Abeysinghe,

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Gonawila 60170, LK
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Department of Livestock and Avian Sciences, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition
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H. N. N. Dilrukshi

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Gonawila 60170, LK
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Department of Livestock and Avian Sciences, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition
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Abstract

Feline diet plays a vital role in growth and behaviour of cats. The amount of Taurine (an essential amino acid) in the diet is a limiting factor for growth and the high cost of commercial feline feeds is a problem especially in developing countries. The objectives of the study were to formulate a cat diet using locally available cheaper ingredients and to evaluate its effect on growth rates, skin/coat conditions, activity levels based on play behaviour (social play and object play) of cats and sensory attributes for cat faeces. The key ingredient of the formulated diet was tuna as it enriched with the Taurine requirement of feline. Eight weaned domestic kittens were tested as two groups fed with two diet types; formulated and commercial, independently. Sensory attributes of faecal samples, skin and coat, periodic weights, social and individual behaviours were monitored. The growth rate of the kittens of two diet groups showed that there was no significant difference (p>0.05). The sensory test showed that the faeces from commercial diet group had stronger odours (p<0.05) and darker colours (p<0.05). The texture of the faeces and sensory attributes of skin/coat did not show significant differences (p>0.05). All social play behaviour types for two diet groups were significantly different (p<0.05) and, the felines from the formulated diet group showed higher frequency in play behaviour. Formulated diet group had significantly (p<0.05) higher activity rates for arching and stalking. Commercial diet fed group cried more often compared to the formulated diet group. Thus, the formulated diet comprises a balanced nutritional profile that meets the normal growth rates of felines and satisfying activity levels for the cats.
How to Cite: Abeysinghe, N. and Dilrukshi, H.N.N., 2016. Effect of Tuna Based Formulated Diet on Growth and Play Behaviour of Domestic Cats. Journal of Food and Agriculture, 9(1-2), pp.50–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jfa.v9i1-2.5206
Published on 30 Dec 2016.
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