Dogs Prefer Fat, Cats Go For Carbs, Study Finds

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A new study refutes common beliefs about pet food preferences -- it found dogs want fat, cats prefer carbs.

Researchers analyzed 17 dogs and 27 cats over 28 days. The animals got to choose between four different types of food -- high-fat, high-carb, high-protein and balanced. The study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, found none of the animals chose the highest percentage of their calories from protein. Cats chose 43 percent of their calories from carbs and 30 percent protein; dogs preferred 41 percent fat and 36 percent carbs.

The Pet Nutrition Center of Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., supported the research.

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