Protein Quality & Quantity

  • Dogs
  • Cats

Dogs

Dogs are omnivorous carnivores and require their diet to have a meat protein source. We have broken the meat analysis scoring into two parts – the first awards points for the ingredient based on quality and nutritional benefit to the dog, the second is for the percentage of meat quantity found in the food.

Contributes 40% to the ingredient score for dogs

Cats

Cats are obligate carnivores and require their diet to have a very high meat protein source. We have broken the meat analysis scoring into two parts – the first awards points for the ingredient based on quality and nutritional benefit to the cat, the second is for the percentage of meat quantity found in the food.

Contributes 50% to the ingredient score for cats

How Else Do We Score?

Protein Source Quality

Meat quality in pet food is broken down into 5 different categories which are listed below. The more points awarded the better meat quality.

2/10Points
Scored

Meat and Animal Derivatives
(and Unspecified Meat Meal)

Meat and Animal derivatives can encompass a large variety of ingredients and there is no way of telling if there are poor quality ingredients or allergens within the mix which is why it is rated so badly.

4/10Points
Scored

NAMED Meat Meal

Named Meat Meal is a good source of concentrated protein and is quite digestible. You can judge the types of proteins/amino acids which will be present and their quantities.

6/10Points
Scored

Fresh Carcass
(also known as Fresh Meat)

Fresh Carcass is a very good source of protein which is very easy to digest and has a good quantity and range of amino acids.

8/10Points
Scored

Organs / BSF grubs

Organs are great sources of different proteins and add extra vitamins and minerals to the food. Whole BSF grubs are a highly digestible protein source that utilise a good amino acid profile for your pet.

10/10Points
Scored

Fresh Whole Carcass

Fresh Whole Carcass is the pinnacle of protein sources, being highly digestible, with a great range of proteins and amino acids. This is meat you would eat.

Named Protein Source Quantity

Dogs require a high meat content in their diet for sustainability, growth and repair. Having a high meat content percentage will mean better digestibility and better nutritional value to the dog. The boxes below show the scores given for varying percentages of content in the food.

Quantity as percentage
0-20%
2/10Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
21-30%
4/10Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
31-40%
6/10Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
41-50%
8/10Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
51%+
10/10Points
Scored

Named Protein Source Quantity

Cats require a high meat content in their diet for sustainability, growth and repair. They use proteins as a source of energy. They also have a higher requirement of essential amino acids which need to be provided in the diet. Having a high meat content percentage will mean better digestibility and better nutritional value for the cat. The boxes below show the scores given for varying percentages of content in the food.

Quantity as percentage
0-40%
3/15Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
41-50%
6/15Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
51-60%
9/15Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
61-70%
12/15Points
Scored
Quantity as percentage
71%+
15/15Points
Scored