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UTI CAT FOOD COMPARISON CHART

 

Young Again believes that urinary tract infections, crystals and kidney problems in today's cat are due mainly to excessive minerals consumed by our cats as they age.
Once you cat reaches 2-3 years of age they begin to over consume foods that contain high carbs. This over consumption of food is also why most cats today are overweight. Young Again contains less than 5% carbs and is made from animal protein which means your cat will consume half as much of our food versus the high carb competitors' food. The reason is simple; protein digests slowly and properly to efficiently fuel your cat's metabolism over longer periods of time.

If you have two diets and both contain 1% calcium (Ca) and .8% phosphorous (P). Diet one is loaded with carbs so a cat needs to eat 70g a day of this diet to feel satiated. Diet two (Young Again Cat Food) is full of protein and fat so the same cat would only need to eat 30g to get their daily requirement of nutrients. The cat eating diet one receives twice as many minerals as the cat eating diet two because they are consuming twice as much food.

Following the UTI comparison charts you will find a more detailed discussion on this topic.

Ingredients in red on the chart below are comprised of cereal grains, fruits, vegetables, grasses, plant proteins, forage material and/or other ingredients that contain plant protein. Plant based ingredients that are included as sources of non-digestible dietary fiber are exempt and not shown in red (examples Tomato Pomace, Beet Pulp, Cellulose, Guar Gum and Pea Fiber). Potato Starch, although a plant material, is not shown in red because it contains no plant proteins. However it is still important that the total amount of digestible carbohydrates in the diet remains less than 5%, matching the body composition of a juvenile mouse.


YOUNG AGAIN PHILOSOPHY: The Young Again Philosophy is that digestible carbs in excess of 5% should not be fed to obligate carnivores like your cat. Young Again also believes that you should feed free choice and not have to restrict feed or portion control your cat to promote proper weight.

Chart 1 of 3 UTI CAT FOOD BRAND
Ingredients in
red are plant products that we believe should not be fed to cats
Young Again
Zero Carb
Cat Food
Young Again
50/22
Cat Food
Purina Veterinary Diets UR Urinary St/Ox Purina Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Urinary SO Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Urinary SO Moderate Calorie Purina One Urinary Tract Health Formula
1st ingredient Chicken Meal Chicken Meal Corn Gluten Meal Brewers Rice Chicken Meal Chicken Meal Corn Gluten
Meal
2nd ingredient Pork Protein
Concentrate
Pork Protein
Concentrate
Chicken Corn Brewers Rice Brewers Rice Corn
3rd ingredient Poultry Fat Poultry Fat Poultry
By Product Meal
Corn Gluten
Meal
Corn Gluten
Meal
Corn Gluten
Meal
Chicken
4th ingredient Natural Chicken Flavor Potato Starch Brewers Rice Soybean Meal Corn Corn Brewers Rice
5th ingredient Herring Meal Tomato pomace
(source of fiber)
Oat Fiber Animal Fat Chicken Fat Powdered
Cellulose
Wheat Flour
6th ingredient Cellulose
(source of fiber)
Herring meal Wheat Gluten Animal Digest Natural Flavors Wheat Gluten Animal Fat
7th ingredient Fish Oil Natural chicken
flavor
Corn Fish Meal Soy Protein Isolate Natural Flavors Egg Product
Fruit/Veggies/ Grasses* NO NO NO NO YES NO NO
Protein % min 55 50 40 25 33 32 31
Fat % min 24 22 11 10 14 9 12.5
Crude Fiber % max 4 4 4 2 4.5 9 2
Total Dietary Fiber % 9 9 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Ash % max 7 7 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available 6.2
Moisture % max 10 10 12 11 9 9 10
Carbohydrate % 0%-trace
Grain-free
4.63%
Lab analysis Grain-free
27.48%
*NFE Estimate
40.82%
*NFE Estimate
30.7%
*NFE Company
Supplied
36%
*NFE Company Supplied
39.58% *NFE Estimate
Promotes increased water intake NO NO YES NO YES YES Not Available
Young Again
Zero Carb
Cat Food
Young Again
50/22
Cat Food
Purina Veterinary Diets UR Urinary St/Ox Purina Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Urinary SO Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Urinary SO Moderate Calorie Purina One Urinary Tract Health Formula

*NFE Company Supplied = pet food company has supplied the carbohydrate level of their diet.
*NFE Calculated=pet food Company Supplied Guaranteed Analysis for Protein, Fat, Fiber, Moisture and Ash which can then be added together and subtracted from 100 to calculate the estimated carbohydrate contents of the food or NFE.
* NFE Estimate = Companies have supplied the percent of protein, fat, fiber and moisture in the diet but did not supply the Ash Content. We have estimated the Carbohydrate content of these diets by assuming an ash content of 7%. Typical ash content for almost all cat foods is usually between 6-10%.

All information was taken from individual company websites between Sept 8th- Sept 22, 2011. We will update this information when any company supplies us with newly published data.


Chart 2 of 3 UTI CAT FOOD BRAND
Ingredients in
red are plant products that we believe should not be fed to cats
Young Again
Zero Carb
Cat Food
Young Again
50/22
Cat Food
Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health Formula Iams Veterinary Formula Urinary-S Low pH/S Iams Veterinary Formula Urinary-O Moderate pH/O Hills Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Bladder Health Hills Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Bladder Health with Chicken
1st ingredient Chicken Meal Chicken Meal Corn Gluten Meal Corn Grits Corn Grits Brewers Rice Brewers Rice
2nd ingredient Pork Protein
Concentrate
Pork Protein
Concentrate
Chicken Chicken Liver Chicken Corn Gluten
Meal
Corn Gluten
Meal
3rd ingredient Poultry Fat Poultry Fat Wheat Flour Chicken By Product Meal Chicken By Product Meal Chicken By Product Meal Chicken By Product Meal
4th ingredient Natural Chicken Flavor Potato Starch Brewers Rice Chicken Chicken Liver Pork Fat Pork Fat
5th ingredient Herring Meal Tomato pomace
(source of fiber)
Corn Herring Meal Chicken By Products Chicken Liver Flavor Chicken
6th ingredient Cellulose
(source of fiber)
Herring meal Animal Fat Brewers Rice Herring Meal Fish Oil Chicken Liver Flavor
7th ingredient Fish Oil Natural chicken
flavor
Egg Product Dried Egg
Product
Dried Egg
Product
Potassium Chloride Fish Oil
Fruit/Veggies/ Grasses* NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Protein % min 55 50 31 32 33 36.1 34.6
Fat % min 24 22 14 15.5 14 16.7 16.2
Crude Fiber % max 4 4 2 2.5 4.5 0.5 0.5
Total Dietary Fiber % 9 9 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Ash % max 7 7 6.2 7.2 Not Available Not Available Not Available
Moisture % max 10 10 10 10 9 0 0
Carbohydrate % 0%-trace
Grain-free
4.63%
Lab analysis Grain-free
38.03%
*NFE Estimate
33.89%
*NFE Estimate
33.58%
*NFE Estimate
41.1%
*NFE Company
Supplied
43.3%
*NFE Company Supplied
Promotes increased water intake NO NO Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Young Again
Zero Carb
Cat Food
Young Again
50/22
Cat Food
Purina Pro Plan Urinary Tract Health Formula Iams Veterinary Formula Urinary-S Low pH/S Iams Veterinary Formula Urinary-O Moderate pH/O Hills Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Bladder Health Hills Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Feline Bladder Health with Chicken

*NFE Company Supplied = pet food company has supplied the carbohydrate level of their diet.
*NFE Calculated=pet food Company Supplied Guaranteed Analysis for Protein, Fat, Fiber, Moisture and Ash which can then be added together and subtracted from 100 to calculate the estimated carbohydrate contents of the food or NFE.
* NFE Estimate = Companies have supplied the percent of protein, fat, fiber and moisture in the diet but did not supply the Ash Content. We have estimated the Carbohydrate content of these diets by assuming an ash content of 7%. Typical ash content for almost all cat foods is usually between 6-10%.

All information was taken from individual company websites between Sept 8th- Sept 22, 2011. We will update this information when any company supplies us with newly published data.


Chart 3 of 3 UTI CAT FOOD BRAND
Ingredients in
red are plant products that we believe should not be fed to cats
Young Again
Zero Carb
Cat Food
Young Again
50/22
Cat Food
Hills Prescription Diet k/d Feline Renal Health Hills Prescription Diet s/d Feline Dissolution 9 Lives
Plus Care
Wysong Uretic
1st ingredient Chicken Meal Chicken Meal Brewers Rice Brewers Rice Corn Chicken
2nd ingredient Pork Protein
Concentrate
Pork Protein
Concentrate
Corn Gluten
Meal
Chicken By Product Meal Corn Gluten
Meal
Chicken Giblets
3rd ingredient Poultry Fat Poultry Fat Pork Fat Pork Fat Poultry By
Product Meal
Oat Groats
4th ingredient Natural Chicken Flavor Potato Starch Chicken By
Product Meal
Corn Gluten
Meal
Wheat Fish Oil
5th ingredient Herring Meal Tomato pomace
(source of fiber)
Dried Egg
Product
Dried Egg
Product
Animal Digest Salt
6th ingredient Cellulose
(source of fiber)
Herring meal Dried Chicken Calcium Sulfate Animal Fat Dried Whey
7th ingredient Fish Oil Natural chicken
flavor
Powdered
Cellulose
Lactic Acid Meat & Bone Meal DL-Methionine
Fruit/Veggies/ Grasses* NO NO NO NO NO YES
Protein % min 55 50 27.9 33.6 31 32
Fat % min 24 22 21.9 26.2 9 15.5
Crude Fiber % max 4 4 2.1 0.6 3 4
Total Dietary Fiber % 9 9 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Ash % max 7 7 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Moisture % max 10 10 0 0 12 12
Carbohydrate % 0%-trace
Grain-free
4.63%
Lab analysis Grain-free
43.5%
*NFE Company Supplied
32.6%
*NFE Company Supplied
40.16%
*NFE Estimate
31.18%
*NFE Estimate
Promotes increased water intake NO NO Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Young Again
Zero Carb
Cat Food
Young Again
50/22
Cat Food
Hills Prescription Diet k/d Feline Renal Health Hills Prescription Diet s/d Feline Dissolution 9 Lives
Plus Care
Wysong Uretic
             

*NFE Company Supplied = pet food company has supplied the carbohydrate level of their diet.
*NFE Calculated=pet food Company Supplied Guaranteed Analysis for Protein, Fat, Fiber, Moisture and Ash which can then be added together and subtracted from 100 to calculate the estimated carbohydrate contents of the food or NFE.
* NFE Estimate = Companies have supplied the percent of protein, fat, fiber and moisture in the diet but did not supply the Ash Content. We have estimated the Carbohydrate content of these diets by assuming an ash content of 7%. Typical ash content for almost all cat foods is usually between 6-10%.

All information was taken from individual company websites between Sept 8th- Sept 22, 2011. We will update this information when any company supplies us with newly published data.


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CONTROVERSY

Research suggests that cats fed on a dry diet will take in half the amount of water, as a cat fed on a canned diet. The thirst drive issue in cats is certainly a curious one. If true, then cats do not drink when they become thirsty or their thirst mechanism does not kick in until there is damage to the cat's system. If this is true, then it is true no matter the diet. A cat would not drink enough water on either a dry or wet diet because their system is somehow flawed (unlikely). To our knowledge, no wet food on the market supplies all the hydration needs of a cat. Cats still need free access to fresh, liquid water to maintain proper hydration. If their water regulation system is inherently flawed, then it would also prevent them from drinking properly when they were consuming a wet diet.

Many "studies" have shown that a cat on canned food consumes (by ratio of water to dry matter) double the amount of water when compared to a cat eating dry food when all sources of water are considered. That is certainly the case if they are eating more than twice as much dry food versus wet food when compared to a dry matter basis.

The average 8 lb cat will need 156g of wet canned food each day to meet their energy requirements. The average canned food has 78% water. Young Again dry cat food has 7% water so we need to compare foods at the same moisture content. If we dry the canned diet down to 7% moisture that works out to only 35g of actual food your cat consumes each day, the rest is water.

Feeding the same cat Young Again each day, he will only consume 30g when fed free choice, performing even better than canned food. However, the average dry diet contains less than 42% protein (usually 35% protein) and the average 8 lb cat will consume
65-75g of these diets each day, when fed free choice. This skews the ratio of dry food intake to water intake seemingly showing a cat to be in a constant state of dehydration.

We believe that the dehydration theory is due to feeding a diet of excessive carbohydrates and plant proteins. Studies have shown that cats process water more slowly than other animals. Properly balanced protein and fat, which is your cat's natural diet, will digest at the same rate that your cat processes and digests water, the two are synchronized. This synchronized relationship between water and animal protein conserves energy and makes the cat, in the desert environment, extremely efficient at balancing water usage with nutrient intake and digestion.

Carbohydrates and plant materials digest faster than meat protein and supply excess energy to the cat's blood stream. This overloads your cat's metabolic needs and causes them to store the excess energy as body fat. If their diet is properly balanced, few cats will become overweight when fed Young Again free choice. Cats fed a diet high in carbohydrates and plant materials will often consume more than twice the amount of food they need each day. This over consumption generally increases with age and in a few years, your cat is consuming vast quantities of food, while his ability to metabolize water remains the same. This constant state of minor dehydration, we believe, is a leading contributor to bladder crystals and other UT issues.

Because Young Again matches Natures nutrient profile, your cat's diet is synchronized with their consumption of water as nature intended. And when the nutrition you feed your cat matches nature's, your cat will live a longer and healthier life.



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