The activity of certain critical enzymes in a cat's liver make them quite unique, especially in comparison to the dog. During gluconeogenesis (the process whereby key amino acids and proteins are taken apart to make them available for energy) a cat liver's "burn rate" is high and CONSTANT, regardless of the diet. By contrast, a dog's "burn rate" is variable - it goes up and down depending on how much protein is available.
SO WHAT? When the correct type of dietary protein is not in the diet, protein starvation for a cat can be rapid and deadly. Cats will suffer more harm than dogs - more quickly - if the correct proteins are not in the diet.
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