Always check the sodium in fresh chicken
- I just want to make a few comments.
When you buy fresh chicken or any meat, be sure to check the nutrient
breakdown on the package. Chicken should have 30 to 50mg of sodium per
serving. However, broth is often added, and the broth is loaded with salt
(as well as onions, which is a big no-no for cats). If broth has been
added, the sodium might be 300 to 500mg of sodium per serving. You can
find 2 brands of fresh chicken next to each other in the meat counter and
one will have added broth and the other won't. So always check.
The information on http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma/canfood.htm is
based on Dry Matter. Canned cat food is about 70-80% water, so a 5.5oz
can may only have 1.2 oz of dry matter. If you need the exact amount of
sodium, you must use the dry matter weight. This is why the protein shows
up so much higher than what is on the can; the can lists protein "as fed".
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> If you want to introduce fresh meat, such as fresh chicken or turkey
> meat, you can get information on the sodium content and nutritional
> here (among others): www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/cgi-bin/nut_search.pl.
> For a chart of the sodium content of commercial and Rx diets, see:
> http://webpages.charter.net/katkarma/canfood.htm. As you'll see, the
sodium content of
> Fancy Feast flavors varies. As you'll also see, there are quality
> canned foods with a sodium content that is roughly equivalent to that of
> sodium-restricted Rx foods (eg Hill's g/d; 0.32% sodium), such as PetGuard
> (0.26%), Felidae (0.35%), and Eagle Pack (0.28%).