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Experimental verification of the effects on normal domestic cats by feeding prescription diet for decreasing stress

By K. Miyaji, M. Kato, N. Ohtani, M. Ohta

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of diet on the feline stress response by measuring plasma and urinary cortisol. A study diet was developed with a unique combination of nutrients that supports the management of stressful situations. The specific formulation of the diet included alpha-casozepine, which is believed to have an anxiolytic effect, and tryptophan supplementation. Tryptophan is the precursor for the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Twenty-one indoor cats were fed with the study diet ( n=10) or a control diet ( n=11) for 8 weeks, after which physiological responses were evaluated. The study diet significantly increased the ratio of plasma tryptophan to large neutral amino acids and decreased urinary cortisol concentrations after being consumed daily for 8 weeks, but there was no effect on plasma cortisol levels following a stressful event (veterinary examination and blood draw). Further studies, such as behavioral analyses, are needed to clarify the effects of the study diet.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 355-362
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2015.1005301
Language English
Author Address School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, Sagamihara, Japan.mkazuki0713@gmail.com
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  1. Amino acids
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Animals
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Blood
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Diets
  10. Effect
  11. Evaluation
  12. Feeding
  13. Formulations
  14. Hydrocortisone
  15. Mammals
  16. neurotransmitters
  17. nutrients
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. plasma
  20. precursors
  21. prescriptions
  22. Research
  23. serotonin
  24. Stress
  25. supplementary feeding
  26. synthesis
  27. tryptophan
  28. urine
  29. vertebrates
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