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The objective of this research is to develop a diet formula specifically for convalescent cats. The proximate analysis as dry matter basis results of the convalescent cat diet formula contained 50.1% protein, 34.2% fat, 1.9% fiber and 5.1% ash, with a dietary energy value of 126.1 kcal per 100 g of diet. The palatability test in 10 cats had been compared to two commercially comparable diets currently available in the market (Diet A and Diet B). The result found that the cats significantly preferred the developed diet over the commercial diet A and also by weight of diet intake (P<0.05). The safety test was performed on 6 healthy cats for 30 days. It was found that the body weight and blood parameters were within the normal range on Day 0 and Day 30 of the test period. The clinical trial was implemented on 20 recovering female cats in 2 experimental groups for 7 days immediately after ovariohysterectomy (OVH) by randomly giving the assigned diet to them. The control group and the treatment group were given the maintenance diet and developed diet, respectively. It was found that the diet energy that cats received in the treatment group was statistically significant higher than in the control group (P<0.05). In this study, serum amyloid A (SAA) was used as the key indicator for postoperative inflammation. The SAA was measured on days 0, 2, 4, and 7. There was no statistically significant difference between 2 groups for SAA measurements. The developed diet will be directly beneficial to ill cats, cat owners, and support for Thailand economic in the near future.
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