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A Survey of Mycotoxin Contamination in Commercial Cat Foods and the Sensitivity of the Growing Feline (Felis catus) to Fusarium Mycotoxicoses

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Trevor
dc.contributor.author Crump, Maureen
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-27T15:34:22Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-27T15:34:22Z
dc.date.copyright 2015-03
dc.date.created 2015-03-06
dc.date.issued 2015-03-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8737
dc.description.abstract This research was conducted to examine the frequency of mycotoxin contamination in commercial cat foods and to examine the sensitivity of growing cats to feeds naturally contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins. Seventy samples of dry commercially produced cat foods were tested for mycotoxins as well as conjugated (masked) deoxynivalenol (DON). Based on the results of this survey, it was concluded that commercially available cat foods are frequently contaminated with mycotoxins. An in vivo study was conducted with eight kittens (four per diet) fed one of two extruded diets for 21 days including a minimally contaminated control diet and a diet containing grains naturally contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins. It was concluded that the feeding of diets naturally contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins adversely affected the growth and development of kittens. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Alltech en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject feline en_US
dc.subject mycotoxin en_US
dc.subject Fusarium en_US
dc.subject extrusion en_US
dc.subject nutrition en_US
dc.title A Survey of Mycotoxin Contamination in Commercial Cat Foods and the Sensitivity of the Growing Feline (Felis catus) to Fusarium Mycotoxicoses en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Animal and Poultry Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Animal and Poultry Science en_US
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