Action: Carnivores: Increase variety of food items
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- No evidence was captured on the effect of increasing the variety of food items on captive carnivores.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
In the wild, animals have a varied diet due to food abundance and availability. In captive environments, the same food is routinely given, with little variety. Essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals may not be provided in one type of feed. The aim of a varied diet is to supply an animal with all nutrients essential for health, growth and maintenance.