Natalie Asaro


Nutrition assistant


Petcurean Pet Nutrition

Presentation Description:

Pet food energy calculations: are inaccurate equations contributing to feline obesity? – Natalie Asaro, a nutrition assistant at Petcurean Pet Nutrition, discusses methods for determining energy content and feeding guidelines in cat food, and presents novel research that proposes more accurate dietary energy prediction models. Net energy is the most accurate representation of dietary energy available to an animal. However, models predicting net energy density of food do not exist for domestic cats.


Asaro received both her bachelor’s degree in biological science and master’s degree in companion animal nutrition from the University of Guelph. Her master’s degree research focused on investigating energy and macronutrient metabolism in cats, resulting in multiple published peer-reviewed papers. Natalie specializes in pet food formulation and has won awards for her academic work. She is currently the nutrition assistant at Petcurean Pet Nutrition, a Canadian company committed to offering superior quality pet foods.