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Old 03-21-2012, 02:05 AM
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Obligate carnivores, such as cats and ferrets, have much shorter "guts"/intestines. Therefore, they do not have the ability to fully digest and use the nutrients in anything other than meat. They also NEED taurine to thrive.

Carnivores/omnivores, such as humans, bears and dogs, have much longer "guts"/intestines, so they CAN digest plant materials.

That's pretty much the main difference between carnivores/omnivores and obligate carnivores. Whilst dogs would prefer meat, they can get enough out of plant material.
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:14 AM
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Obligate carnivores, such as cats and ferrets, have much shorter "guts"/intestines. Therefore, they do not have the ability to fully digest and use the nutrients in anything other than meat. They also NEED taurine to thrive.

Carnivores/omnivores, such as humans, bears and dogs, have much longer "guts"/intestines, so they CAN digest plant materials.

That's pretty much the main difference between carnivores/omnivores and obligate carnivores. Whilst dogs would prefer meat, they can get enough out of plant material.
Ok, that sounds exactly like what I have read so far Do you know what the measurements are for their digestive tracts? Or better yet, is there some sort of official body size to tract length ratio that is used to determine if a carnivore is an obligate? Or do they make that decision based off observations of their diet in the wild?

I am not questioning what you are saying and do believe you, I just want to get as many specific details and try to find as many scientific sources as I can
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:55 AM
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The length of the small intestine and size of stomach of the obligate carnivore is about 1/2 that of the omnivore, IIRC. I *believe* in obligate carnivores, the small intestine is about 3X the length of the body, whilst in omnivores it is about 6X the length of the body.

It's late, I may just be spewing numbers It's something like 1/2, though. Generally, I think it's one of those things that scientists say, and you just believe, rather than question At least, that's what I do LOL
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