Cat Vitamins

The best vitamins for cats

Like human beings, cats also need their vitamins to maintain a healthy life. Cat vitamins will ensure that your cat will have better vision, flexible joints, a healthy coat, neat fur, a reinforced immune system and an athletic build. Most cat food advertised today is said to be vitamin-enriched, but are these brands really what they claim to be? It's a known fact that some of these vitamins are volatile and may be destroyed in the manufacturing process.

Cat vitamins are quite convenient because they come in liquid, powder and tablet form. Liquid and powder-form vitamins can be mixed in with food while the tablets may be used as a chewable cat treat. Price is not a problem either because most of these vitamins are really affordable.

Understanding Cat Vitamin Requirements

The subject of cat nutrition is a very important matter for cat owners if they want their pets to have better overall health. There are several cat vitamin requirements that need to be satisfied in order to prevent nutrient deficiency, and to keep your cat from becoming sick and sluggish. Here are the vitamin and mineral requirements for your cat:

Vitamins

Vitamins regulate your cat's metabolism and are vital to its health. Some of these vitamins can be synthesized by the cat's body. They can be further classified into two sub-categories:

  • Fat-soluble vitamins. These consist of vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins are stored in your cat's liver and fatty tissue, so they are present for a longer period of time. Because of this, it's best to keep these vitamins at normal levels. If the cat ingests too many of these (i.e., exceedingly high amounts), they can be toxic.
  • Water-soluble vitamins. These consist of vitamins C and B-complex (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12). These vitamins need to be continually replenished because they're excreted daily from the cat's body. It is important to note that they need vitamin C the most because it is crucial for synthesizing collagen, and cats cannot produce enough vitamin C on their own.

Minerals

Minerals are needed for other bodily functions such as maintaining your cat's fluid balance, enhancing their nerve functions, forming blood cells and creating new tissues. Excess minerals are usually excreted by the cat, but very high amounts can be toxic. Like vitamins, they also come in two forms:

  • Bulk minerals. These include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. These minerals are also known as macrominerals.
  • Trace minerals. These include boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium, silicon, sulfur and zinc. They're also known as microminerals.

Cat Supplements to Add to Your Pet's Diet

A cat diet can be enhanced with cat supplements. There are numerous supplements available; some are natural and some are synthetic. Because there are many cat breeds and each of them has a different body chemistry, cat owners are advised to check with their veterinarian before supplementing the cat's diet with vitamins of any sort.

By Julius Albert Custodio

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Posted by Elena on September 05,2013 at 10:09 AM
A cat's nutritional reeierumqnts are much different than those of a dog. For example, cats require higher levels of protein than dogs. Cats must have the amino acid called taurine' in their diet; dogs can actually make their own taurine. A cat eating food deficient in taurine can develop severe heart disease and other health problems. Almost all cat foods now contain added taurine.Cats require a different form of Vitamin A than dogs do. Dogs can use beta-carotene as a source of Vitamin A; cats cannot. Cats can not manufacture the fatty acid called arachidonic acid' and must have it supplemented in their diet; it is not essential for dogs to have this fatty acid in their food.So, you see, if a cat is allowed to eat a significant amount of dog food, the cat would be eating a diet deficient in many of the cat's required nutrients. For your cat's health, be sure she is eating quality cat food. http://wppluv.com [url=http://aktutibfcb.com]aktutibfcb[/url] [link=http://zyjapu.com]zyjapu[/link]
Posted by Howard on August 27,2013 at 03:38 PM
most cats are nibblers. so wetfood out all the time i think is wasteful, plus too much of it can give them bad breath, gum disease and toothaches..plus cats sleep alot, so you have to watch out for their food intake. No one wants a fat cat no matter how cute they are.my suggestion, use dry cat food, and small portions of wet at night.I feed my cat purina cat chow, about 1/3 of cup, 2x a day, in the morning and evening, and a teaspoon of wet food at night.her weight stays about 11-12 lbs for the past 4 years.My weight.. not so good..lol
Posted by Jose on August 19,2013 at 02:58 AM
i had the SAME problem. the pranantel prescribed by my doctor were making me sooooooo sick. turns out, it was the iron in them. they prescribed me good ol' flinstone vitamins w/o iron and i'v been fine ever since. you dont have to take the ones with iron as long as you are getting iron in other things. iron is what makes most people sick from the prenatals. goodluck and i hope the sick feeling goes away!! happy pregnancy :)oh and p.s. the flinstone vitamins have the EXACT same ingredients AND dosages in them. so your not going to be missing out on anything for the baby. just follow the dosage instructions adults take 1 vitamin TWICE a day :)
Posted by Jerry on January 14,2012 at 07:58 AM
Very valid, pithy, sccuinct, and on point. WD.
Posted by Jude Hipperson on December 31,2010 at 01:04 PM
Hi there, I found out my cat [Maine Coon] was allergic to wheat products and that's eliminated all dry food. I feed mine 1/4 cup of ground turkey 2 x a day. I also divide 100mg powdered calcium in half and mix with her food. I went to a natural health store and bought powdered calcium and divided it that way. Hope this helps,
Posted by Carol Graham on August 26,2010 at 10:37 AM
My cat is 10 years old. He has not been eating very much, so I want to try making his food. I have fixed some fish for him, sometimes he eats it, but usually just a small amount - maybe a tablespoon amount. But I haven't found a recipe to try. Can you suggest some web sites where I can find some cat food recipes?
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