Taurine for cats
Taurine is a very important amino acid with a molecular structure of C 2 H 7 NO 3 S. The cat’s body can produce a certain amount of taurine, but its ability to do so is limited, so it cannot store large amounts of taurine in the body. In order to avoid cats suffering from eye vision loss, heart health problems, and decreased immunity due to taurine deficiency.
The role of taurine in your cat’s body
Taurine is an important amino acid that plays an important role in the cat’s body metabolism. It contributes positively to the maintenance of normal body functions in cats, such as heart function, liver function, reproduction, vision and hearing.
Taurine has also been shown to be effective in the treatment or prevention of certain diseases such as dilated heart disease and retinal degeneration. The cat’s body does not produce taurine in large quantities, and in order to avoid health problems caused by taurine deficiency, cats need to be supplemented with regular intake of cat food containing taurine.
A taurine deficiency can be harmful to cats in the following ways:
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Heart problems: taurine plays a key role in the normal contraction of the cat’s heart muscle cells, and a lack of taurine may lead to an enlarged heart, decreased pumping capacity, and ultimately congestive heart failure and death.
Blindness: Taurine plays an important role in the cat’s eyes, and a lack of taurine can lead to degeneration of the photoreceptor cells and loss of vision, which may lead to blindness if not treated promptly.
Dental problems: Taurine helps keep your cat’s teeth healthy, and a deficiency can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and tartar buildup.
Developmental problems: cats born to mothers deficient in taurine during pregnancy may face developmental problems, and taurine deficiency in growing cats can lead to developmental delays.
Gastrointestinal problems: Taurine is very important for cats to digest fats, and a lack of taurine may lead to insufficient bile, affecting the digestion and absorption of food.
Hair Problems: A lack of taurine may lead to poor hair quality and severe hair loss in cats.
Immune system disorders: If taurine is insufficient, the cat’s immune system may not function optimally. As a result, cats with a taurine deficiency may not be able to fight off various viruses as easily as healthy cats and may get sick more often.
Poor Mental Status: Cats with taurine deficiency may appear more tired and lack energy.
So how to Supplement Taurine for Cats?
Provide high quality animal protein
Taurine is mainly found in animal protein sources (e.g. meat, fish) and is particularly high in liver, heart and kidney. Therefore, in order to ensure that your cat is getting enough taurine, you need to provide enough high-quality animal protein in your diet.
1.Providing taurine supplements
2.Taurine supplements are a safer route, but still need to be offered to cats under the guidance of a vet.
3.Provide high quality cat food
4.Quality cat food that contains more animal protein can provide enough taurine for a normal, healthy cat.
So taurine for dogs?
(1) Improvement of heart condition
Taurine plays a role in regulating the flow of blood in your dog’s body and gives your dog’s heart a stronger heart wall. In most cases of heart disease, dogs experience a weakening of the artery walls and taurine is the right medicine for this. If a dog lacks enough taurine, then they are at risk for dilated cardiomyopathy.
(2) Helps Brain Development
Taurine is an important nutrient for the division and reproduction of neurons in the dog’s brain. It is also effective in activating neurons and preventing cell damage due to aging. In addition, taurine can regulate the electrolytes in the cells, so that the signals of the brain will not be disturbed.
(3) Helps protect the retina
The retina of the dog contains a large amount of taurine, which helps to improve the quality of vision, strengthen the retinal cells and keep the retina functioning properly.