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Benefits of taurine

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Aimee Harrington, Aug 27, 2020.


  1. Aimee Harrington

    Aimee Harrington PetForums Newbie

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    Everyone tells me to look for a cat food rich in taurine, but unsure the full reasons why... I thought limited ingredients were something to look for?

    Would love some more cat advice on this!
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Taurine is regarded as an essential amino acid for cats and they require quite large amounts of it in their diet. They do not store it in the body so they need taurine every day in their food.

    Humans (and other omnivores) can synthesise sufficient amounts of taurine by converting other amino acids (i.e. converting methionine to cysteine and cysteine to taurine). Cats can make some taurine, but the enzyme required to make it out of cysteine is not plentiful and is needed in other feline physiological processes.

    Taurine deficiency in cats can have severe effects . e.g.

    1/ Central retinal degeneration (CRD). Without enough taurine the vision begins to fail but if treated early, taurine supplementation can save whatever vision is left.

    2/ A type of heart disease - Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). I Dietary supplementation can reverse DCM caused by taurine deficiency as long as the condition is treated early enough.

    3/ Taurine deficiency can also cause poor growth in kittens born to taurine-deficient queens

    4/ gastro-intestinal upsets


    Nowadays all the commercially prepared cat foods we buy contain sufficient amounts of taurine but taurine deficiency can still happen when cats are fed homemade diets.

    If you are concerned your kitten may not be getting enough taurine in his commercial diet you could add some as supplement (buy Felini Taurine from Zooplus made for cats ) Taurine is water soluble so any excess will be excreted from the body via the kidneys and not stored in the liver.

    A list of studies in this link >>>>>. https://nasc.cc/pet-university/taurine-deficiency-cats/


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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    It's not just that they don't store it. They don't manufacture it. Their bodies can't manufacture sufficient taurine (as opposed to dogs, who can). They must have it from their diet.

    For general information to anyone who doesn't know, cats are strict obligate carnivores designed to eat a meat diet. They need their nutrients to come from animal (meat) sources. Muscle meat, organs, and bone (calcium) in proper balance. Muscle meat is high in taurine and that's where they would get in from in their "natural diet".
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Cats can't store taurine but they can manufacture some taurine with an enzyme which converts some of their cysteine supply to taurine. It is not sufficient for all their daily requirement of taurine and so they need to eat meat everyday to fill most of their need for taurine.
     
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