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Taurine in Cats

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by FEWill, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

    Sep 6, 2009
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    You can get freeze dried hearts too. They are made as pet treats. Make sure they are nothing but heart, no added ingredients.
  2. SbanR

    SbanR PetForums VIP

    Jun 16, 2017
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    If SWC is in the UK and happy to order from ZP, fd hearts can be found in the dog section
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  3. StarWarsCats

    StarWarsCats PetForums Newbie

    Feb 15, 2020
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    Thanks, I’ll have a look. Colleague’s husband is a butcher, will talk to him and see what he can get although I think they mostly do lamb.
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  4. TrevorH

    TrevorH PetForums Newbie

    Jul 6, 2021
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    Veganism has become super popular in many places in our world. Many Vegans are interested in their pets being on a Vegan diet, however, they are challenged with what to feed their cats when cats are obligate carnivores. Being true carnivores, cats need to eat meat. They are unable to synthesize the amino acid Taurine in their bodies like humans and dogs can. Cats get it from digesting meat.

    However, there is a market for Vegan cat food, and there are a few products available where the companies have formulated recipes without meat or animal ingredients that are considered balanced nutrition for cats. There is a lot of variance between the different products and it would be important to look carefully at the ingredients to see whether they will be helpful or harmful towards cats.

    Check the levels and balances of nutrients, especially with protein and supplementation of amino acids (like Taurine), vitamins and minerals.
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