Vitamin supplements and supplements for cats
If your cat is eating a balanced, good-quality diet, she doesn’t need vitamins or supplements. But at certain stages of his life, your veterinarian may prescribe it.
Typically, your cat does not need vitamins or supplements. But it all depends on his diet, his lifestyle, his age, his general condition or his particularities. Always seek advice from your veterinarian.
Risk of deficiencies
Depending on the food you offer your cat, there may be a risk of deficiencies. One of the main deficiencies in cats is that of taurine. It is an amino acid which is essential for its health. The cat’s liver produces very little of it, and it is essential for the proper functioning of many organs. If taurine is not sufficiently present in its diet, the cat may eventually lose his sight, have irreversible reproductive disorders, cause serious abnormalities in the fetus and especially develop heart disease (dilated cardiomyopathy) . Symptoms of a taurine deficiency may appear more or less quickly, and your cat may also lack calcium and vitamin D, which are normally present in the bones of their prey. During certain periods of their life, your cat may also need a little
A balanced diet is sufficient on its own
If you are giving your cat a good, balanced diet , vitamins and supplements are not necessary. Processed foods, whether it’s kibble or pâté, are designed to meet your cat’s needs. The risks of deficiencies are greater if you prepare your cat’s meals yourself. Food supplements can then be prescribed by your veterinarian, to complete the household ration.
Vitamins and Supplements, When?
A kitten does not have the same energy needs as an adult cat, and an older cat has different nutritional needs than a pregnant cat. The diet must therefore be adapted to the age and lifestyle of your cat. It may be necessary to bring vitamins or supplements when you want to relieve pain, strengthen cartilage, maintain the beauty of the coat, fight against the cold … If your cat is in good general health, but his coat is dull, vitamins can help it get a makeover. Likewise, senior cats sometimes need extra support and protection against free radicals. The intake of vitamins C and E as well as selenium may be recommended by your veterinarian.
Can I choose the vitamins or supplements for my cat myself?
This is not advised, as what you believe to be a vitamin deficiency may in fact be a serious illness. It is your veterinarian who will be able to detect deficiencies and prescribe vitamins or supplements to your cat. They are generally recommended when the diet was not suitable, or as part of a convalescence and are only given on a temporary basis.
Dr Elisabeth Tané, veterinarian.