Should You Be Giving Your Cat Any Supplements?

Identifying your cat’s needs can be quite a pain as they are not known to be the most expressive of creatures. But in your blind love for your feline, the thought of whether or not your cat needs supplements might have crossed your mind.

In a perfect world, you would feed your cat a diet that naturally contains all the nutrition required for its well being. But it isn’t an ideal world and the road to getting all the nutrients for your cat is not that easy. If your cat is in the pink of health and eating the best of cat food, then there is absolutely no reason for you to be worried. If, on the other hand, your cat is suffering from any health condition, then it is essential to feed them, specially curated meals.

Most commercial pet foods are formulated, keeping in mind the nutritional requirements of a cat. House cats don’t have too much variety in their diets; they more or less eat the same thing day in and day out. So, most food that you will find on the market is formulated, keeping their day to day multivitamins in mind.

The best food is formulated via feeding trials. This means that the food that you feed your cat is first tested on a variety of cats, their responses are monitored, and diagnostics are run to come up with the best possible formulation for your pet.  

Once you have figured out what your cat should be eating age and health-wise, there are certain supplements you can add in nominal quantities to their diet to keep their spirits high.

Vitamin C

It is a vitamin that is generally not required by your cat, but in case they have any infections, vitamin C is a great supplement.

It increases the acidity of the urine and makes it a less hospitable environment for bacteria and stone creation.

Cranberry

The antioxidant-rich cranberry is a great supplement to support healthy urinary tract functions. Made of proanthocyanidins, it prevents unhealthy forms of bacteria to attach to tissues situated within the urinary tract. It also helps in reducing the potent odor of ammonia that waifs from cat urine.

Fish Oil 

 Dry skin is sadly an issue that exists in multitude for cats, especially during the winter months. In this case, adding fish oil to your cat’s diet would be a bright idea.

Cats with flaky skin or a dull coat have lower moisture content in their bodies. With fish oil, the coat begins to retain moisture, and the fatty acids in the fish oil also aid in balancing the natural process of your cat’s skin and coat.  

Fatty acids not only aid in the outer appearance of your act; it also promotes gastrointestinal health, reduces inflammation, and promotes good claw health.

Just be careful about the dosage as high dosage can lead to loose stools and stomach upsets.

Vitamin B12

This is one of the B- complex vitamins and is associated with the imparting of folic acid. Red blood cells are created by the bone marrow using vitamin B12. If your cat is diagnosed with anemia, it is probably due to a vitamin B12 deficiency.  

Typically cats can procure the requisite amount of B12 through organ meats and any good cat food.

Vitamin B1

Thiamine is an essential vitamin for a healthy brain and nervous system function. Cats like humans do not make thiamine and need to get it from external sources.  Most commercial and even homemade foods can often overlook this necessary vitamin. Taking this supplement will, however, help bridge any nutritional gaps that may be seen. 

 The deficiency of B1 can cause weightless and vomiting and escalate to seizures and other neurological problems.

Vitamin E

A fat-soluble vitamin found in the liver, and Cats suffer from its deficiency quite frequently. Cats who are often served a diet of fish are the ones who usually go through this issue.  Adding this separately in their food is thus a good idea.

Fiber

Every living being needs to eat some amount of fiber to have a healthy colon. Fiber can cause the alleviation of diarrhea and constipation. It is also a significant factor that can help manage feline obesity without the addition of any calories.

Fiber, once eaten by an emotional support animal, gets broken down to form fatty acids that prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria.

Vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin. Sunbathing is a common occurrence for both cats and dogs, and they enjoy it a lot too.  

Usually, the sunlight is converted into an active form in the skins outer layer. But in felines, this conversion process isn’t enough. So it needs to be found in the food that they eat. Usually, every cat food on the market holds the requisite amount for a healthy cat.

Kittens, on the other hand, require constant monitoring and a little bit extra in terms of vitamin D.  

Cats usually are extremely self-sufficient animals and don’t require human intervention beyond a good food brand. So if you want your feline to have a great life ahead of itself, feed it a healthy, nutritious diet. 
 

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