Taurine in Cats

Please see Natural Cat Diets for more helpful information.

Taurine is an amino acid and is most talked about when referring to feline diets.

For cats, unlike most other mammals, taurine is an essential amino acid, meaning that cats cannot synthesize their own taurine from other building block amino acids as can dogs and even humans.  Thus it is essential that cats have adequate taurine in their diet on a regular basis. The natural source of taurine is raw meats (and seafood).

Taurine however, is very sensitive to heat, and 50-75% of its natural value is destroyed by cooking and can result in significant deficiency. With prolonged deficiencies of taurine, cats can develop central retinal degeneration resulting in blindness, and dilated cardiomyopathy (heart failure).

Cats require approximately 200-300mg of taurine per meal, which is easily supplied by a diet that is more than half raw meat. Commercial pet foods add high levels of synthetic taurine to counteract the cooking process.

This article was written and authorised by:

Dr Bruce Syme BVSc (Hons)
Founder of Vets All Natural

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