Dietary Supplements for Cats
To live a long and healthy life, your cat needs the right nutrition. When deciding whether your cat’s diet could benefit from supplementation, there are some things you may wish to consider.
Necessary Nutrients for Cats
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that their bodies can only absorb certain vitamins and minerals that are found in animal products. Over the years, cats evolved to be predators that eat prey that contains a minimal amount of carbohydrates, moderate amounts of fats, and high amounts of protein. Ideally, their diet should still mirror these proportions today. Cats also require more than a dozen other nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids for healthy function.
Although your cat needs certain amounts of each specific nutrient to be healthy, just like in humans, more is not always better. This is particularly true of vitamins and minerals, so the use of supplements is not usually necessary if you are feeding a complete and balanced diet. Supplements can be harmful to your cat, and they should never be given without a veterinarian’s approval.
Your cat may benefit from supplementation if they have been unwell, or are pregnant or nursing. Before commencing supplementation, we recommend speaking to your cat's vet who can advise whether your cat will benefit from extra vitamins and minerals in their diet. With the right mix of vitamins and minerals, supplementation can help your cat to become healthier, stronger and less prone to illness.
Some supplements are made to prevent or reduce the symptoms of particular illnesses or ailments. For example, joint support supplements, supplements for healthy skin and coat, calming or anxiety supplements, supplements for bladder health, calcium supplements, probiotics and more.
VetProductsDirect stocks a wide range of quality nutritional supplements for cats including the brands Wombaroo, Natural Animal Solutions, Vets All Natural, Pro-Kolin+, Vetalogica, Troy, Mavlab, Vetsense and Lectade.