Understand the real nutritional needs of cats-2
In addition to protein, fat is also an important source of energy. As a carnivore, cats can effectively use the glycerol in fat to produce energy needed by the body. In addition, they also need fat to store a variety of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K.
There are two kinds of fatty acids, Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 Fatty Acids) and Arachidonic Aci, which are indispensable in the cat’s diet, but the cat’s body does not have the ability to produce these two essential fatty acids by itself.
It is worth noting that Arachidonic Acid can only be found in animal body tissues, liver and egg yolk, so cats should have enough animal fat in their daily diet. Generally speaking, calories from fat should account for 20% to 40% of the total calories a cat eats every day.
Fat-deficient cats usually have slow growth, dry hair and skin, dandruff, listlessness, and are susceptible to infections. So, please don’t be afraid of mentioning fat again in the future, because cats need and use fat in food more than us humans!
Taurine is an essential amino acid in the cat’s diet, because it does not produce enough taurine for consumption. If the cat’s daily diet is severely deficient in taurine, it will lead to complete blindness due to central retinal degeneration within two years. Long-term lack of taurine can also cause severe symptoms such as Diloted Cardiomyopathy, infertility or miscarriage in cats.
Perhaps driven by instinctive needs, most cats are particularly fond of foods rich in taurine, such as fish, poultry and heart, which are rich in taurine.
Although taurine has been specially added to most cat foods, it should be noted that taurine is easily lost. Taking an adult cat weighing about 5 kg as an example, it is sufficient to provide 60 to 80 mg of taurine in the daily diet.