In a previous article, I discussed some of the most common reasons that veterinarians recommend the use of supplements for cats. The third reason that I will mention today is related to feline kidney disease. Many of the nutrients that are included in commercial pet supplements for cats are derived from plant sources. The main ingredient in many of these products is an essential oil. Here I will discuss some of the kidney disease and essential oil-based supplements for cats that may be beneficial to provide your cat with an overall increase in health.
Pet owners who have had success using pet supplements for cats with kidney disease have had success with essential oil-based supplements. While this is not the only supplement that is available, it is one of the more popular. In my opinion, it is one of the easiest ones to use. Pet parents just add a few drops to a bowl of their cat food or as part of the cat food itself.
In my own experience, I have found that the fatty acid levels in cat food are not as beneficial as they used to be. Over the last decade or so, I’ve read a lot of books and articles about how to tell which foods are good and which foods are bad. I still have much to learn. However, for now, the rule of thumb is: don’t feed your cat any food that you wouldn’t eat. (By the way, the author is correct; this applies to dogs as well!) Most cat food is very high in calories and if you want to keep your pet healthy and happy, it is a good idea to supplement their diet with a fat-free, all-natural cat food product that contains many essential fatty acids.
Pet owners who are concerned about the long-term health of their pets often turn to liquid supplements for cats. Liquid supplements for cats come in both pellet and tablet forms. If you have a long way to go when it comes to their health, the pellet type may be the best choice. For starters, they come in convenient sizes and they are easy to digest. On the other hand, if you take a look at the prices of the liquids, you will find that you can buy them for less than the cost of a bowl of dry cat food.
Another type of liquid supplement for cats is taurine. Cats commonly lack fatty acids and they lack vitamin A, especially as they age. Taurine is highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system and liver. Many manufacturers combine it with fish oil or flaxseed oil.
Most people think that cat supplements are expensive, but they actually aren’t. In fact, some are on the cheap side, with prices ranging from a few dollars to the hundreds. This is because the ingredients can be purchased in bulk and often retailers sell by volume. Manufacturers often offer free shipping or subsidized prices to customers who buy in bulk.
The only ingredient that is required in bulk amounts is taurine, so most manufacturers include this in small dosages to keep the cost down. While it may sound like essential nutrients for cats need to be avoided like the plague, the good news is that they are necessary. Cats are not vegetarians and need a protein and fatty acid source in their food diet. Fish oil, however, provides these essential fatty acids and the benefits for them include improved immune function, greater eyesight, and a longer life span.
If you have researched the topic further, you may find that there are other nutrients that your cat needs besides fish oil, such as extra vitamins B and C and essential fatty acids. If you include other nutrients, such as calcium, the chances of your cat developing serious health problems, such as bone disease, is slim. Supplementation of essential fatty acids is a controversial topic, with some experts warning against giving cats supplements that contain them.