all about kitty nutrients – part 2

Part 1 here.

Vitamins
From what I have read and researched, the important vitamins are A and B. Vitamin C is produced within the cat’s body, and Vitamin D is obtained through sunlight like us, though they need less; hence these need not be included in the cat’s diet. Vitamin E and K are also necessary, but are not as important as A and B.

Cats need a lot of Vitamin A but too much is also hazardous to your cat’s health. Vitamin A is useful in keeping body cells working properly. This can be obtained through cooked liver, which can be served to the cat once or twice a week at most. Most canned foods and dry diets will have Vitamin A. They are also found in fats, such as butter, as well as vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, sweet potato and other leafy greens. Hence, make sure your dry diet contains some source of Vitamin A for your cat in the form of guaranteed supplements or in fats and/or the above vegetables.

Cats need a lot of Vitamin B as well, and you will find this a popular guaranteed supplement in most cat food, dry and canned. It is important for the maintenance of your cat’s central nervous system. Vitamin B is most concentrated in all unprocessed meat, and also in liver. It is also found in yeast, tuna, and turkey, which are also popular ingredients in cat food. The B Vitamins are also known as thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyrodoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9), cobalamin (B12) – you may also find these terms listed in your cat’s food packaging; we know now what these scientific terms really are.

to be continued…

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