Good to Know: 5 Nutrition Should Be in Your Cat’s Foods – Do you look at the nutrition information labels while buying your cat’s food? You know, it’s important to pay attention on the information about food’s nutrition if you want your cat grow healthy. There are several kinds of nutrition should be contained by the cat’s foods because the cats cannot produce the nutrition on their own. Below are the nutrition should be in your cat’s foods based on Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
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Arginine is essential amino acid that is very needed for a cat. Based on a research in Journal of Nutrition “Nutritional and Metabolic Responses to Arginine Deficiency in Carnivores”, cats that consumes food with a very little arginine show the symptoms of ammoniac poisoning such as vomiting, drooling and weak within several hours.
2. Vitamin A (Retinol)
Unlike dogs, cats cannot produce carotenoid (inactive vitamin A) from plants to become retinol (active vitamin A). Hence, the cats must get active vitamin A from meat.
Active vitamin A is useful for the cats’ eyes, skin and hair. It’s very rare to find a cat with lack of vitamin A, though. If it happens, the symptoms are like night blindness, hindered growth, and bad quality of skin and hair. You can find vitamin A in the food’s label as retinyl palmitate.
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3. Vitamin B
Cats also cannot form vitamin B complex. Hence, the cats will need foods with vitamin B too. This vitamin is required for the formation and growth of body’s cell, kidney function ad energy.
As vitamin B can fuse in the water, the cats are easily to get vitamin B deficiency, especially for those with kidney disease. Hence, the cats need supplement of vitamin B. The cats that do not eat and drink for several days may also get vitamin B deficiency. The symptoms are decreased appetite and body weight, swollen gum, and hemorragic diarrhea.
Taurine is an amino acid that is very important for the eyes’ health, normal function of heart’s muscle and formation of cat’s gall. As the cats cannot produce this acid on their own, they will need the supply of taurine in their food. If the cats lack of taurine, they will show symptoms like decreased retina function, loss of sight, heart failure and abnormal growth in the kitten’s case.
5. Arachidonic Acid
This acid functions in reproduction system, digestion, normal blood clots, and skin regeneration. Just like the previous nutrition, this acid also cannot be produced by the cat so they will need this acid supply in their food.
Okay, cat’s lovers, as long as the main ingredient of your cat’s foods are made from original fish, meat or chicken, you don’t need to worry your cat will lack of those nutrition. Avoid buying cat’s foods that uses “with” on its label, for example “Cat Food with Fish”, because probably it only contains 3% of fish and the rest is carbohydrate that is not good for your cat. Choose the foods with “tuna”, “meat”, or “chicken” before the words “cat food”. Thank you for reading.