Does Your Cat Need Vitamin Supplements?
The Hotel 4 Cats
Your cat’s nutrition is vital for a healthy and enriched life. The marketing of vitamin supplements bombards us as we browse cat care store shelves or scan cat web sites. But should we assume it is a good precaution to give our cat vitamin supplements?
Small amounts of vitamins are essential for a cat to maintain a normal metabolic rate. In general, the required nutrients are provided in commercially formulated foods. Therefore, you may be surprised to know that it is NOT necessary to give vitamin supplements UNLESS a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian.
It is important to note that not all food is created equally – there are some
foods that are healthier than others. In general, manufacturers that formulate food based upon life-stages (kitten through geriatric) and lifestyles (breed-specific diets, weight management along with degrees of activity for indoor and outdoor) will be more precise with appropriate nutritional requirements.
Caution! Note that it may be harmful or even toxic to combine cat supplements to a diet that is already complete and balanced with nutrients. Over supplementing – called hypervitaminosis – poisoning is found to be more common than hypovitaminosis – vitamin deficiency.
Our cat boarding services include following your specific feeding guidelines including extra cat care such as vitamin or medical instructions. Once your cat walks in our Hotel door he/she becomes our number one priority. In fact, providing high quality and compassionate pet care for the Greater Lake Norman area for over 8 years and been our primary business!
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