Cats require the amino acid taurine to maintain eye, ear, heart, and central nervous system health. Taurine also plays a role in tissue metabolism and bile composition. Failure to maintain proper daily levels of this vital nutrient will most likely lead to cataracts, blindness, deafness, and heart failure. Studies show that taurine deficiency may adversely affect the immune system as well.
Enlargement of the heart and subsequent heart failure caused by taurine deficiency can be at least partially reversed by taurine replacement therapy; but since there are no symptoms specific to the deficiency itself, cat guardians will know one exists only when related cardiac signs present themselves.
Taurine is considered an essential amino acid in cats as they cannot produce it on their own; they must instead obtain it from their food. Cats are most likely to develop a taurine deficiency if they are fed home cooked, meatless, or boiled meat diets.
Your cat’s taurine should come from a human-grade, high quality, and natural taurine-enriched source prepared from animal protein sources like chicken, fish, and eggs. Animal protein sources provide cats with a higher quality protein and a better balance of all the essential amino acids than do vegetable proteins and should be at the top of the ingredients list for your cat’s food.
The unique formulation of NuVet Plus from NuVet Labs feline nutritional supplement provides your cat with the optimal amount of this essential amino acid that plays such a vital role in her health. Add NuVet Plus to her daily diet and watch her thrive!