Why is Taurine good for cats?

Why is Taurine good for cats? | Lovebug Pet Foods

We all want the best for our furry friends and so it's important to find out which essential ingredients they need to thrive. A healthy diet for your cat will help prevent sickness and keep them the happiest they can be! 

Our nutrient-packed cat food will provide all the essentials to keep your favourite moggy feeling their best. Read on to find out more about Taurine and why it’s one of the most important micronutrients your furry companion needs…

What is taurine and why do cats need it?

Taurine is an essential amino acid that cats need to stay healthy and fight off all sorts of unwanted health issues. Cats require Taurine for strengthening the heart, healthy blood flow, eye health and reproduction. It also has antioxidant qualities that help to protect against the more problematic effects of ageing. Unlike us humans, our feline companions cannot produce this amino acid themselves, therefore it is vital their diet includes Taurine for a long healthy life.

How much Taurine does my cat need?

The minimum requirement of Taurine for adult cats is 25mg/100 kcal of dry cat food and 50mg/100 kcal for canned foods. However, many pet foods don’t contain the required amount of Taurine. That's why Lovebug’s nutritionally complete and balanced food is perfect for your cat containing 18.2mg of Taurine per (kg). Insect protein is a natural source of  Taurine, which is why our resident vet Rory recommends our delicious crunchy kibble.

Is my cat Taurine deficient?

The symptoms of Taurine deficiency might be slow to develop. As such, you may miss the early signs, making your furry companion’s diet choice ever more important. To help prevent this, becoming familiar with the required ingredients needed for your cat is crucial. Visual symptoms may include problems with eyesight, digestive issues, or weakening of muscles. 

I hope you’ve found this information helpful and that you feel more confident having expanded your knowledge on our feline friend’s dietary needs. We want the very best for our cats and we know you do too. If you're searching for a new cat food that delivers all the Taurine your cat needs, check out our Lovebug switching guide. It'll tell you everything you need to know about phasing in a new kibble safely.