Learn more about cats' vitamin intake requirements.

Learn more about cats' vitamin intake requirements.

Vitamin is an indispensable trace nutritional component of cat body. Although there is very little vitamin content in the cat's body, once vitamin deficiency occurs, the normal physiological function of the cat cannot be maintained. For example, when the cat lacks vitamin A, they may beSymptoms of night blindness.However, if vitamin supplements excessive amount, it may also cause cats to have vitamin poisoning. Therefore, before supplementing vitamins for cats, the owner must first determine which vitamin lack of a cat and how to control the amount of vitamins.If you have any questions, you should consult veterinarians or professionals, and do not take medicine without authorization.

1. Cat itself cannot produce vitamins

Cats themselves cannot make vitamins, so they can only be obtained by food. Among different foods, their vitamin content is also very different.Vitamin A is mostly in cod liver oil and animal liver; vitamin C has higher content in fresh fruits and vegetables; spinach and cabbage are the main sources of vitamin K.

Vitamin can be divided into lipid -soluble vitamins and water -soluble vitamins according to different dissolved medium. As the name suggests, lipid -soluble vitamin is easily soluble in non -polar organic solvents, not easy to solveizes water, while water -soluble vitamin is easily soluble in water, and it is not easy to dissolve in non -polarity.Organic solvents.The vitamin A, D, E, and K we are familiar with are lipopolytic vitamins, and vitamin B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, etc. are water -soluble vitamins.In the case of adding vitamins to cats, the owner needs to pay attention to that the fat -soluble vitamin tablets should be taken during or after meals, because the fat in the meal can promote the cat's absorption of fat -soluble vitamins.

Table 1 Vitamin and Source Classification List

Vitamin Name



Vitamin A

fat soluble

Animal liver, cod liver oil, vegetables, etc.

Vitamin B1

water solution

Yeasts, meat, beans, etc.

Vitamin B2

water solution

Vegetables, yeast, eggs, etc.

Vitamin C

water solution

Fresh fruits and vegetables

Vitamin D

fat soluble

dairy products, etc.

Vitamin E

fat soluble

germ, nuts, etc.

Vitamin K

fat soluble

Spinach, animal liver, etc.

What is the reason for the cat's lack of vitamins

1. Cat food problem

Under normal circumstances, cat food only does not cause their vitamin deficiency, but when cat food is wrong, cats may occur after long -term consumption.In order to avoid the emergence of this situation, the owner should not buy inferior cat food because he is greedy for cheap. He must choose cat food with quality assurance.

2. Problem of homemade cat food

Some owners may give cats their own cat food, but because there is no clear concept for the cat's vitamin intake, there will be some deviations in the choice of food.If the food is too single, the cat cannot supplement comprehensive vitamins; when the ingredients are not stored, they may cause the loss of vitamins in the food, which will cause cats to not consume sufficient vitamins; when the cooking method is wrong, some vitaminsIt will be destroyed, and cats cannot get the vitamins needed by the body.

3. Cat's own problem

3.1 If the cat itself has poor digestion and absorption or suffering from digestive system diseases, then they cannot absorb vitamins well. The owner should not blindly take care of the cat to supplement vitamins and forget to solve the fundamental problem.Some cats (especially stray cats) may also cause lipid -soluble vitamin disorders due to the low amount of fat.

3.2 When cats are in a special period, their demand for vitamins may also change.If cats are pregnant during pregnancy, their demand for vitamins will be relatively improved; cats in growth and development need to supplement more vitamins.

Figure 1 Pregnant cat needs to supplement more vitamins

Three, cats lack the symptoms and response methods of vitamins

1. Vitamin A

Lack of symptoms: night blindness, cat hair rough hair, skin dandruff.

Solution: It can supplement cats to supplement the right amount of cod liver oil, liver, vegetables, etc., but it cannot be given too much at one time, otherwise it will cause cats to poisoning vitamin A. Poisoning symptoms are mainly vomiting and diarrhea.

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Figure 2 Fresh animal liver is the source of vitamin A

2. Vitamin D

Lack of symptoms: It affects the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in cats, leading to abnormal skeletal development, stagnation of growth, dysplasia, and pheasant diseases.

Figure 3 X -rays of Cat's Diseases

Solution: Cod liver oil contains vitamin D most, which is about 8500IU/100g. Deep sea fish is secondary. Eggs and dairy products also contain a certain amount of vitamin D.Therefore, when a cat is found to have symptoms of obvious vitamin D deficiency, the cod liver oil and calcium should be used directly, and the two tubes are matt.In daily maintenance, you can feed the dairy products, eggs or a small amount of cod liver oil.In addition, it should be noted that vitamin D, which can act on the body, is different vitamin D derivatives that were originally used by ultraviolet irradiation. Therefore, during daily maintenance, the owner should often let cats bask in the sun.

3. Vitamin E

Lack of symptoms: rough fur, poor reproductive force, and low survival rate of kittens.

Solution: Gel, egg yolk, vegetable oil, nuts, and vitamin E in fish are high.A moderate amount of vitamin E has antioxidant effects. However, too much intake may cause cat vomiting and diarrhea, and severe cases can even cause cats to die.

Figure 4 The content of vitamin E in germ, egg yolk, nuts, and fish is high

4. Vitamin K

Lack of symptoms: abnormal coagulation.

Solution: Vitamin K is also called coagulant vitamin, so the lack of vitamin K can cause cats to bleed more.If the cat is confirmed that the cat lacks vitamin K, you can feed them spinach, cabbage, etc.

5. Vitamin B

Lack of symptoms: Cats with loss of appetite, weight loss, rough hair, susceptible to ulcerative oralitis, conjunctivitis, etc.

Solution: Vitamin B is a collective name for B vitamins, including vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 ... ... The main food sources of their food are yeast, grain, animal liver, etc.

6. Vitamin C

Lack of symptoms: cat's teeth are loose, gums are prone to swelling and bleeding, and bone growth is poor.

Solution: Eating some fresh fruits and vegetables for cats is the best way. The method of food supplement does not cause cat vitamin C poisoning, but if the cat is supplemented by drugs, diarrhea and rash will occur when the cat is excessive in vitamin C.Symptoms.

Figure 5 Cat gingival swelling

Four, the problem that cats need to pay attention to vitamins

1. Food supplement vitamin

First, many owners think that there will be no problems with cats to supplement cats through food, so is this really the case?Of course not, for example, eating too many animal livers for cats can not only achieve the purpose of helping them supplement their vitamins, but may cause cat vitamin poisoning.

Second, the owner needs to be processed first when the cat supplements the cat to supplement the vitamin. Do not let the cats eat the fruits and vegetables, raw fish, etc. bought from the supermarket or the market.Diarrhea, etc.

Third, the method of hosting food is particular, such as heating can cause vitamin C to lose. Therefore, if you want to supplement vitamin C for cats, do not treat the ingredients at high temperature.

2. Drug supplement vitamin

Before using drugs to supplement vitamins for cats, you must get the consent of the veterinarian. There are two reasons: First, some vitamin deficiency may show the same symptoms.Cat physiological dysfunction.Second, you may not be able to confirm whether the cat really lacks vitamins, which vitamins they lack, etc. In this case, why do you also add vitamins to cats?