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Taurine

The body of cats cannot produce taurine and it is an essential amino acid for them. In its natural habitat, a wild cat usually obtains Taurine through its diet based on mice or other prey.

Taurine in cats has been found to be necessary for:

  • The production of bile.
  • To act as an antioxidant.
  • To aid muscle growth.
  • It works as a neurotransmitter.
  • It is a regulator of salt and water within cells.
  • Helps the proper functioning of cell membranes.

Taurine deficiency in cats can cause significant biological damage:

  • Central nervous system disorders of the cat.
  • Blindness or feline central retinal degeneration: since taurine is present in the cells of the cat's retina. Without Taurine, the cells die and the cat ends up losing its vision.
  • Cardiomyopathy or heart disease.