Processed cat foods sometimes lack the correct amount of essential vitamins and minerals your kittycat needs, especially if she's feeling out of sorts. A veterinarian-recommended regimen of mineral and vitamin supplements can offset any nutritional deficiencies and keep your perfect pussycat running strong.
B and C vitamins are water-soluble supplements that are easily assimilated or eliminated through your cat’s urine without causing her harm. The B group helps to maintain a strong immune system and the C vitamins assists in the synthesis of collagen, an essential tissue in her body.
Fat-soluble vitamins are those deposited in the fat tissues of your cat. Vitamins A, D, E and K are important fat-soluble vitamins that aid in skin and coat regeneration, eye health and overall tissue maintenance. These and all vitamin and mineral supplements should be carefully administered in veterinarian-recommended dosages.
The mineral most recommended for pregnant and lactating felines, calcium helps cat produce kitten milk. A calcium-rich diet benefits many of your cat friend’s body functions, including bone formation, blood coagulation, muscle contraction and nerve health. This important mineral is present in milk and eggs, routinely added to better cat foods and administered through mineral supplements
If you are giving your kitty cat veterinarian-recommended calcium supplements, be sure to include some magnesium in her diet as well. Magnesium aids in absorption of calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, keeps a cat well-balanced and strengthens her immune system. Found in large quantities in dairy products and fish, magnesium supplements should be carefully administered with the guidance of a vet.
Potassium Sodium and Chloride
Cats that that are suffering chronic diarrhea and vomiting or dealing with a kidney disorder are likely experiencing dehydration. Potassium, sodium and chloride mineral supplements help to combat this dehydration. Potassium is necessary for the proper function of enzymes in muscles and nerves, and sodium and chloride are minerals that work together to maintain fluid balance and deliver needed cell nutrients. These mineral are plentiful in most cat foods and supplements are not normally needed for a healthy, hydrated cat.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.