laurel on August 25th, 2010
Adding supplements/vitamins to your cat’s diet
There seems to be a lot more research available for the effects and benefits of Cod Liver Oil for dogs; however, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information available for the feline variety. It is important to realize that a detailed discussion needs to occur between you and your vet any time you are thinking about changing the dietary intake of your pets. There can be negative side effects whenever you are changing their eating habits and introducing additional vitamins and supplements. It is very important to understand what nutrition they are receiving from their regular food before introducing supplements or additional vitamins.
Is Cod Liver Oil a healthy addition for cat’s diets?
It is important to look at what is in Cod Liver Oil. Not only is Cod Liver Oil a valuable source of vitamins but also contains omega -3 fatty acids. More specifically, vitamin A and D and omega -3 fatty acids EPA and DHA and each of these can be helpful to your cat’s overall health.
How can Omega – 3 fatty acids benefit my cat?
Omega-3 fatty acids have been connected to the support of skin, fur, eyes and heart. There has been a positive link made between Omega -3 fatty acids (like found in Cod Liver Oil) and the healthy support of these important aspects of your cat’s health. More research and information has become available about the direct connection between the elements of Cod Liver Oil and arthritis in pets.
It is interesting to look at the connection between arthritis and benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids and the vitamins found in Cod Liver Oil. Omega -3 fatty acids also have an anti-inflammatory quality. This can aid in the relief of cats with persistent arthritis or Osteoarthritis, which is a joint disease. Arthritis in cats comes from the breakdown of cartilage, in the joints where the bones meet. This breakdown of the cartilage causes rubbing of the bones, which can be very painful for your cat. This happens most of the time in your cat’s hips, knees and ankles.
This is a very important issue to address and talk about with your vet because there are a growing number of cat and dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis. And this problem can be address and eliminated with a natural remedy that can be found on a store shelf. Along with maintaining a healthy weight for your cat, introducing ingredients like the ones found in Cod Liver Oil (Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids) can be beneficial.