Cats (and humans) are among the few creatures that lack the ability to produce taurine, so they must get it through their diet.
Taurine deficiency in cats can lead to:
- Hearts that are frail (dilated cardiomyopathy)
- Vision loss
- Problems with digestion
- Taurine is now added to every commercially available cat food; however, it is rarely seen in dog food.
- Arachidonic Acid (AA)
- Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid that cats cannot produce; it must be eaten.
- Low arachidonic-acid levels in cats cause nonspecific indications of sickness, such as:
- Values of the liver and kidneys that are abnormal
- Increased skin issues occur from time to time.
- Because dogs can produce this fatty acid on their own, it is rarely added to dog food.