Fish oil for cats: harm or benefit?
As you know health is always in trend. Nowadays people (especially those who are practicing sports) love taking various biologically active supplements. There are female, male complexes of vitamins, minerals, and even for children. But there are bio-active substances which are important for everyone, for example, the most popular is fish oil.
Did you know that our cats can get healthier by eating fish oil? Maybe it’s not as healthy for cats as it is for people. Let’s deal with it.
What’s the benefit of fish oil for cats?
- Fish oil applies to natural, organic products, so it is completely and easily assimilated in the body.
- Vitamins contribute to the proper development of the cat’s skeleton. Fish oil speeds up the fusion of bones after breakage and normalizes metabolic processes in the bony tissue.
- Omega 3 fatty acids for cats supports acuity of vision, immune strength; provides the normal activity of the gastrointestinal tract; prevents the development of the pathological process in the digestive system.
- Fish oil is relevant for older cats as preventive maintenance of occurrence and progressing various types of tumors.
- The product is effective for maintaining the cleanliness of the cat’s skin. It helps get rid of the itch, inflammation, and allergy. Fish oil stimulates regenerative functions of the skin, promotes healing of wounds, burns, frostbite. It increases the endurance of pets.
- Omega-3 has a positive effect on brain activity and it is responsible for stable intracellular work.
- This supplement remains the reproductive health of cats.
You can give vitamin supplements not only to adult cats but for the kitten, too. These vitamins are especially important for the proper holistic development of kittens at an early age.
Chemical composition of fish oil
Fish oil includes the following elements for harmonious cat development:
- minerals – magnesium, bromine, iron, etc.;
- vitamins A, E, D;
- fatty acids – there are a lot of (among which the most famous are Omega-6 and Omega-3).
These substances are required in small quantities but a shortage of them will affect the cat’s well-being.
Fish oil contains essential Omega-3 fatty acids: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which can be obtained only from marine sources like fish, algae, krill, etc.
Daily quantities of EPA and DHA should be 50-220 mg/kg for our pets.
The human organism can synthesize EPA and DHA from α-linolenic acid from plant food; cats haven’t an enzyme to synthesize EPA and DHA. For example, if you add flaxseed oil to cat food, his/her body won’t synthesize it and the animal couldn’t get the fatty acids that it needs.
How much fish oil should I give my cat?
Is it necessary to give the fish oil to your cat? How much and in what form? You should ask the vet for all that. Only a veterinarian can determine how much fish oil is needed for your cat. It depends on the cat’s size, age, activity level, health, and diet. An average cat needs about 30 mg of EPA and DHA on 1 kg body weight per day.