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The Benefits of Taurine for Cats

Sarah is a pet parent with two cats (a Persian and an orange tabby) and a Goldendoodle. She walks into her local pet store one day because she has run out of cat food, and is ready to try something new.

She walks into the cat food aisle and is greeted by multi-colored packaging and brands that seem to jump out at her. Not sure where to start, she picks up a can of wet food and immediately turns to the back to read the ingredients.

“Which ones are the bad ones again?” she thinks as she scrutinizes the back ingredient panel of the tin. Because a lot of consumers think so many pet food ingredients are bad, she can’t seem to recall which ones are actually good for her cats.

While the confusion surrounding pet food ingredients grows among pet parents wanting the best for their furry friends, consumers are finding it more difficult to remember what’s considered good and bad in their pet’s food.

To help alleviate the confusion, we worked with Applaws to uncover the benefits of taurine for cats, and why it’s good to find it in their food.

Note: The following was originally published on Applaws’ website, and can be found here.

What is Taurine Good For?

Just like humans, cats (and dogs) are what they eat.  Their diet can directly influence their levels of health and vitality.  Food is fuel yes, but it’s also vitally important to overall well-being and there are some things that cats must have in their daily regime.

In fact, without this essential ingredient, cats may experience a decline in health especially when it comes to issues such as blindness and tooth decay.

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Amino Acids

Amino acids are essential nutrients that all mammals need for life in general. Some of these can be created in the body whilst others must be synthesised from the animal protein found in food.

These are known as essential amino acids and different mammals have different requirements.

Cats face a particular challenge with an essential amino acid called Taurine.  Taurine supports normal vision, digestion, heart muscle function, the immune system as well as health in pregnancy.

Related Article: Applaws Answers: Why Limited Ingredient Pet Food?

Where to Find Taurine


The good news for cats is that taurine is readily obtained from their diet, so long as the diet contains good quality animal-based proteins. The bad news is that it’s not stored in large quantities in their bodies and so must be consumed on a regular basis.

Applaws wet food recipes can provide a reliable source of natural taurine because they are made with up to 75% muscle meat from chicken breast and fish fillets – such as tuna, mackerel, sardine and salmon.  

Related Article: Promoting Healthy Pet Food to Fight Rising Pet Obesity

Muscle fibers contain more concentrated levels of taurine versus softer tissues or viscera including animal derivatives. All of which makes Applaws a natural choice when it comes to the health and well-being of your cat (and dog).

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