How much taurine is in your cat food?

Taurine is an essential amino acid in cats and must be obtained in adequate amounts in the diet to prevent deficiency.

According to the Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats by the National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Dog and Cat Nutrition, the daily dietary taurine requirements for cats for growth and health maintenance is 320mg/kg of food per day and we easily meet these needs.

Big Dog Raw Diets for Cats are formulated with the following levels of Taurine per kg of food and easily meet these requirements.

Kangaroo – 720 mg/kg

Turkey – 825 mg/kg

The only time you may wish to supplement with additional Taurine would be during gestation and lactation where requirements increase to 450mg of Taurine per kg or food. Feeding a few chicken hearts additionally per day is a great natural way to achieve this.