Vitamin is one of nutrition which has good benefit to our body. This nutrition got by outside source especially from our food or supplement multivitamin. There are many kinds of vitamin which is good for us like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Not only for human, did you know that our cat is needed it too? Well basically all life-creature need nutrition to keep up their healthy. Not only that our body inside need to nutrition to optimize their work. And your cat also need too. To increase their health, optimize their growth and body, they need vitamin. Here will explain to you 5 best vitamins you could give to your beloved cat.
For your information, vitamins categorize into two parts, that is vitamin which soluble in fat (vitamin A, D, E, and K) and vitamins which soluble in water (vitamin B). Vitamins which soluble in fat when it over and too much will be toxic to your cat because it can’t be throw out from their body, but when vitamins which soluble in water is over will throw as pee. Vitamins are sensitive thing which damageable by sun directly, hot, and oxidation. Here is some best vitamins you could give to your cat.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is kind of vitamin which soluble in fat. This vitamin is needed by your cat to their health eyes and their sight. This vitamin is also contributes to build up their reproduction hormone and protein construction like manage of cell growth and oil production inside their skin. The best source of vitamin A for your cat is by food like heart, fish, and egg. The dose that you give to your cat is also has to be considering. You can’t give same dose between for your cat and your kitten. Also, over nutrition is not well for your cat. There are many cases which prove that unbalancing nutrition will trigger problems to your cat. When your cat is less of vitamin A, your cat will attacked by eye discharge easily, dry skin, infection easily, and some complication of lungs. But, when your cat is over vitamin A will decrease the power of cat reproduction. So the key of this nutrition given is ‘the balancing’.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D contribute in management of metabolism process of calcium and phosphor with increase the number of calcium and phosphor which absorbed by intestine. Also increase the calcium inside the bone and decrease phosphor lost and calcium in pee. Meat and vegetable is source of vitamin D. The best source for your cat is fish which high oil contain like tuna fish and sardine. Vitamin D also got by chicken heart. When your cat loss of vitamin D, your cat become thin and attacked osteomalacia (joint pain and bone fracture). But when your cat is over vitamin D, it will make mineral sedimentation in muscle tissue, hypercalcaemia (over calium inside the blood), depression, vomiting and lethargy. The impact of over vitamin D mostly happened in kitten which signed with bone structure disorder and calcification of soft tissue.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps your cat to protect the cells inside their body from free radical. The free radical produced by metabolism cell process in normal condition and take effect in older cell process. Pollution and sunlight is also produce free radical. Vitamin E will protect your cat from entering the free radical inside their cell and increase their body immune. The main source of vitamin E is vegetable and some seeds. Vitamin E also got by chicken heart or meat. When you cat lost vitamin E will train your cat to sight weakness. But when your cat is over vitamin E, it makes blood clot when the cat injured and makes it takes the longer time.
- Vitamin K
Vitamin K is co-factor for every kind of enzyme. This co-factor helps the process of enzyme activity so the chemical reaction inside their body will faster. This vitamin also function to helps in blood clot process and helps calcium absorb inside the bone. The bacteria inside intestine can being on of source of vitamin K which needed by your cat, but the number is less to fulfill daily necessary of your cat, so you will need other source. Vitamin K is much contained in chicken heart and meat. When your cat lost vitamin K, it makes bleeding in the intestine, skin, nasal cavity, and brain. This is due to insufficient blood clotting process. Continuous bleeding caused by a lack of vitamin K can cause anemia (lack of red blood cells).
- Vitamin B
Vitamin B is a kind of vitamin which soluble in water so when it over inside your body, it won’t be trouble. Vitamin B is categorized as 9 that is vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, and Choline. Some functions of every vitamin B which really needed by your cat is like:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
Thiamin contributes in every kind of biochemical reaction complex inside of body both of human and cat. It helps cell to produce energy for daily activity. Main function of thiamin is to keep healthy of nerve system during help to transmitting the impulse sensor. Yeast and wheat contain the highest amount of thiamin. But thiamin can also be found from meat, rice, husks, and cereal. When thiamin lost, it makes beri-beri disease in both animal and human. Symptoms that arise are fatigue, muscle weakness, impaired vision and hot to walk and can lead to death.
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavin needs to skin and fur health of your cat. When riboflavin lost, it makes skin disorder around eye and tummy. Riboflavin is widely contained in yeast, chicken heart, and eggs. Riboflavin is a vitamin which is soluble in water and very sensitive to sunlight. Sam as vitamin B3, riboflavin is involved in the energy production process.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Niacin is also known as PP da Nicotinic Acid. In human, this vitamin helps to avoid pellagra (danger disease which combination of skin disease, intestine, soul, and disease which relatable with blood). For cat, this disease caused skin disorder around their tummy. Because this vitamin can’t produce inside of cat body so you need outside source. Niacin can found in every kind of food like meat, fish, and cereal.
- Vitamin B5 (Panthotenic acid)
Vitamin B5 is the most widely contained in every food so it is so rarely for cat to loss this vitamin. Vitamin B5 functioned as co-enzyme which involved almost in every process metabolic which happened inside body. Together with other vitamin B, vitamin B5 helps to protect cat’s skin by helps the construction fat in the bottom skin. Almost every kind of food contained this vitamin, but the main source is meat and egg.
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Same as pantothenic, this vitamin is as co-enzyme in every process of metabolism inside the body, especially which relatable in amino chemical construction process. This vitamin found in every kind of food like yeast, wheat, and meat. Pyridoxine deficiency can cause diseases of the skin, blood, and nervous system.