Can taurine deficiency cause seizures in cats?

October 1, 2019 Off By idswater

Can taurine deficiency cause seizures in cats?

Some people have suggested that a taurine deficiency may cause seizures. I have not yet seen any information based on scientific research that would support this belief. However, it is certainly true that a cat having seizures should be fed a balanced diet that supplies adequate taurine.

Is taurine safe for diabetics?

In addition, taurine supplementation is beneficial to diabetic complications, including retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, atherosclerosis and cardiomyopathy. These useful effects appear due to the multiple actions of taurine on cellular functions.

Is taurine good for seizures?

Taurine is an amino acid that may be involved in the brain’s electrical activity and is often low in people with seizures. It acts like GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), another amino acid that is often low in people with seizures. But there is no scientific evidence that taking either supplement will reduce seizures.

What happens if a cat gets too much taurine?

Taurine is very safe and there have not been any reports of toxicity from cats eating too much taurine so it is a great idea to give your cat supplements that include Taurine, especially if they have a heart condition.

What are the symptoms of taurine deficiency in cats?

Symptoms of Taurine Deficiency in Cats

  • Retinal degeneration.
  • Irreversible blindness if retinal degeneration is not addressed.
  • Weakening of the muscles of the heart leading dilated cardiomyopathy.
  • Death if cardiomyopathy is not addressed.
  • Digestive issues.
  • Fetal abnormalities.
  • Small litter sizes.
  • Low birth weights.

What to feed a cat that has seizures?

Any cat, including one that is experiencing seizures or neurological signs, can benefit from eating a complete and balanced food that’s high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, unless otherwise directed by your vet.

Does taurine stimulate insulin?

Animal studies with taurine supplementation have shown increased insulin secretion and action, suggesting that taurine supplementation may have a potential to prevent T2DM.

How much taurine should a cat have per day?

From the results of two earlier investigations it appeared that the minimum daily taurine requirement was between 35 and 56 mg for an adult cat. The results of the present study show that a taurine intake of about 10 mg/kg bodyweight/day is sufficient to maintain adult cats in adequate taurine status.