Taurine: An Essential Nutrient for the Cat

Unbeknownst to many, Taurine is an amino acid may be implicated in RedBull energy drink’s “Wings”.

Separately, researchers implicated Taurine as an essential nutrient for cats’ healthy vision. This is surprising news to us!


The pattern of tissue accumulation of [35S]taurine and from [35S]cystine also indicated that tissues from taurine-depleted cats do not synthesize [35S]taurine more rapidly than tissues from control cats. The data did not indicate a difference in taurine uptake by tissues of control and deficient cats, but progressive accumulation in deficient cats suggested that the turnover rate of taurine is decreased by the deficiency. Since supplementation of the purified diet with cysteine has been found previously to be inadequate to prevent progressive taurine depletion of the retina and its subsequent degeneration and since conversion of sulfur compounds to taurine in vivo is inadequate, taurine can be considered an essential nutrient for the cat. (emphasis added)

That is from Taurine: An Essential Nutrient for the Cat and work published by the academic group below, full link here

We checked, and there are indeed Taurine supplements for Cats available on Amazon, see here: Taurine for Cats on Amazon Link

Karen Knopf, J. A. Sturman, Marcia Armstrong, K. C. Hayes
The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 108, Issue 5, May 1978, Pages 773–778, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/108.5.773

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