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Taurine Deficiency in Cats



Taurine supplementation is the treatment of choice for cats suffering from taurine deficiency. In some cats, lifetime taurine supplementation is usually required to prevent recurrent taurine deficiency. This will depend on the severity of the deficiency and your cat's ability to maintain levels of taurine as it is ingested. For some patients, taurine supplementation may be discontinued after resolution of the symptoms.


Living and Management


Good nursing care is required at home during the period of treatment. Give the medications at the prescribed dose and frequency to avoid aggravation of the symptoms. In case of heart disease, your cat will need proper rest in a stress free environment out of the way of household traffic.


Routine examinations are usually required to monitor the treatment response and to make sure that taurine levels are being maintained by the body. While dramatic improvement is seen in most animals, some animals don’t respond well to the taurine supplementation.



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