Many of us are forced to improve the health of cats without fully understanding the nature of health. People often give cats supplements to help them. After all, we need supplements, right?
My take on supplements is black and white. While it is true that they are often needed, there is no point in giving them any meaning in the following situations:
The cause of the health problem has not been resolved
Supplements are synthetic, not natural
If the root cause of the disease has not been resolved, if the disease is still being alleviated, homeopaths call this “maintaining the cause.” There is no cure, and even healthy supplements are useless. Yes, they can help relieve it temporarily, but the problem will never go away. It will continue to exist, waiting for the opportunity to take over.
To understand the difference between synthetic and natural supplements, you must first understand how the company works. The company is like an unruly teenager at a party. They are irresponsible and have no conscience. They only do one thing: fun.
Trading money for fun is the same for businesses. They rarely care about your cat’s health. (Or for their workers and the planet.) Their only concern is to make as much money as possible.
They will hire the best psychologists to pass on (mostly false) information to you. The more they sell, the happier they are. How do you make a reasonable and wise decision when you are bombarded by this highly emotional marketing tactic?
Most people have no chance.
Look at the cat supplement market. Take taurine. This is a supplement that is added to cat food because it is an essential nutrient for cats. But this has only been discovered recently (in the last decade or so). Imagine what happened to all the cats fed “nutrient rich” and “scientifically balanced” commercial cat food!
Taurine is present in raw meat, but it is destroyed by cooking.
Therefore, taurine is not necessary if the food is raw.
If nature has always known, what else is “scientifically discovered”? How many cats have to suffer to find out what we haven’t found?
Synthetic supplements are the most common. They are produced in the laboratory. They are the cheapest and are therefore used to supplement any (known) shortages of commercial cat food. But synthetic supplements have lost their natural balance. They are indigestible. If you’re lucky, they pass straight through the intestines. If you’re unlucky, they can cause health problems. Calcium supplements are known to cause conditions that are said to be curable.
Even natural supplements can cause problems during processing. Fish oil is widely considered to be beneficial to humans (I disagree), so it’s forgivable that people think it’s helpful for cats.
Besides the fact that the nutritional needs of humans and cats are very different, fish oil has lost its natural balance. It has been removed from the whole food (fish). It’s centralized. It has no surplus food and cannot be fully utilized. Treatment makes it denatured.
It can cause vitamin E deficiency, which is something your vet can’t watch for post-workout.
Cats on a tuna-rich diet are more likely to be vitamin E deficient.
Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency include:
- Severe pain
- Allergic to pain
- Lack of muscle tone
- Musculoskeletal Problems
- Swelling, edema
- Loss of appetite but weight loss
- Premature aging
My interest is in the search for the truth. When we feed on cats’ evolutionary diet, they don’t need supplements. It is, of course, not artificial or synthetic. This diet almost eliminates chronic diseases. This is not a popular idea among veterinarians because it is bad for companies.
If you want to eliminate the need for cat supplements, my research on the healthiest food for cats may be able to help you. At least I suggest you get rid of all the hype and start self-study.