Can cats eat dog food supplemented with taurine?

Asked By: Jacynthe Gusikowski
Date created: Wed, Dec 16, 2020 7:06 AM
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Dog food does not contain enough taurine to meet the normal requirements for a cat. Supplemental taurine may be added to certain cat foods, especially diets that are formulated for specific needs such as growth and development or heart disease.
Answered By: Aileen Stoltenberg
Date created: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 9:09 AM
Taurine is an essential nutrient obtained directly or indirectly from the diet. Most dog foods do not have it added because dogs can make it from meat protein and methionine and cysteine amino acids(sulfur containing AA).

there is added taurine in these foods.

Vegetarian and vegan dog foods include both taurine and carnitine.

Legumes are very nutritious, and used properly, can be a very healthy dog food ingredient.

Many "boutique" grain-free diets contain two or more of the ingredients noted by FDA.


You can find this information under Dog Food here.

As a result, the ACANA Lamb & Apple Singles formula contains a Biologically Appropriate™ amount of taurine.

Of the 27% protein in the ACANA Singles foods, more than 85% comes directly from the meat and organ inclusions, which are rich in taurine.


Taurine is not considered an essential amino acid for dogs.

You can find this information under Dog Food here.

• For dogs with no pre-existing medical conditions, ORIJEN and ACANA diets provide sufficient levels of naturally occurring, highly bioavailable methionine, cysteine and taurine.


But a few companies do.

Natural Balance says they add it to their Ultra Premium Dog Food.

Fromm Family Foods also claim Taurine supplementation.

If your dog is on a food that works well except for Taurine levels, you can add chicken legs and liver, green beans, or beef hearts as they contain lots of Taurine.


Taurine is an amino acid found in food rich in meat.

Unlike cats, dogs can also make their own taurine from other amino acids.

Recently, there has been an increase in DCM cases in breeds that are not predisposed genetically.

One thing these dogs may have in common is a grain free diet.


With a critial level being 40.

His came back at 47, he was immediately placed on a taurine supplement.

Any dog with heart disease should have taurine levels checked, particularly if eating grain free kibble or freeze dried veggie mixes including potatoes and legumes.

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