Raw diet ingredient 1: Taurine is considered an essential amino acid in cats. Omnivores like us can synthesize sufficient amounts of taurine from other amino acids.
Cats can make some taurine, but the enzyme required to make it out of cysteine is in short supply. Therefore, without an adequate dietary supply of taurine, cats eventually become taurine deficient.
Taurine deficiency can have severe ramifications. Taurine plays an important role in the structure of rods and cones within the eye’s retina as well as in an underlying tissues. As these structures degrade due to a lack of taurine, vision begins to fail. The changes are not reversible, but if caught early enough, taurine supplementation can save whatever vision a cat has left. - PetMD
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