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August 2018 Issue




5 Notes About Vitamin C and Cats

Vitamin C is an antioxidant

-Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, which means it helps protect cells as they age. Ever heard the old saying “only man, monkeys, and guinea pigs need vitamin C”? Well, it’s largely true.

-Primates and guinea pigs cannot synthesize vitamin C, so it must be included in their diets. Dogs and cats can produce their own vitamin C, so there’s no reason to look for vitamin C on food labels.

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-Vitamin C is sometimes recommended to help acidify urine. It can do that, but be sure your pet needs acid urine by consulting with your veterinarian. Some bladder stones and crystals, like calcium oxalate, form more easily with excess vitamin C in the diet.

-Veterinarians sometimes recommend vitamin C supplementation for cats who are ill or stressed. Do not supplement vitamin C without checking with your veterinarian first.

-Two natural sources of vitamin C that many cats enjoy are strawberries and cantaloupe. They’re a great treat, especially cut up and served chilled on a hot summer day.