Thiamine Deficient Cat Food

The latest edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association contains a report from Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine concerning the thiamine(vitamin B1) content of 90 canned cat foods. The researchers found that 12 of 90 (13.3%) foods were below the AAFCO recommended allowance for thiamine. Unfortunately, their conclusion was that veterinarians should be alert for thiamine deficiency in cats- rather than recommending that cat owners supplement their pet’s food. In my experience, the AAFCO recommendations as to nutrient content of pet foods are just enough to maintain minimal health. It is truly scandalous that so many of the foods tested could not even meet that standard. If you want more than minimal health for your pets, supplements would seem to be a necessity.

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