Omega 3 fatty acids are being researched in the pet health world a lot lately. Each study proves that this provides ample health benefits and those who are informed of the research believe cats need fish oil in their daily diet.
However, not all fish oil is created equal. Use caution when choosing the right omega 3 supplement for your cat.
Omega 3’s can help issues like arthritis, heart or kidney disease, skin problems or even anxiety in cats. Many pet food companies tout that their foods contain omega 3 fatty acids, but unfortunately this isn’t exactly correct. You see, commercially prepared processed foods may add fish oil into their cat food, but the majority of it is either killed or gone bad during high heat processing. Because they added it to the ingredients, however, they’re still able to use it for marketing on the bag or can. This means that we need to add omega 3 fatty acids into their food for our kitties to reap the benefits.
Fish oil for cats that’s made from large fish can be contaminated from the high levels of toxins within them. Big fish also lack the nutrients needed to protect the formula from spoiling.
You see, fish oil starts to break down and can go rancid once exposed to oxygen. If we’re using fish oils for omega 3s, we need to store them in the fridge and use them quickly. None of us want to give our cat a supplement that’s rancid or doesn’t work.
We use a fish oil for cats called krill oil. It comes from smaller marine life and is stored in an airtight container. You can even use the natural krill oil capsules that you have to poke to use. Cats need fish oil for overall quality of life, but be sure that you trust the source as well as know how to properly store the supplement.