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Hello Doctor,

I have a 7 year old neutered male cat. We feed him Orijen (two flavors chicken and fish) and also feed him Primal freeze dried cat food.

His overall health is somewhat normal.

Should I ever consider buying him these supplements?

Yes or no, and why?

Thank you.

Dear Ash,
Thank you for this elaborate question!
This is a whole lot of supplements you are trying to feed him. I hope you are not going to give all of these together at the same time!
At present you are providing him with standard dried cat food, which could take care of his daily requirements, as you said his overall health is somewhat normal.But as the age advances, your cat may require supplements.
I will brief one by one.

This one contains digestive enzymes, and taurine which is an essential aminoacid in cats.As the animals age they may tend to have a problem with Exocrine Pancreatic insufficiency and likely to have more episodes of indigestion including diarrhoea.A regular supplementation of digestive enzymes which contain pancratin  would take care of these conditions.
Taurine is a type of amino acid, and amino acids form the main constituents of all proteins. Taurine is exclusively found in animal-based proteins. It is critical for normal vision, normal digestion, normal heart muscle function, to maintain normal pregnancy and fetal development, and to maintain a healthy immune system. Taurine is an essential amino acid in the cat.Most mammals are able to manufacture enough taurine from other amino acids to meet their needs. However, cats have a limited ability to manufacture taurine; therefore taurine is classified as an essential nutrient in the cat. Fortunately for the cat, taurine is readily obtained from the diet, as long as the diet contains animal-based proteins. Unfortunately, it is not stored in large quantities in the body and so must be consumed on a regular basis.This supplement is good for seniors.

This one is for urinary support. As the age increases the animals tend to have urinary incontinance and ofcourse repeated UTI. To counter this or as a preventive measure you may use this supplement.This will also help maintain normal urine pH, which may reduce the likelihood of crystal formation, an extremely common discomfort among cats.Use as per vets advise.

This is a supplement for proper digestion.Can be used in older animals with regular episodes of indigestion.This gives a healthy digestive tract and immunity  by providing bacterial balance in the body as this contains probiotic organisms. You can use this during stressfull conditions like travel etc.

This is a supplement designed to support optimal skin and coat health, including tone, elasticity, and hair follicle health, while providing support for hairball management. This includes zinc, which supports the production of collagen and essential to fatty acid metabolism, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to support skin hydration and GI tract health, and cranberry to support urinary tract health.Use this product as per requirement.

This is a formula containing high levels of glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin sulfates. Glucosamine acts as a building block for tissues in tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, which is needed for the support of hip, joint, and connective tissue function and repair.This can be used as a supportive supplement in seniors with mobility disorder or as a preventive measure against mobilty disorders in aging animals.

This contains L Lysine.This is an amino acid that supports antibody, hormone and enzyme production, as well as providing antioxidant properties.This is a supplement for optimal health in cats.

Please adhere to your vets advise before going for these supplements. Too much of supplements is not advisable as it can cause adverse effects.

Hope this information helps



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Dr S Bindu Anand


Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine


A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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