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Vitamin A Nutrition in Domestic Cats

Freytag, Tammy

Published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co KG
ISBN 10: 3838304977 / ISBN 13: 9783838304977
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Title: Vitamin A Nutrition in Domestic Cats

Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co KG

Binding: Soft cover

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Num Pages: 140 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: MZ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 229 x 153 x 9. Weight in Grams: 226. . 2009. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9783838304977

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Synopsis: Vitamin A is essential for all vertebrates. Birth defects may occur with either deficiency or excess vitamin A. High levels of vitamin A occur in some commercial cat foods due to the use of liver. Toxicity, teratogenicity, and metabolism of vitamin A were the focus of the research. The first objective was to define a safe upper level of vitamin A for cats during gestation. It was demonstrated that a high level of vitamin A added to the diets had potential to cause birth defects in the kittens, but not toxicity in the queen. The second study examined chronic vitamin A toxicity in female cats. It was found that cats in this study consumed far more vitamin A per kg body weight and had fewer signs of toxicity than reported cases in other species. A tracer was used to investigate whether cats given diets with high levels of vitamin A had the ability to safely metabolize excess vitamin A. Cats given a high vitamin A diet were able to efficiently remove it from plasma. Pet food manufacturers should find this information useful for formulating healthy cat foods for both gestating queens and adult cats.

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