Vitamins and mineral supplements for pet are not that required when you are feeding high quality and nutritionally complete commercial pet food unless recommended by your veterinarian. To compensate for nutrient losses during processing, pet food manufacturers add vitamins and minerals to their formulas to supplement natural nutrients contained n the primary ingredients. That’s why if you add more by giving additional supplementation the needed proportions of certain nutrients that your pet is receiving in its food could actually become unbalanced.
Over supplementing: Top of the line pet food manufacturers go to a lot of trouble and monetary expense to back claims that their products are fortified with needed vitamins and minerals that is balanced for the stated life cycle, so for the most part, you can rely on the brand name manufacturer’s long standing reputation that these claims are not grossly overstated. Generally speaking, dietary excesses pose more problems to many cases than do dietary deficiencies. Therefore, when you are feeding your cat with high quality pet food, vitamin and mineral supplementations are unnecessary, unless prescribed by your veterinarian for treatment of pin point vitamin or mineral deficiency. The truth is that, over supplementation can cause serious health problems. Too much of a good thing can be just as harmful as giving too little. For example, a diet too fulsome of I organ meats, particularly liver, a rich sources of vitamin A, can cause an excessive build up of vitamin A, a condition called hypervitaminosis which can cause painful and crippling skeletal changes. So giving occasional meal of liver or other organ meats, thoroughly cooked but never raw, is advisable; just don’t overdo it.
Calcium and phosphorus: Calcium and phosphorus most work together in balanced proportions to build up strong bones and teeth, also aids in blood clotting and maintain proper nerve transmission. Over supplementing one nutrient can lead to impaired metabolic processes. Excessive amounts of either mineral also inhibit the body’s absorption of magnesium and other minerals.
Some pet owners mistakenly believe that calcium supplementation in young pets can help grow strong bones and teeth; nonetheless, a good quality commercial pet food contains all the extra protein and minerals a growing young pet needs. The same is factual for pregnant and nursing pets. As long as you are feeding high quality pet food designed for pet reproduction, no supplements should be given, unless your veterinarian specifically recommends it.
Now you know the basics of animal nutrition and always remember that too much of something is bad.