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Evaluation of taurine status in cats consuming diets containing different amounts of taurine by determination of plasma and whole blood taurine concentrations



Evaluation of taurine status in cats consuming diets containing different amounts of taurine by determination of plasma and whole blood taurine concentrations



Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 4(3): 168-171



We report the whole blood and plasma taurine concentrations in cats and kittens fed only a taurine-supplemented or a taurine-free diet for various lengths of time up to several years. The results are reported and discussed as a function of age (time consuming the diet), as whole blood concentration as a function of plasma concentration, and as whole blood/plasma ratio as a function of age. The most striking changes were a decrease in plasma taurine concentrations and an increase in whole blood/plasma ratio in taurine-deficient cats and kittens as a function of age. We conclude that measurement of both parameters provides the best assessment of taurine status of felines.

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DOI: 10.1016/0955-2863(93)90046-y



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