Identifies all parts of a healthy diet for cats. A healthy diet for a cat will ensure the following: clean water (readily available and easily accessible), protein (most cats you will not eat foods containing less than 20% protein), fats (cats need fat for energy and essential fatty acids, for consumption of fat-soluble vitamins and for taste), vitamin A (cats need a good dose of this vitamin, which is found in the liver, eggs and milk, although these ingredients should be used with caution), vitamin B (cats need vitamin B and will eat brewer's yeast without problems if there are signs of deficiency such as loss appetite for a few days or fever), vitamin E (vitamin E is needed to break down unsaturated fats in the cat's diet) and calcium (this is an important part of developing and preserving the cat's bones).
Taurine is an amino acid that is also essential for a cat's diet. There are usually enough amounts of taurine in commercial cat food (both dry and moist), but your cat may be at risk for taurine deficiency if you eat it with home-cooked food or a vegetarian diet. Taurine deficiency in felines can lead to central retinal degeneration, leading to irreversible blindness as well as heart failure. It is for this reason that adding taurine to your cat's diet is crucial.