Taurine for your cat

Our Activities  Donate

Taurine for your cat

What is Taurine?

Taurine is a sulphur containing amino acid-a colorless crystalline compound- found in free form in invertebrates and in the biles of mammals.It is present in most cells of the body-adrenal glands, blood,cardiac muscle and the brain.

What does Taurine do?

Taurine is a metabolic factor involved in the conjugation and excretion of bile acids. It is an important regulator of various muscle systems and is essential for proper growth.It promotes intestinal absorption of lipds(fats) as chlolestrol.

What does Taurine deficiency lead to?

Feline Dilated Cardiomyopathy-which is a failure of the heart muscle where the heart tissue itself swells to try to meet the animal's circulatory needs, Central Retinal Degeneration-a condition in which lesions develop in the cat's eyes leading to blindness(very large quantities of Taurine are found in the retina of the eye of many mammals) and Reproductive problems.

Don't they get enough Taurine in their food?

Free roaming cats get their Taurine from rodents which form a large part of feline diet(Rodents have significant levels of Taurine in their brain). Companion cats have been removed from this food chain and are dependent on commercially prepared food. Since Taurine is thermolabile,it is denaturated in great part when food is cooked, and must therefore be supplemented.

What do cats in particular need supplementary Taurine?

Cats differ in their relative ability to biosynthesize(produce in their own bodies) Taurine unlike other animals.They require a regular supply in their diets and research has tentatively decided upon a minimum daily dosage of 250-500 ppm of taurine and an upper limit of 1000ppm.

Do cats on a vegetarian diet get enough Taurine?

No.However we can still ensure a steady supplement since vegetable sources of Taurine(as opposed to deriving from molluscs)are now available. Synthetically produced Taurine can be obtained in any pet health food store.

Facebook Posts

Live and let live! Stop animal cruelty!

Animal cruelty generally falls into two categories: neglect, or intentional cruelty. Neglect is the failure to provide adequate water, food, shelter, or necessary care. Examples of neglect include: starvation; dehydration; inadequate shelter; parasite infestations; failure to seek veterinary care when an animal is in need of medical attention; allowing a collar to grow into an animal's skin; confinement without adequate light, ventilation, space or in unsanitary conditions; and failure to trim hoofs or nails resulting in excessive growth (e.g. hoofs curling upwards). In some cases neglect is a result of the owner's ignorance, and can be rectified by educating the owner.

Equally disturbing as neglect is the brutality of intentional cruelty, involving deliberate physical harm or injury inflicted on an animal. Regretfully, cases of animals being beaten, burned, poisoned or stabbed to death are not uncommon.

In some cases neglect or cruelty is the result of people using animals as tools for commercial profit, such as in the cases of excessive puppy breeding, use of animals in entertainment, animal testing and illegal slaughtering.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Will they transport their kids like this?

Treat animals as ' someone' not 'something'.

Stop cruelty to animals.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

May this new year bring in the
happiest and most beautiful times
for you. Wish you a very
Happy Ugadi!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

#AnimalTests for #Shampoo

Look at the poor, innocent, harmless, freedom loving primate in the clutches of corporate cosmetic testing cruelty.

#BlueCrossofIndia advocates ending of all Animal Testing.

To send your gift visit:

Please SHARE and LIKE this post to help us reach more animal lovers.

Thank you! 😀
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Discipline and teamwork always set you a class apart!

Our volunteers of Blue Cross are always ready! They know what to do, when and how to do it! They consistently carry out tactical rescues. They learn ropes and knots, ascending and descending, rappelling, rowing to name a few.

This particular rescue demonstrates how our constant practice helps us in making challenging and risky rescues seem effortless!

Srikanth, Vigneshwar, Raj, Santhosh, Aparna and Daniel attend this 20 feet deep black water rescue. Srikanth and Vigneshwar row their way to rescue an injured dog. Watch how they professionally rescue an injured dog!

- Aparna

Help Blue Cross of India to be the voice for the voiceless. Help us to support rescued and abandoned. Send us your donation to:

Online donation:

Your LIKES, COMMENTS & SHARES will help Blue Cross of India to reach more animal lovers and spread information of animal welfare and rights.

Thank you animal lovers! 😃
Thank you for your support!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook


Guaranteed to steal your heart is little Master Timmy. Those eyes. That tilt. Timmy will tilt his head at the click of a camera, at your humming your favourite tune and just about anything. If you ignore him, he'll offer you his paw. Tim Tim is super-cute. And super-smart for his age. He's around three months old. He loves to give you kisses. Tugs at ladies' skirts ( he immediately gets picked up and cuddled!) and oh, if you want that tousled-hair, just-outta-bed look, just show Timmy your head :-). Timmy is a foodie and loves hanging out with older dogs. He's in Chennai. Call 9500058836 to adopt!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Kindness to the whole animal creation is not only a virtue that should be developed but is the ABSOLUTE DUTY OF MANKIND. Children should be taught that nature in all forms is God’s Great Book of Life and respect and be compassionate to all animals.

If you would like to show your kindness to over 1500 animals in our shelter, please help them by supporting us to support them.

Click the link to send your gift:

#BlueCrossofIndia thanks you for all the support. 😀
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

making the world a better place