How can I select a quality supplement that contains flax oilfor my cat?
When selecting a flax oil for your cat, it’s important to make sure that it includes a high amount of the immune-boosting Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s have important anti-inflammatory properties that can help skin and coat, kidney and even mild joint pain due arthritis and injury.
It’s important to know that you’ll probably see Omega 3 on the ingredient list of most cat foods. Even though it’s listed, it’s usually a small amount, and not nearly sufficient, amount. That’s because Omega 3s tend to spoil quickly which would, of course, reduce the shelf life of the food.
Now, it’s important to note that the food will also contain Omega 6s, another essential fatty acid. But one can’t substitute for the other—both 3s and 6s need to be present in the proper balance in order to provide health benefits for your pet.
That’s the most important thing to look for. Then you need to decide on the appropriate delivery system; Flax oil comes in pills or liquid. Of course price is an issue—but, again, don’t skimp on the Omega 3s. Check purity—the product should be approved by an independent, third-party auditor.
Since flax oil spoils quickly, be sure to keep it in the refrigerator.
Ask your veterinarian though, if it would be better to give your cat fish oil. Cats need meat to survive, and flax oil is plant-based. Therefore, the cat would absorb the fish oil much better than flax oil. A word of caution, though. If your veterinarian does decide that fish oil would be better, it is mperative that you check it’s purity, especially given the problem with mercury poisoning and other toxins.