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Coenzyme q10?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Can I give my cat coenzyme q10? Is there anything I should know before I give? I heard it can slow down aging process. I don't want to ask my vet because he always says dry food is enough.
post #2 of 9
I am going to post two websites for you to look at: http://www.peteducation.com/article....+1448&aid=1345 and http://www.accentonpethealthcare.com/cq10.html.

I would not use any additives to your cats diet without asking a veterinarian first.
post #3 of 9
Co-Q10 is an "exotic" supplement, even for humans. It is expensive, and there's really no concensus on optimal dosing. Why would you want to give somethinig like that to your cat? If you are interested in supplementing your cat's diet, why not start with something like 1/4 tsp of cod liver oil, or perhaps a multi-vitamin supplement from a good pet store? The cod liver oil is an excellent source of Omega-3 fish oil, and has great benefit for the heart and nervous system.

Finally, if your cat is healthy, then why not just concentrate on providing the best diet you can afford, and forget about supplements. "Life extension" supplements for an animal sounds like a silly idea.
post #4 of 9
Well, i wouldn't put it past the creative sales and marketing departments at the pharmaceutical firms to say that kitties need statins in order to control their cholesterol levels.

I've always thought of CoQ10 as being used for helping with the muscle pains that can come from taking a statin for lowering cholesterol levels. Don't know if it would help otherwise.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link! Articles like that make me very tempted to give him coq10. I also read from various comments saying that if coq10 definitely worths the money if one doesn't want to buy lots of supplements for human. I don't know if it is true.
My old vet doesn't think cats need anything other than dry food though, and he thinks science hills is perfectly ok.
post #6 of 9
Snake oil, IMO. You'll find lots of people telling you how great the Tornado fuel saver is too.

Just feed a healthy food, weigh the cat occasionally and feel them to see that they are slightly above ideal youthful weight, play with your cat plenty for lots of good healthy exercise, and have a dental care regiment in place. These are the proven ways to increase the lifespan of elderly cats.
post #7 of 9
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I am going to post two websites for you to look at: http://www.peteducation.com/article....+1448&aid=1345 and http://www.accentonpethealthcare.com/cq10.html.

I would not use any additives to your cats diet without asking a veterinarian first.
Yeah, and just click "Here" to purchase your brewers yeast, thank you very much. Nonsense marketing, disguised as science...
post #8 of 9
[font="Comic Sans MS"]I'd not be too bothered about the q10 - the cod liver oil or evening primrose oil are far more important for long term benefit and longevity. Q10 isn't even fully proven with humans.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I guess I don't need to give him coenzyme q10.
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