Owning a cat means providing the best care possible to keep her healthy and happy, which, of course, includes giving her the best nutritional diet. While most cat food does provide the appropriate vitamins and minerals for your cat, she will potentially benefit from adding a multivitamin to her current diet. If your cat is healthy, you probably don’t need to add anything to her diet, but a supplement may be required if she’s sick or has a deficiency (some cats have a medical condition that doesn’t allow them to absorb specific nutrients).
Finding the right supplement for your cat will probably seem daunting thanks to a large number of products on the market. Well, you’ve arrived at the right article as we have 10 reviews of the best multivitamins for cats available today. Your cat is an important part of your family, so finding the right supplement to make her stronger and healthier is an essential step towards improving her health and well-being.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Nutri-Vet Multi-Vite Paw-Gel||
|Best Value||VetriScience NuCat Multivitamin||
|Premium Choice||Pet-Tinic Liquid Vitamin-Mineral||
|Rx Vitamins for Pets||
|Nusentia Spectrin Cat Vitamins||
The 10 Best Vitamins for Cats – Reviews 2021
1. Nutri-Vet Multi-Vite Paw-Gel – Best Overall
Nutri-Vet has provided us with their Multi-Vite Paw-Gel for cats that is the best overall supplement available. It is reasonably priced, and there’s enough product to last a single cat about a month. It contains vitamins (including vitamin B12) and minerals, as well as some antioxidants that will improve your cat’s immune system and keep her healthy overall.
It comes in a salmon-flavored gel that you can put on your cat’s paw where she will lick it off, and most cats seem to enjoy this as a daily treat. If your cat doesn’t seem to like it, you can easily mix it into her food, and she’ll scarf it down. Nutri-Vet Multi-Vite states that it will assist your cat’s nervous system and will help to metabolize the fat and protein in her body.
2. VetriScience NuCat Multivitamin – Best Value
VetriScience Nu Cat is inexpensive and will last you a month and a half, making them the best vitamin for cats for the money. They are chewable tablets containing fish meal, which will make for a tasty treat for most cats, and it only needs to be given once a day. These tablets contain fish oil, taurine, and biotin that contribute to your cat’s vision health and a healthy coat of fur. They also include a variety of minerals and added vitamin B8, which will support your cat’s essential bodily systems (namely, cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive) and are suitable for cats of all ages.
The main factor that keeps this multivitamin out of our number 1 spot is that the tablet is harder than what we consider “chewable” and is too large to make for a small treat for your cat. Not all cats will want to eat these tablets willingly, so crushing them into your cat’s food might be another option.
3. Pet-Tinic Liquid Vitamin-Mineral – Premium Choice
Pet-Tinic has a liquid multivitamin for both dogs and cats at a higher price than what we have listed in our top 2 positions. One advantage of this product is that it is meant for cats and dogs, so if you have both living in your home, this is a one-stop product. The 1 oz bottle is only slightly less expensive than the 4 oz, so your best bet would be to opt for the larger size. It contains iron, copper, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12, all of which will give your pet a number of healthy minerals and vitamins for extra nutrition. It comes in liquid form in a meat flavor with a dropper (only available for the 1 oz bottle) that can be given directly into your cat’s mouth or placed on her food.
Unfortunately, some cats do not like the flavor, so your only option is to put it in their food, which you’ll need to do twice a day. Pet-Tinic also contains added sugar, which is not a necessary ingredient for your pet’s daily nutritional requirements.
4. Rx Vitamins for Pets
Rx Vitamins for Pets is designed for both cats and dogs and comes in a 4-ounce bottle with a dropper. It contains several B vitamins, potassium, amino acids, and iron to help support your cat’s metabolism and give her lots of energy. It is a slightly more expensive product as compared to some of the others on this list, but it should last quite some time, and many vets recommend this supplement. There are a number of ill cats that have been known to bounce back after taking this vitamin for some time. It comes in a liver/bacon flavor and should be administered twice a day.
It might prove ineffective for some cats. They might not appreciate the flavor as bacon and liver tend to be more strongly associated with dogs. Fructose is also an added ingredient that might not be healthy for your pet.
5. Nusentia Spectrin Cat Vitamins
Nusentia’s Spectrin for cats is a little more expensive but does come in a 16-ounce bottle. The supplement is given to your cat once a day, which might work out to over 1½ months’ worth of product. It is meant for cats of all ages and contains vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants that can help with allergies as well as a healthy coat and skin. It comes in liver flavor and can be given by adding it to your cat’s food. It will increase your cat’s metabolism, immune, circulatory, brain, and nervous systems.
Some cats did not seem to appreciate this product’s scent or taste, even when mixed in with their food. A small number of cats didn’t seem to improve after taking this supplement, so it’s important to carefully monitor your cat after giving her any supplements.
6. Well & Good Multi-Vitamins
Well & Good Multi-Vitamins can be taken by adult cats and kittens (over 6 weeks old) and is inexpensive but must be taken twice a day. They are chicken flavored soft chews that come 60 in a bag, so they should last about 1 month. Well & Good contains omega and taurine in addition to the vitamins and minerals necessary for your kitten’s or cat’s overall health. It has worked well at calming digestive issues in some cats, and there are a number of picky cats that seem to enjoy these at treats.
We found the chews to be a little large for small cats, and while many cats did enjoy these, some cats seemed to dislike these treats.
7. GNC Pets Ultra Mega Multivitamin Plus
GNC is well known for their vitamins and supplements for people, but did you know they also have them available for pets? GNC Pets Ultra Mega Multivitamin Plus is a gel that comes in chicken flavor that you can put on your cat’s paws for her to lick off. This formula is designed for all cats and contains a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals designed to keep your cat in good health. A number of cat owners have reported that they have seen a significant improvement in their cat’s health after ingesting this product.
However, a number of cats dislike the taste of the GNC Pets Multivitamin and have also turned up their noses when it was mixed in with their food. We also found that after some time, the product tended to separate inside the tube into an oily and pasty mess.
8. Pet Naturals of Vermont Daily Multi Cat Chews
Pet Naturals of Vermont have provided a multivitamin through a chew that is chicken liver flavored and is only given to your cat once a day. It’s meant for cats of all ages and contains all B vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and taurine. These ingredients support the immune system, maintain bones, as well as assist in reproductive, eye, neurological, and cardiovascular health. It also includes digestive enzymes that will help in the absorption of the nutrients from your cat’s diet. Pet Naturals of Vermont is less expensive than many other brands, and one bag should last one month.
The texture of these chews tends to be a bit hard, and they sometimes crumble, which makes giving your cat her daily vitamin more of a challenge. And not surprisingly, many cats refuse to eat these treats, even cats who are not known to be finicky.
9. NaturVet VitaPet Adult Daily Vitamins
The NaturVet VitaPet vitamins are relatively inexpensive and are a chicken liver flavored soft chew that is meant to be given to your cat 2 times a day. They contain essential minerals and vitamins in addition to antioxidants that will all contribute to your cat’s overall good health. They also have omegas that will keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy and encourages normal shedding.
NaturVet is meant for cats over the age of 1, but many cats really seem to dislike these soft chews, and we found that the smell was strong. The issues with the taste and scent will prove difficult considering your cat is supposed to eat two of these vitamins every day.
10. PetAg Vitamin & Mineral Gel
PetAg has a vitamin and mineral gel with chicken flavor that can be put on your cat’s paw so she can lick it all off. It contains a variety of minerals and vitamins that help support bone, skin, and coat health and will boost your cat’s immune system and will give her extra energy. Pet Ag is meant for cats that are over 4 months of age. It has been known to aid in boosting some cat’s appetites and will help improve digestion.
Like with almost any product, some cats might not like it, and this product is more expensive than many others. It also contains added sugar, and like the GNC Pets supplement above, the PetAg tends to separate inside the tube, which can create a mess when squeezing the product out of the tube.
When you’re looking into adding a vitamin supplement to your cat’s diet, there are some features that should be taken into consideration.
It’s essential to choose a multivitamin for your cat with the right set of vitamins and minerals that support your cat’s health. You should also be aware of any allergies your cat may have or any ingredients she may be sensitive to, as some of these supplements might include wheat products or sugar. Always read the labels and speak to your vet in order to select the right multivitamin for your cat.
Ingredients to Avoid
There are a number of ingredients that you should not give your cat as they can pose a severe risk to your cat’s health. Some ingredients do have health benefits for your cat but only in small doses. These include:
- Onions: they can break down your cat’s red blood cells, which will lead to anemia.
- Garlic:the same deal as onions. Any form of onions or garlic can lead to anemia.
- Vitamin C:if your cat has too much Vitamin C, it can cause your cat’s urine to become too acidic, which could then lead to the formation of urine crystals, which could then lead to blockage, which is a life-threatening condition.
- Vitamin D: this is a very important vitamin for cats as they don’t actually synthesize Vitamin D from sunlight, unlike us humans. But too much Vitamin D is toxic and can lead to Vitamin D poisoning.
- Calcium:Likewise, calcium can be toxic if cats have too much.
This all demonstrates that you need to keep an eye on the food you feed your cat and any supplements you’re considering. This is why if a cat has a good quality diet and has no health issues, giving her a multivitamin is more harmful than helpful.
Obviously, the price of the vitamins can be a factor, but you should never sacrifice the quality of the product in order to save a little money. If you find a multivitamin that appears to be the perfect fit for your cat, but it’s on the pricey side, consider looking for deals or online coupons to help save some money.
You should ensure that any supplement you purchase comes from a reputable brand that makes good quality products. This also means reading reviews online, not just on the manufacturer’s website.
Type of Vitamin
Cat multivitamins come in a variety of different formats. Commonly it can be found in chews, powder, and liquid forms so what kind you choose comes down to how you want to give it to your cat. Powder and liquid can be added to your cat’s food and blended in so she might not even know it’s there. The chews will depend on whether or not your cat enjoys the flavor of them. Which brings us to…
As all cat owners know, cats are famous for their pickiness over their food and treats. This can mean a lot of experimenting with different multivitamins both in forms (liquid vs. chews) as well as flavors (chicken vs. fish). Some supplements also require 2 doses every day, which won’t be easy to accomplish if your cat doesn’t seem to like the flavor or the scent.
Does Your Cat Need a Supplement?
You need to keep in mind that not every cat will need a multivitamin. If they are eating high-quality food with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need, and they appear to be in good health, they probably don’t need a multivitamin. Many vets will actually tell you that adding a multivitamin to a healthy cat’s diet could actually be harmful, as seen in the above ingredients section, so be sure to talk to your vet first.
Generally speaking, the cats that would benefit from adding a multivitamin to their diets will include:
- Cats that have had a vet recommend a supplement
- Cats that have a deficiency that will benefit from specific nutrients
- Cats that are sick or are recovering from an illness
- Cats that are being fed a low-quality cat food that does not have the essential nutrients
- Cats with gastrointestinal issues that prevent nutrients from being absorbed
- Cats that are pregnant or nursing
Regardless if you think your cat needs a supplement or not, you really do need to visit your veterinarian. Your cat’s health and well-being is of the utmost importance.
The Nutri-Vet Multi-Vite Paw-Gel was the best overall multivitamin for your cat. The pros most definitely outweigh any cons. It’s one of the least expensive supplements on our list and comes in a salmon flavor for your ‘finicky-only-loves-fish-flavors’ cat, and most cats seemed to benefit from it. VetriScience NuCat Multivitamin took our best value award for its inexpensive, effective, and long-lasting quantity of treats.
If your vet advises you to add a multivitamin to your cat’s diet, then, by all means, have a look at the products on our list, but if your cat is in good health, you should speak to your vet before considering adding anything to your cat’s diet. We hope these reviews will make it easier for you to find the right supplement for your cat. Keeping your very important family member in good health is an essential part of owning your finicky but loveable cat.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Vitamins for Cats – Reviews 2021
- 1. Nutri-Vet Multi-Vite Paw-Gel – Best Overall
- 2. VetriScience NuCat Multivitamin – Best Value
- 3. Pet-Tinic Liquid Vitamin-Mineral – Premium Choice
- 4. Rx Vitamins for Pets
- 5. Nusentia Spectrin Cat Vitamins
- 6. Well & Good Multi-Vitamins
- 7. GNC Pets Ultra Mega Multivitamin Plus
- 8. Pet Naturals of Vermont Daily Multi Cat Chews
- 9. NaturVet VitaPet Adult Daily Vitamins
- 10. PetAg Vitamin & Mineral Gel
- Buyer’s Guide