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Author Topic: Taurine, Thiamine and Microwaving  (Read 2906 times)
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« on: February 17, 2012, 06:58:04 AM »

Because I buy the large cans of Wellness I have to heat the food up for 8-13 seconds as I feed my guy.  What does microwaving due to Taurine, Thaimine and other nutrients in cat food.  If I give it to him cold he gets sick from it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 04:01:59 PM »

Not sure about Thiamine, but Taurine does break down with heating. Some other vitamins & minerals do also. If you are concerned, just give a multi cat vitamin occasionally & for the taurine add some organs, clams or a taurine capsule or powder. Now & Blue bonnet seem to be the safest right now for Taurine.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 09:09:06 PM »

I nuke their food for 12 seconds in the MW. It doesn't really get hot, just room temperature, so I think we're OK. Not much breakdown going on unless the food gets hot.

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 10:08:01 PM »

I also used to microwave my cat's refrigerated food for maybe 8-10 seconds. It just got slightly warm, so I don't think anything can be destroyed at that temperature.  I think you are fine with what you are doing.
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 05:54:14 PM »

I've read articles on both sides of the nutrient/microwaving issue.
But I know I hate the way meat tastes if it's been reheated in the microwave.
I have enough cats that I don't have to reheat canned food much, but I do with our homemade.
I always set their bowl of food into another bowl that has hot water.  It doesn't really take very long to warm up that way.  Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 12:30:32 AM »

It's not so much the heat that damages the nutrients, as it is the microwaving action. In addition, all nutrients are going to be effected to some degree, even those we haven't yet identified.

The amount of damage has not been quantified, but there are easier / safer ways to heat the food. Mixing it with a bit of hot water, for instance, both warms the food and provides extra hydration. You can also float the can in hot water, like you would a baby's bottle, or heat just a bit of water on a saucer in the microwave and then mix the food into the water on the hot saucer.

There are lots of ways to warm it without degrading the nutrient quality, just pick whichever is easiest for you!  ;-}

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