7 Ways Cats Benefit from Krill Oil In Their Diets

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on November 30, 2017

Krill are tiny, shrimp-like sea creatures rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. These vital nutrients are important for the healthy development and maintenance of many feline body systems.

Krill oil is highly sustainable and therefore environmentally friendly, effectively minimizing your cat’s carbon paw-print. It has been proven to enhance feline health and wellness in the following ways.

1. Skin & Coat Health

The omega fatty acids in krill oil have exceptional anti-inflammatory properties, helping to ease the irritating itch of allergic skin conditions in cats. In addition, they also promote a healthier, shinier coat, and reduced shedding which can lead to fewer hairballs!


2. Heart Health

Krill oil supplements promote overall heart health and help reduce inflammation in cats with existing heart disease. They may also reduce cardiac arrhythmias, lower blood pressure, and prevent dangerous blood clots.

3. Joint Health

The anti-inflammatory properties of krill oil reduce joint pain caused by natural aging changes or osteoarthritis. A 1997 study found that senior cats suffering from osteoarthritis-related joint pain had improved motion and more energy after receiving consistent Omega-3 supplementation.


4. Gastrointestinal Health

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is one of the most common causes of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in cats. Increasing the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet can reduce destructive inflammatory responses in the gut, providing much-needed relief.


5. Immune System Health

The Omega-3 found in krill oil also helps promote a healthy immune system in your cat. This is especially important in helping formerly-stray kitties fight off minor illnesses and viruses they were exposed to before their rescue. But even perfectly healthy cats can benefit from the immune-boosting properties as their risk for serious illnesses increases with age.

6. Cellular Health

The benefits of krill oil begin at the cellular level, where Omega-3s are used to structure and strengthen the membranes of every one of your cat’s trillions of cells.


7. Brain and Eye Development & Maintenance

DHA supports optimal development and function of the brain, cerebral cortex and retinas of the eyes in cats and kittens. Giving a DHA-rich krill oil supplement throughout your cat’s life can ensure that her mind and vision stay strong and focused.

While omega fatty acids can do wonders for your cat’s health and wellbeing, most pets do not get enough of these essential nutrients from diet alone. Many high quality pet food labels claim their products contain omega fatty acids, but unfortunately, the heat-sensitive nutrients are often destroyed during the manufacturing process.

That’s why iHeartCats partnered with Project Paws® to create a veterinarian-formulated supplement with the most natural, sustainable source of Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids available. Using a technique called cold press extrusion, Omega 3-6-9 Select Grain Free Skin & Coat Chews with Pure Antarctic Krill Oil lock in as much nutrition as possible.

These delicious soft chews are grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and made from sustainably sourced krill. Better still, every puchase you make helps feed 14 less fortunate kitties awaiting adoption in American shelters!

Omega 3-6-9 Select Grain Free Skin & Coat Chews with Pure Antarctic Krill Oil, $24.99-34.99.
Each purchase feeds 14 hungry shelter cats.

Your cat gets a softer, silkier coat in 3-6 weeks, and you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your beloved pet now has the safe, tasty nutrition she needs to thrive!

H/T to PetMD

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