Taurine is a β-amino acid, an essential dietary nutrient for cats. Taurine is not an amino acid in the usual biochemical meaning of the term. It is also not incorporated as a protein. Taurine is one of the most abundant free amino acids in mammals, found in particularly high volumes in the brain, heart and skeletal muscle. Taurine is not found in proteins and is extracted from cysteine in the liver of most species. The synthesis of taurine appears to be severely limited for strict carnivores, however not in most herbivores and omnivores. 

Main function

Osmoregulation and membrane stability.

Biological functions

Taurine is involved in foetal development, growth, reproduction, neuromodulation, sight, hearing, heart function, osmoregulation, fat emulsification, neutrophil function, immune response, anti-oxidation, bile acid and xenobiotic conjugation and acts as an anticonvulsant. 

Benefits for the animal

Cats cannot synthesise taurine. Taurine prevents the slow degeneration of the retina, which causes eye problems and eventually irreversible blindness.

Product specifications & properties

  • Content: min. 98%
  • Loss on drying: max. 0.2%
  • Appearance: white, crystalline powder
  • Type of synthesis: chemical synthesis
  • Additional testing: additional testing in an external laboratory according to P 04 A 01
  • Storage: no special guidelines, protect from exposure to light, store in dry conditions
  • Stability: 3 years  
  • Packaging: 25 kg cartons

Regulatory status

Feed additive, category: vitamins, provitamins and chemical substances with similar effects

Manufacturing and supply

WELDING supplies taurine with 0.5% anti-caking agent (EU Code: 3a370) from qualified Chinese manufacturers.

Welding GmbH & Co. KG is not the manufacturer of the product. All product information and analytical data serves only as a product description and has been provided to us by the manufacturer. It may not be interpreted as a guarantee of special properties or a guarantee of suitability for specific purposes. The customer is required to examine the suitability of the product for the intended purpose himself/herself before use.