Do cats need sunlight to be healthy and get vitamin D?

Do cats need sunlight?

Since many cats are indoor cats, I often hear the question do cats need sunlight to be healthy? Many animals, including humans, get vitamin D from exposure to the sunlight.

So many cat owners assume that cats also need sunlight to be healthy and produce vitamin D. But the simple answer is no, cats do not need sunlight. Sunlight in fact does not do anything at all as far as their health goes.

The sun’s rays do not penetrate the thick fur of a cat, so it does nothing for it. A cat gets vitamin D through it’s food, which is a good reason to make sure your feeding it quality cat food.
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