It is true that cats cannot digest whole flaxseed, like you would use in birdseed. Most animals (cats, dogs and humans included) are able to much more easily absorb nutrients from ground flaxseed because whole flaxseed can easily pass though the digestive track undigested. To my understanding ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil are wonderful sources of omega fatty acids for cats and ground flaxseed is one of the ingredients in the food that I feed. For an older cat with kidney problems I supplement the food with purified fish oil capsules.
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