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Fresh Fish For Kitty?

Obviously many of our cats aren't lucky enough to be this close to a fresh catch daily – some of them never even make it outside! – but there are pet owners that treat pets to people food, either as a treat or as a primary meal. I recently learned of some dangers of tuna (which I thought was kitty friendly):

Tuna does not contain significant amounts of vitamin E, for example, so too much of the fish can lead to vitamin E deficiency, resulting in yellow-fat disease, or steatitis. Symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, and hypersensitivity to touch, due to inflammation and necrosis of fat under the skin. Felines who are fed too much tuna can develop other nutrient deficiencies, too, because most deboned fish are lacking in calcium, sodium, iron, copper, and several other vitamins.

The vet recommends feeding fish to a cat as an occasional treat, and choosing premium commercial food for meal time. Is this a surprise – how many of you knew about these dangers?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
Bubba gets fresh shrimp or crab when I happen to be preparing a meal involving either. He can smell shrimp a mile away :D
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Not a surprise I knew of the dangers of feeding tuna especially canned tuna to cats. My cat only eats dry cat food in a chicken flavor.
sunshinedreams9 sunshinedreams9 9 years
My kitties LOVE tuna. I love tuna also so every time I eat tuna, I have three little mooches to share my tuna with. I don't blame them though, I would get sick of Purina too if I ate it everyday. I always share with my kitties!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
Umm......the only taste of fish my cat has gotten is the artificial stuff in his food
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
Sarge and Whiskey get the obligatory Can-o-Tuna for Christmas, otherwise they just have to be content with the drained water when we eat canned tuna.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
That picture is hilarious!! But, my cat doesn't really like fish. She's 'italian' so her favorite special treat is a piece of biscotti.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
The only non-petstore food I give my (5) cats is boiled chicken breast, on average about once a month. I think they look forward to it. :P
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
My Oliver has PKD, so he can't go near the stuff. Fish, as well as beef, are too high in phosphorus. Poultry only for my big boy!
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
My cat only ever gets fish when he goes over to my parents house, which isn't very often. My dad insists on feeding him salmon. :oy:
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
tuna's got a lot of mercury as well- not good for the kitties. my cat only gets a small, small amount as a treat, maybe about once a month. thats it. those pictures are hilarious, by the way!
JaeB JaeB 9 years
My cat won't even eat crappy canned fish containing food. The only fish she'll eat is a bite of tuna, stolen out of someone's tuna sandwich when they're not looking. ;)
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