Said Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman Cats can be addicted to tuna, whether it’s packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won’t hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won’t have all the nutrients a cat needs. And, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.
Since cats love fish, many people try to feed cat tuna, especially the canned variety. Here are some facts that any cat owner should know about tuna and canned cats.
Tuna Intended for Human Consumption
Many people try to feed their animals human food, thinking they are treating their cats as a part of the family. Most people have given their cats canned tuna that is intended for human consumption. However, this is a bad idea, as this type of tuna is not good for a cat to eat.
Fish generally has mercury in it. The amount depends on the conditions of the water and the location of the fish. Mercury builds up over time, and giving your cat tuna on a regular basis can lead to mercury toxicity.
Lack of Proper Nutrition
Canned tuna intended for humans lacks the proper nutrition that your cat needs, such as vitamin E. In fact, most canned fish lacks nutrients needed for a feline. Canned tuna also lacks important nutrients such as copper, iron, and calcium.
Steatitis is a painful feline intestinal disease. It is also referred to as Yellow Fat disease. One cause of steatitis is the consumption of fish high in unsaturated fatty acids, such as tuna.
Bad Cat Breath
The least important negative side effect of feeding your cat tuna is the bad breath your cat will end up with. The bottom line is, no one wants to pet a cat with bad breath, so leave the tuna out of your cat’s diet.
Is cheese bad for cats?
As a result, the majority of cats are actually lactose intolerant, meaning cows’ milk and cheese can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. … But, while small amounts of cheese are safe for cats, it will pose an unnecessary risk of digestive issues for your furry friend.
Do I leave food for my cat all day?
Feed the cats
Keep in mind that only dry foods can be fed this way because wet food should not be left all day. If you notice that your cat has been leaving dry food in his pelvis for more than a day, you should dispose of it to keep it fresh.