5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat

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Fish is a favorite among most cats.
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Most cats love fish, and it can provide some much needed nutrients for them. After all, you'll find it in many commercial cat foods. So, if you're preparing a nice tuna sandwich, it shouldn't do any harm to sneak your cat a bite.

But -- and there's always a "but" -- you should be aware of some concerns with serving your cat too much fish. The high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids in a heavy tuna diet will deplete a cat's supply of vitamin E. You should also be aware that carnivorous fish like tuna, salmon and swordfish are more likely to contain higher levels of mercury than cod, halibut and flounder.

And although you'll find some vets who believe that it's fine and even preferable to give your cat uncooked fish, Dr. Colleran disagrees. She warns that uncooked oily fish contain too much thiaminase, which breaks down thiamine, an essential vitamin. This is addition to the safety hazard of eating raw fish. For instance, uncooked freshwater fish might carry a tapeworm.

Home Cooking

Some ambitious cat lovers wonder if they can take it upon themselves to make all of their cat's food. Although it's possible, a cat's particular nutritional needs make it very difficult. Dr. Colleran tells us that it can be more expensive than buying commercial cat food. If you are dedicated, though, you should work carefully with a veterinary nutrition specialist.

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