Is it Safe to Feed Your Cat Tuna?

FDA Cautions About Higher Mercury Levels In Tuna

Throughout the ages, cats have been depicted as ones who love to drink milk and eat fish. While it’s been proven that cats shouldn’t really be given milk, it’s true that they do love the taste of fish, especially tuna fish. Many cat owners tend to crack open a can of tuna and feed it to their felines, but is it really safe for them to eat? Apparently, it’s fine to give cats tuna fish as a treat and only in moderation – so no full meals of tuna for your furry feline friend!

Here are some reasons why tuna can cause health problems for your cat:

– Tuna fish alone isn’t nutritionally complete, so having a diet that consists of tuna alone will cause issues. Cats need taurine, which isn’t found in tuna and that their body doesn’t produce. Taurine is an amino acid that is found mostly in meats, like chicken and beef, which is why the ideal cat food is made of meats.

– While they will be getting a healthy amount of protein as well as omega-3s, they will be lacking in necessary vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, calcium, iron, sodium, copper and more. Being deficient in many of these vitamins and minerals can cause several conditions to develop.

– Tuna has┬árelatively high amounts of mercury in it than other types of fish, so there is a higher risk of getting mercury poisoning. Albacore tuna has more mercury than chunk light tuna.

– It is high in poly-unsaturated fatty acids, which destroy vitamin E and can eventually lead to a disease known as yellow fat disease. The disease causes lumps in their fatty tissue which harden and makes it very painful for felines to move.

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