What is wrong with feeding your cat tuna? Answer: canned tuna is not a complete cat food. Cats need certain nutrients and canned tuna does not contain all the required nutrients. That alone is reason enough to limit tuna as a cat treat.
Also there are different varieties of canned tuna. For example it can be supplied in oil with added salt. It sounds obvious but tuna in water must be the choice if feeding your cat a treat.
Another factor is that some cats are allergic to fish, we are told. I have not tested that idea but it could be true.
Foods high in unsaturated fats are unhealthy for a cat and tuna is high in unsaturated fats.
Tuna contains more mercury than other fish. This is because tuna is high up on the food chain and so the fish accumulate more mercury. Apparently canned white tuna can contain three times the amount of mercury than skipjack tuna.
Some cat owners might consider feeding their cat raw tuna. Veterinarians consider it unwise to feed raw foods to cats because they believe cat owners are unable to ensure that no cross-contamination of bacteria occurs due to poor storage. I think this underestimates cat owners but I can see the dangers. Small amounts of raw tuna should be okay in my opinion provided correct storage procedures are adhered to. Of course your cat might dislike it being conditioned to eating commercially prepared foods.
There are many advocates of homemade raw cat food. They say it has improved their cat’s health. I’d recommend it provided it is done with caution, care and expertise.
Tuna should never be a cat’s exclusive diet as it is not a complete cat food. If cooked it should be plain with no added seasoning. Once again this is common sense.
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