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Seafood flavored canned foods

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Thread Starter 
Sash eats a lot of fish flavored canned food (all premium brands) I mean some do have chicken, chicken liver also in the ingredients, so there not all just fish. There are so very few other flavors I can get him to eat, there's only two or three chicken and beef flavors that he'll eat in the premium brands. He doesn't like turkey, lamb or duck either. He still eats small amounts of dry food too, but in order for him to eat more canned food over dry I must give him more fish flavors, I feel it's more important he eats more canned food with his IBS and early CRF than dry food. My vet said it's okay if he eats a lot of seafood. Do you think this is okay for him? He's a very active 15 year old and just loves food.

His CRF numbers were just high-normal when diagnosed with his phosphorus within normal range, even lower at his last checkup with his current diet. I just want to make sure I'm doing the best to keep my sweetheart healthy.
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Converting a cat to different flavors is the same as any other diet change; here's the whole story on good ways to accomplish it:

If he has dry food available any time other than a limited meal time, that's the first thing to cut out. Timed meals are crucial in getting them to try new foods.

I really don't like fish for cats; here's why--and unfortunately I have had to update this article several times lately with new information on the bad stuff in fish:

My cats have their favorites too, but I "enforce" a nice varied diet by reducing the meal size (from 14 or 15 oz. to about 11 oz.) until they are *really* hungry at the next feeding and ready to eat anything I give 'em! Yeah, I'm a mean mommy--they'll tell you so if you ask--two of 'em are sitting right here, kicking the keyboard to make sure I know it's nearly suppertime!
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Thank you for the advice Dr. Jean, it's very helpful to us. Now, if I can just get my spoiled boy to cooperate.
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Regarding fish, what's your position on fish oils in cat food, such as salmon oil? I assume it's added in as a way to deliver omega fatty acids, but would the oil carry the same risks as fish meal or seafood?

Also, if a cat is allergic to fish protein (as we think ours might be), would salmon oil trigger an allergic reaction? Technically it's a fat, not a protein, but it is coming from a fish...
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Very good questions!

Molecularly distilled fish oil is extra-pure, and should not contain any proteins or anything else for that matter. Nordic Naturals makes some good products.

Other fish oils, it's kind of a crap shoot. Cheaper ones may not be well-filtered, and may be taken from farmed fish, which are known to be fed toxins like antibiotics and fungicide (and pink dye, if you're a farmed salmon--the flesh would be gray otherwise), and the contamination of the water is a serious issue also. Salmon oil in the US is nearly all from these farmed fish and should be avoided. There are a few companies claiming "wild caught" or "Alaskan" salmon; those would be safer, if they truly are what they claim.
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