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I eat a LOT of shrimp, is it ok for the cat?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I eat a TON of shrimp, and I mean a ton. I eat it almost daily. I'm wondering after cooking it and all, is it ok to let the cat have a shrimp or two like once a week or something or should I stay away from that period? What about canned tuna?

Right now we have her on hard food as it's cheaper and we're bad on money right now
post #2 of 16
I've hear canned tuna can lead to vit. E deficiencies, but I assume this is if you feed it as a diet, not if you just use it as a treat.
As for the shrimp, since you can but dried shrimp as a "gourmet" cat treat, I think its ok. My cats get this treat and love it!
post #3 of 16
If it is given occassionally as a treat, it is OK. If your cat has UTI issues, don't do it. It exacerbates problems.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
I haven't noticed any kind of UTIs. She's going to the vet tomorrow for a full checkup since getting her from the SPCA.
post #5 of 16
I didn't know this when I first posted, but if I'm correct, she's rather new to your home? And she's only a year or so? It's young for urinary tract problems, and you don't know her health history, so there's really no way to know. But a little shrimp occassionally shouldn't be a problem.

If she likes it as much our Tuxie does, you'll wish you never gave her any.
post #6 of 16
I personally don't see a problem with feeding your furry friend cooked shirmp from time to time.
post #7 of 16
I've had cats who either love shrimp or can't stand it, so whether or not you can feed it definitely depends on them!

One or two a week shouldn't hurt .
post #8 of 16
I think if she likes it, that once in awhile won't hurt. Cats love seafood.
post #9 of 16
MANY cats are allergic but otherwise a moderate amount is fine as a treat ( ie NO more than 10% of total diet )
post #10 of 16
An occasional treat of a shrimp or two will not hurt (no more then once a week). Tuna really is not a good food for cats. And if its a male, it can cause more UTI's.

Our cats rarely get any kind of fish or seafood. Maybe a little tuna juice or some that is mixed in the canned food - but nothing fish based (like tuna or salmon).
post #11 of 16
Pumpkin will only eat fancy feast salmon with shrimp. I've tried other non-fish flavors but he wont budge. I know its not the greatest for him. I wish he would eat something else. So
post #12 of 16
Both my cats love FF but they don't care for the fish flavors. I think this is so odd because every cat I've ever had goes wild over fish. Mine prefer beef and chicken with or without liver.
post #13 of 16
FF has so many flavors, you would think that my cat would like at least one non-fish flavor. One day I got one of each flavor, but he didn't go for any of them.
post #14 of 16
My foster boys will pretty much eat anything, especially big fluffy black cat Archie. But I did find something fishy that he wouldn'ttouch - mock crab!

I was eating some of those summer rolls you can get from takeout sushi - with mock crab and shrimp? Well, the boys decided to help me. But Arch wouldn't touch the fake crab... he would however have eaten every last bite of shrimp if I had let him!

I have been using canned wild alaskan salmon to mask the taste of metronidizole for Archie --- I feed it to him in the half-bath off the kitchen. When I tell him "Archie, food!" He runs to the door and claws at it to get in! He thinks he's getting a treat!
post #15 of 16
My mom loved to eat cold boiled shrimp and would have to share with one kitten. If not he was in her face so close that his mouth would block hers.
post #16 of 16
any (safe) human food in moderation. However, it's best to start a new cat off with cat food only and gradually add treats after a healthy diet has been well established. too many treats can spoil kitty's appetite and make for a finicky cat.
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