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Do you give your cats canned tuna or salmon?

post #1 of 43
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Whenever I open a can of tuna or salmon my cats both drive me nuts til I give them a tiny bit. I`ve heard that it can cause urinary track problems . Is this true? Or is it OK to give it to them?
post #2 of 43
We used to give Charley tinned tuna from time to time. It was more of a treat than part of her staple diet, although as she got older there were times when tuna was all she would eat It didn't seem to do her any harm and she lived till nearly 19.
post #3 of 43
the drain off water/liquid from tuna. But I stopped using tuna when the
mercury warnings came out. Humans are not recommended to eat tuna
(albacore) more than once a month!! I would worry about cats, since they are so small, any mercury there would be a bigger issue for them than us.

I do buy canned salmon however, and most of it is probably farmed,
and would perhaps have less mercury. They slurp it up, big time as it is a very
rare treat.
I call it "tuna waa waa"... and if I put up that call, there is a quick response,
always.
post #4 of 43
I give them tuna like once every 6 months!
post #5 of 43
For me canned tuna is a regular part of their diet. It's been years and there hasn't been any problems.
post #6 of 43
Hello, mine get tuna, but without oil only. Here tuna in water is available (in cans).
post #7 of 43
My cats like cat tuna, but they don't care for people tuna!
post #8 of 43
They get a small treat of Tuna once every 2 weeks, but turn their nose up at salmon!!
post #9 of 43
I usually let my cats have a small sample of my tuna when I'm making a sandwich. It's more like a "treat" for them than a regular part of their diet. I also only buy the canned tuna in water and not oil.
post #10 of 43
I only give shaved dried tuna (bonito) or freeze-dried salmon cubes...none of the canned stuff, though on occasion I'll give a fishy cat food.
post #11 of 43
Freeze dried salmon cubes?? who makes them and where do you get them??
post #12 of 43
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Originally Posted by sharky
Freeze dried salmon cubes?? who makes them and where do you get them??
Wildside Salmon....company is local to me, Seattle
post #13 of 43
Makes note Seattle is a needed road trip...lmao...
post #14 of 43
Mine do not get canned tuna. They do get fish flavored cat foods.
post #15 of 43
Sash has a little tuna on occasion. I hate tuna and never buy it, but occasionally my boyfriend will pick some up and treat Sash to some too and he loves it!
post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by sharky
Makes note Seattle is a needed road trip...lmao...
uhm...the company wholesales only
post #17 of 43
Very rarely they get some as a treat.
post #18 of 43
A small amount of tuna as a treat about once a week.
post #19 of 43
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
uhm...the company wholesales only
... I want where to get
post #20 of 43
Nope, they are simply not interested
post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by sharky

... I want where to get
There are a number of online stores that sell it, including one listed in the marketplace section here.
post #22 of 43
when I didn't know better, I used to give Snowy tuna daily when she was going through her 'fussy eating' stages, and I only bought tuna in brine, as I can't stand tuna in oil. She had tinned salmon a couple of times too, I still have a tin left that I bought for her and never got round to giving her, as she was sick the second time she had salmon. As all but one of the cats in my house need to lose weight, they don't get treats all that often. I did give Pebbles some tuna after she had a dental though, but they don't even get any when I have some myself now!!
post #23 of 43
They hear the can opening and come running, even though they don't get it very often. I give them the water (we don't buy the oil ones) and they take turns lapping it up. It's an occasional treat.
post #24 of 43
yes I do
post #25 of 43
whats wrong with the oil ones? too fatty?
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by chupi
whats wrong with the oil ones? too fatty?
Feeding tuna in oil can deplete a cats vitamin e and lead to a nasty, painful disease called steatitis.
post #27 of 43
Should I worry about mercury in Kitty Kaviar, those thin freeze dried bonito flakes? How generous should I be in feeding those treats to my cats?
post #28 of 43
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Originally Posted by moggiegirl
Should I worry about mercury in Kitty Kaviar, those thin freeze dried bonito flakes? How generous should I be in feeding those treats to my cats?
The Hg is .04 ppm (This is considered very low). I would not worry about it, if it were me. I have been giving generous amounts of Kitty Kaviar to my kitties since about 1996
post #29 of 43
Is it only the oil in tuna cans which can deplete Vit E? What about other types of oil like Flaxseed Oil?
post #30 of 43
I used to give canned tuna to my old cat Muggins...she loved it.

But Reilly.. I've tried him with salmon and tuna and he sticks his nose in the air at it and walks away!

I have to guard my sweet food with my life though..he has been known to get up on a vistors lap and start drinking their milk out of the glass ...so embarrassing!
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