by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
I am a huge fan of tuna fish and almost always welcome a tuna fish sandwich if it's presented. Cats too like tuna fish, and probably would eat it more often than I. You often see commercials with cats chomping down on a big bowl of tuna or movies where the pet owner flips open a can of tuna for their beloved kitty. However, you should be aware that too much tuna is not good for your cat.
First of all, tuna doesn't contain all the nutrients necessary for a healthy cat. Granted, there are a lot of nutrients within tuna fish, but everything cats need can't be found solely within tuna. If you're looking for one food that contains everything they need, look for a multi-nutrient cat food. Most pet foods do contain the necessary vitamins and minerals, so that definitely shouldn't be difficult to find.
Also, too much tuna fish could also result in your cat suffering from too much sodium. If your cat has too much sodium in its system, it could cause other serious health problems. Just like with anything else, you need to moderate what your cat eats and the nutrients it receives. Too much of anything isn't a good thing! Something else to keep in mind about tuna fish is, with excessive eating, your cat may be at a higher risk for mercury poisoning if the fish were even slightly contaminated.
Tuna fish isn't bad for your cat, but you do need to moderate and keep tabs on how much your cat is eating. If you can properly feed your cat, ensuring that it receives the right amounts of the right things, then you will be able to enjoy your cat for a very long time!
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