Cats are obligate carnivores meaning they must eat primarily meat as their main source of food.
Fish is another source of protein for cats.
But there can be too much of a good thing.
Fish can contain high levels of mercury and other toxins.
Why do cats love fish so much?
Cats are known to be obligate carnivores which means that they must eat primarily meat as their main source of food and they don’t need a lot of carbs in their diet. Fish is also an excellent source of protein for cats. However, fish may sometimes contain high levels of mercury and other toxins.
Do cats really like to eat fish?
Fish is not nutritionally appropriate for a cat. Fish are not a part of cat’s natural diet. With the rare exceptions of some wild cat species, cats do not eat fish in the wild, nor did their evolutionary ancestors eat them. Therefore, their development as a species did not depend on fish as a food source.
Why do cats like tuna so much?
Cats can be addicted to tuna, whether it’s packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won’t hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won’t have all the nutrients a cat needs. And, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.
What fish do cats like best?
Also, carnivorous fish such as tuna and salmon contain higher levels of mercury, which is dangerous to your cat if it accumulates in the system. Smaller fish like cod, halibut and flounder are safer for cats to eat because their flesh contains less mercury.
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