Is it ok to give cats tinned tuna occasionally?

(33 Posts)
Ponders Tue 29-Jan-13 11:11:29

I've bought some of the Schesir pouches & it's their absolute favourite thing, they can't get it down fast enough, but it's nearly £8 a kilo shock

They have Royal Canin biscuits + Bozita or Animonda Carny wet food regularly, the tuna is just a treat & not every day. Would tinned tuna chunks in sunflower oil be just as good???

Eek, my kitty gets half a tin (in brine) each day as well as Royal Canin. Might check with the vet this is ok.

simpson Thu 31-Jan-13 20:12:54

PMSL at tuna being cat crack grin that's what it's like for my 2 moggies. They love it.

They don't get it very often though only as a special treat.

Ours can hear a tin of tuna being opened at 10 paces! Heaven forbid I make a tuna sandwich and not give them any tuna, I can't make it peace until they've been given a little bit. They are also quite partial to those pilchards in tomato sauce, but this has only been on one or two occasions- i've heard conflicting advice as to whether the sauce might be harmful to them.

Scwirrelcat has only ever had the odd teaspoon but he adores it. The trouble with giving him any kind of treat is that he sneers at the regular cat food for a couple of days after.
I love the idea of wrapping the wormer in tuna.

RM76 Tue 05-Feb-13 01:12:33

Hi, new here, usually on the other boards, know I'm a bit late to this thread,but thought you might not have heard about mercury in Tuna.

It's probably just fine for your cat to have it very occasionally, but it might be best to stick to salmon, I know it's more expensive, but it has much fewer health implications, it's nutritious (though, as you know, not complete), low in fat and doesn't contain mercury.
I researched this a while ago because I was trying to get my handreared girl (cat) to eat solid food, she seemed to love tuna, but our vet said to avoid it and stick to salmon as too much tuna can lead to mercury poisoning in cats and humans. So we went home and did a bit of reading, and then decided that not only was it bad for her, but it was bad for us too!
Even small children and women who are having/planning babies really should only have a small amount because there are worries about mercury poisoning if they eat too much, even in healthy adults it is advised that you shouldn't eat tuna every day.
The jury is still out on just how bad it is, but most research seems to support the 'in small quantities' line of thinking.

pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/slideshow-foods-your-cat-should-never-eat

Not the most informative link, but does give a quick overview.

Feel like a right killjoy here, my cats love it too, but just now and then.
Hope it helps.

Cat2 gets tuna whenever I make tuna bake for the kids. And the leftover tuna mayonnaise from DHs sandwiches.
In my defence she's 17, with poor eyesight, arthritis and renal failure. And the vet has said to give her whatever she will eat at that age.
Nothing wrong with her hearing though, she can hear the can being opened a mile away.

TomArchersSausage Fri 08-Feb-13 09:28:36

I give mine juice drained from the tin. Sometimes they like it other times they look at it disdainfullyhmm.

What they love most of all is if I cook them some fresh fish (well frozen fillets). I buy frozen coley or white fish and cook it for a minute and barely cook it on defrost it in the microwave. They go nuts for it but it's only an occassional treat or if they've been ill. They're very spoilt though. They also love a bit of cheese too but I don't think too much is good for them good for them.

AvengingGerbil Fri 08-Feb-13 10:35:12

Mine like pilchards in tomato sauce.

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