Can Cats Eat Pink Salmon? (Is it toxic or Safe?)
If you are looking out for the best food for your cat you may be curious about pink salmon. Keep reading to learn if it is a viable food source for your cat.
Can cats eat pink salmon?
Cats can eat pink salmon if it is cooked and served in moderation. It has a good source of protein and vitamins. But, it should represent a small part of a healthy and balanced diet to meet its nutritional goals.
Now that you know cats can eat pink salmon, keep reading to learn its nutritional content, the benefits, risks, if it can be served raw, and much more.
What is pink salmon?
Before I start to explain if pink salmon is good or bad for your kitty, I will spend some time explaining what it is. I understand there is a good chance you have an idea what it is, but do you know what its scientific name is? Well, this is just one example of what you will learn.
According to Wikipedia, pink salmon is also known as humpback salmon. Interestingly its scientific name (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) comes from the Russian common name gorbúša, which is their word for “humpie”. Looking at this logically must be related to the fact that it is also known as the “humpback salmon.
This salmon is known to be the smallest Pacific salmon and can be found in many parts of the Pacific sea. Now you have learned what this salmon is, where it resides, and other names it has. Keep reading to learn about the nutritional content.
What is the nutritional content of pink salmon?
Before you consider feeding anything to your cat. It’s important to understand what is in it. Therefore, in this section,
Source: USDA (Cooked, per 100g) *
* See source for a full list of ingredients
What are the benefits of pink salmon?
To get an idea if salmon is a good idea or not for your cat. In this section, I will explain some of the benefits it has. This will be in general, for us or your cat, so you can see the big picture. Here are some of the benefits, according to this site:
- Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Excellent protein source
- Contains many B vitamins
- Lovely taste
Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial because they help to reduce inflammation and can also help to reduce blood pressure.
Excellent protein source
As you may know, protein is important to us humans, as well as your fur baby. It helps too keep their bones strong as well as helping with bone health.
This salmon is known to contain up to 25g of protein per 3.5 ounces. Your cat’s muscles are important for them to climb, run, feed themselves, etc.
Contains many B vitamins
This pink salmon has a list of B vitamins including vitamin B1. It helps them to generate energy, heart, and brain health. And, it also combats inflammation.
In my opinion, pink salmon tastes delicious. But, more importantly, your cat is sure to love this as well. Let’s face it, analyzing nutritional content is all well and good, but if it isn’t tasty, who cares, right?
So, in this section, you have learned some of the great benefits of pink salmon. But, keep reading to learn if there are any risks associated with it.
What are the risks of pink salmon?
Before you can decide if pink salmon is a good idea for your cat. It is important to know any potential risk it may have. Therefore, in this section, I will cover this.
Canned Pink Salmon
There are many different ways to source pink salmon, one of these methods is buying it canned. While this is convenient to store and lasts a long time, it comes with some disadvantages.
Firstly, to keep it lasting long it can, some of the canned products have stabilizers and chemicals (not necessarily the one above, I mean in general). Also, you will never get the same nutritious, vitamin-rich experience like freshly cooked salmon.
While salmon has many benefits, it will not cover every nutritional requirement of your cat. Therefore, it needs to be used as a part of a healthy balanced diet, not on its own. That is regardless of it being canned or freshly cooked.
Should your cat eat pink salmon?
Getting information on the nutritional content and benefits is one thing, but it is often easier to get a very straight forward statement that sums it up, so, should your cat eat pink salmon?
Yes, you can feed your cat pink salmon. But, it should not be the only thing you feed it. It needs to be a small part of a balanced and varied diet. And, it may be beneficial, and cost-effective not to feed your cat this salmon.
So, now you know my opinion about pink salmon. If you have a kitten, you may also be keen on some direction for it, keep reading.
Should your kitten eat pink salmon?
In the last section, I explained my opinion on pink salmon. But, if you have a kitten, you may be wondering if this applies to them as well. Let me explain.
For young kittens, under six weeks, they should not be given pink salmon. After 6 weeks they need to wean for several weeks, for example, using gruel. So, unless they are old enough to eat solids, salmon is not a good idea.
Now that you have learned that I am not keen on feeding kittens salmon, keep reading to learn why raw salmon has its challenges.
Can cats eat raw salmon?
You may have heard some cat owners, or discussions about feeding cats raw food, in particular raw salmon. But, is this even possible?
No, cats should not be fed raw salmon. Any raw fish is a bad idea. This is because it can contain harmful pathogens or parasites for your cat. It is better to cook it thoroughly and then serve it up.
Now that you know why your cat should not consume raw salmon, you may be keen to know if the fish skin is ok? Keep reading to find out.
Can cats eat raw fish skin?
Raw fish is one thing, and the skin is another. But, is this fish skin even viable as a food source for your cat? Well, let me explain…
Some people say raw fish skin is ok, as long as its in moderation. But, I would not advise it. This is because I am concerned about parasites. But, others may disagree.
In this section, I answer some questions related to a cat’s diet (Click here to see if cats should avoid eating feathers). In particular fish consumption. If you have any other related questions feel free to contact me.
Is it OK to feed cats cooked fish?
Yes, cats can eat cooked fish. It is better than serving them raw fish. This is because raw fish may contain parasites that may be hard to see with the human eye. Although cooked fish is better, fish shouldn’t be served every day.
This applies to any cat breed, however, some cat owners have extra concerns feeding Persian cats fish (Click here to see why).
Which fish is best for cats?
The best fish for cats are rich in omega-3. This tends to be trout, sardines, salmon, herring, or even trout. However, these fish should represent only a part of a well balanced and varied diet. Meaning, your cat should not just eat these fish alone.
Can cats eat cooked white fish?
Cats can eat cooked white fish. However, it is not an ideal food source. This is because of its lack of omega-3 content. It is better to offer your cat oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, etc. Because they have more omega-3. But, in moderation.