“Our feline friends are no doubt carnivores and in pop culture it has been widely known that cats love fish but could there be proof that they are also liking the other white meat, Chicken. Now do they really prefer one from the other? Are they looking for a different taste of flavor or do they favor all white meats in general.”
What do cats prefer?
Cats prefer both chicken and fish. While some cats are not picky eaters, many do not choose the food they eat as long as it’s meat. Now fish and chicken are good with both of them providing good supplements and protein but never feed the cat anything raw.
Fish provides really good fatty acids while chicken gives a great source of protein.
Since they prefer meat, cats often eat more than they need to and it shows how cats are one of the animals most commonly related to obesity. Just ask Garfield, cats love some overflowing bowl of good chunks of meat. Spoiling them with generous amounts of food every lunchtime will make them lazy and bulked up in no time.
What do cats need?
What cats need though is food that can help them maintain and improve their good vision, heart and overall health. Protein is the main nutrient that cats need in meat as it is their primary energy source and mostly essential to their anatomical features as well as to the immune and reproductive system.
Basically cats need proper supplements and nutrients, and they can only get that from their food or vitamins. Since both of those are gonna be coming from us, the owners of the cats, we are responsible for providing the correct and balanced diet of our close feline friends. It is our responsibility to prepare for them the fresh and tasty food that they will be eating.
Chicken for cats is a much more reliable source of protein which for cats is a necessity. However, it’s clear that the fish-based protein along with the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids from the swimming buddies are needed to keep the cats healthy as well. So yes, cats adore fish as they are more appealing and tastier to cats than the other meats but it’s vitamins and nutritional properties are not enough for cats.
Cats should be fine with canned fish or canned tuna from time to time since the fish overall provides the protein and fatty acids cats need but too much of the product could have some bad effects to the health of your cat. Especially since canned fish is not just fish but also has other ingredients as well.
While some of the added ingredients can either be beneficial or harmful to your cat, a well-balanced diet is still better. Additionally, it has been studied that some cats are actually allergic to canned fish.
The three most common fish given to cats or made into cat food are salmon, tuna, and tilefish. While each has its own nutrients and benefits to provide the salmon is the better choice since it has lower levels of mercury than the others and also a reliable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6.
The most important nutrient however and it is actually considered the “super-nutrient” of the fish is the fish-oil, which has been widely known to enhance the vision, brain activity and overall health of your cats.
Cats do indeed prefer fish but need other food too.
So, it looks like fish is really the staple food of our feline friends and it has been proven to be beneficial in both the taste and the nutrients it provides. However, as in other things, too much fish can still have some negative effects on our cats that will include very high levels of mercury or some nutrient deficiency. Since cats are pretty much like humans, they also need a good and balanced diet, so changing the meat they eat from time to time will be better for your cat’s health. Try mixing up turkey and beef in their diet along with the favorites fish and chicken, not only will it provide them with a lot of protein but it will also balance out the nutrients they are receiving.
It is also important to limit the food they are taking since cats easily get obese by spoiling them and providing more food than they need. So aside from balancing their diet we also need to check the amount of food that we are providing, make sure it’s just right and not too less or too much since we are aiming for the good health of our pets. Afterall, happy pets make happy owners.