Can Cats Eat Crab Meat? Is It Healthy?

As with most of the seafood, Crabs are completely safe for your cats to munch on. The protein-rich diet is an excellent source of various nutrients and minerals, but do know that it can not replace your feline pet’s regular diet, it is best to be served as snacks.


The edible crustaceans, crabs are immensely popular worldwide. Some of the most commonly eaten one includes Soft-shells, King, Dungeness, Spider, Snow Horsehair and Peekytoe crabs. 

It is intensely rich food, which is a great source of:

  • Protein
  • Omega-3 (fatty acid)
  • Vitamin A, B6, B12 & C
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Selenium, etc

These minerals and nutrients help in the healthy growth and maintenance of a cat’s immune and digestive system. Furthermore, crab meat is known to be very beneficial for brain development as it is a great source of Omega 3.

Raw or Cooked?

Cats are carnivores, which means their natural diet consists of eating raw flesh so their digestive system is made so that they can digest raw meat.

But since they are not in wild, they can have better food, right? Raw meats are most of the time drenched in parasites and bacteria which is the last thing you want your cat to eat.

So, always cook crabs meat before serving it in front of your furry pet. Avoid adding any additives, especially the one which are obviously harmful to your pet like onion, garlic, and a few types of seasonings.

Your cat can also eat canned crab, but since it contains preservatives, it should be washed thoroughly, and also make sure to buy unflavored crab meat when buying for your cat.

Is crab meat healthy for cats?

Crabs meats are without a shadow of a doubt a very healthy food for both humans and pets. But cats or other furry pets do not have as good a digestive system as us therefore it must be offered in the correct way.

It is strongly advised to feed your cat crab meat in moderation. Also, most of the crab meat available in the market is generally, very heavily processed and available in the purest (which is safe) form.

Surely a little bit of crab would do your cat no harm, it can be the perfect occasional snack for your furry pet, but make sure that it is fresh, free from any preservatives, and properly cooked.

The catch

Despite being so full of energy, serving crabs is not always healthy for your furry pet. Cats sadly are a bit more sensitive than other pet animals which makes them vulnerable to various allergies and deficiencies.

Seafood can also cause allergy if your little pet; so while feeding them crabs keenly lookout for any absurd/negative behavior. Salt-poisoning is also another common side-effect of seafood that you need to beware of while letting your cat munch on the crab meat.

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