Can Cats Eat Sardines? Are They Healthy?

Your cat can enjoy Sardines now and then. It is good for your cat’s health like most of the other fishes, but do know that fish is not a natural part of a cat’s diet. There are a few precautions that you need to keep while treating your feline friend with delicious delight, so let’s explore it.


Sardine is a common name allotted to various breeds of tiny and oily fishes. It is packed with numerous nutritious and mineral qualities including:

  • Highest-quality protein
  • Fats (omega-3 fatty acid)
  • Vitamin D, B2, B3, B12
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Zinc,
  • Iodine
  • Phosphorus
  • Copper

Almost all the nutrition and mineral present in Sardines is important for healthy growth and maintenance of a cat.

Are Sardines good for your cat?

Fishes are easily digestible therefore are sure are a good snack to offer your cat sometimes for some change. But Pet Health Partnership says that Sardines are not as nutritious as meats which are recommended for cats.

Therefore most of the vets suggest limiting Sardines in a cat’s diet. Being a cat owner it is important to resist your kitten from overeating, especially items that they love too much on like Sardines. Overeating fishes apart from leaving your cat with a fishy smell can cause digestive and eczema issues.

Before serving Sardines or any fish/meat to your cat make sure that you remove all the bones to prevent any choking hazard.

Sardines are not considered as the healthiest fish option for cats because it consists a high proportion of thiaminase (an enzyme which breaks Vitamin B molecules). According to The Raw Feeding Community thiaminase if consumed in excess amount will cause severe heat issues, weight loss, and chronic fatigue in a cat.

Cookes, Raw or Canned?

Raw Sardines available in the market and kept frozen to protect them from any type of parasite attack, but freezing does not kill germs on the fish. Therefore it is not recommended to offer your fish raw fish.

Always cook fishes before serving it to your cat whether it is frozen, or if you have got a freshly caught one. You have to wash it properly, remove the scale, and cook it. After that remove all the bone by chopping it into smaller pieces, now it is the perfect snack for your cat.

When it comes to offering canned Sardines to your cat, make sure you have for the unsalted one, keenly check the ingredients and make sure that it does not contain anything that can harm your furry pet in any possible way. Also, avoid smoked Sardines as they are definitely salter while in the curing process.

Healthier options

It is advised to limit feeding your cat to only two to three times a week. Furthermore, there are a few other types of fishes that do not contain thiaminase are therefore considered a better option for your feline friend. Some of them are:

  • Cod
  • Flounder
  • Black Sea Bass
  • Lake herring/ Cisco
  • Haddock
  • Perch
  • Sole
  • Hake
  • Tilapia

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