The short answer: Yes.
The long answer: Similar to shrimps, prawns can be consumed by cats as long as they are fresh and prepared properly. These crustaceans are known to be packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iodine, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins B and E.
However, there are considerations to take note of. Because prawns are high in sodium, these should only be given as treats to your cat (about 5 to 10% of her dietary needs). Aside from this, cats allergic to seafood should not be served prawns. Excess scratching or biting of the skin, hair loss, difficulty in breathing, swelling, and inflammation are symptoms of a prawn allergy.
How to feed prawns to your cat: Prawns can be occasionally given to your cat in raw or cooked form. Raw prawns should come from trusted sources, or they might include bacteria such as E.Coli, salmonella, and listeria. As for cooked prawns, be sure they were not cooked with butter, garlic, onion, salt, and other toxic seasonings.
Wash the shrimp properly. Devein it with a knife. You can opt to leave the shell or tail since some cats enjoy eating these crunchy parts. Cook it by steaming, grilling, or boiling it in water without any additional seasoning or sauce. Chop it into small pieces to prevent choking or blockage.
Here are three ideas for prawn treats your cat will love:
- Replace the shrimp for prawns in this two-ingredient recipe.
- This refreshing salmon popsicle is topped with a prawn.
- Reward her with a piece of prawn after a grooming session!
In summary: Whether raw or cooked, prawns can be enjoyed by your pet cat as a treat. Give prawns to her occasionally and in small amounts, so that the snack doesn’t disrupt the complete and balanced nutrition she receives from her meals.