The short answer: Yes, but only occasionally.
The long answer: Salmon is a type of ray-finned fish that belongs to the Salmonidae family. It is known for being an oily fish with high amounts of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12. Technically speaking, fish is animal meat, which is what cats need to consume on a daily basis. However, they should not eat fish regularly because too much fatty acids can lead to vitamin E deficiency.
With regards to salmon, your cat should only eat it as an occasional treat. It should not exceed 10% of her daily diet. This fish should not become her main source of protein since it does not contain all the nutrients she needs to function well. Cats who regularly eat salmon may also develop mercury poisoning, which can cause neurological damage. Symptoms include loss of coordination, loss of balance, and difficulty walking.
How to feed salmon to your cat: Only feed a small amount of fresh salmon skin or meat that has been thoroughly cleaned, deboned, and cooked without any oil and seasoning. Do not include ingredients such as salt, onion, garlic, and chives that are lethal for cats.
Refrain from feeding your cat raw, smoked, or canned salmon. Raw salmon may have harmful parasites or bacteria that can cause digestive complications. Meanwhile, smoked and canned salmon are known to have high amounts of salt, as well as other unsafe seasonings and preservatives. However, if you really need to feed your cat canned salmon, check the ingredients and choose the one tinned in spring water.
Here are three ideas for salmon treats your cat will love:
- Sprinkle some cooked salmon over your cat’s meal.
- Try making gourmet salmon patties for Kitty.
- Use salmon, egg, and flour to bake these cat treats.
In summary: Your cat will be drawn to the strong smell of salmon, but it does not mean that she should eat it regularly. Speak with your veterinarian to make sure that salmon is safe for your cat since some cats are allergic to it. Depending on her age, weight, size, and activity levels, you may need to adjust the amount of cooked, unflavoured salmon you give her.