Oh noooo! I seriously can’t believe this! I was reading my weekly Catster newsletter (if you have not yet subscribed, you have to do it right now!), when I found out. Shock-horror!! Alfie’s super duper tuna (which is more expensive than human tuna!) could harm him!
“Cats’ food preferences are generally established by the time they’re six months old, so you need to get them used to eating a nutritionally complete diet at an early age. In order to avoid the “tuna addict” phenomenon, choose two or three different products, in different flavors, in both dry and canned formulas, and feed them interchangeably.” (Catster)
So I was doing this cat raising thing all wrong!! Apparently this addiction to tuna can lead to serious health problems. The trouble is, tuna is high in mineral salts, and too much of it can lead to bladder stones. Tuna junkie cats won’t eat any other food. And feeding your cat exclusively canned tuna could potentially lead to Vitamin E deficiency which can cause Yellow Fat Disease (steatitis) – which means the fat in the body hardens causing terrible pain.
How can you avoid your cat becoming a tuna-junkie? Key thing is to not make canned tuna the staple of his diet (sure, you can treat him once in a while). Also, give him other kinds of fish (salmon, for example) to keep him happy – cats love the taste of fish!
If your cat is almost a tuna-junkie, eliminate all fish from its diet immediately and find another food option. Although your cat may be a fussy eater, you must find a way to ween him off it. You could try pouring a little tuna water (from canned tuna) over another cat food flavour to coax your cat to eat it then reduce this over time.
Spread the word, people! This tuna-junkie danger does not get enough attention and is a serious threat to our beloved fluffy furriends.