Cats are instinctively drawn to the smell of sardines. The rich calorie-filled fish is often recommended as bait for trapping feral cats.
Sardines are a healthy, delicious treat for your cats. Besides the great taste, sardines also contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that help with the immune system and prevent heart disease.There are times when sardines for cats might not be the best option though.
Fish is easy to chew and can help your pets diet by preventing unwanted weight loss, or helping with the boredom of a food routine.
It’s best to only feed your cat fish 2-3 times per week, as overdoing it will lead to excessive odors. Be careful not to leave any bones in the bowl and consult your vet, who will be the most knowledgable person on this
Sardines are a type of fish that contain high levels of thiaminase, which breaks up the molecules in vitamin B called Thiamine and makes them unusable. As essential as the vitamin is for energy metabolism, your cat could suffer from chronic fatigue, weight loss, heart problems and nervous disorders according to The Raw Feeding Community. If you want to give your cat fresh sardines instead of canned, wrap the fish in parchment paper first and then fold it up into an aluminum foil packet to hold it in place..
Don’t add spices or oils to your cat’s food—these can upset their digestive system and some cats don’t like the taste of fish. However, the easiest way to give your pet sardines is straight from the can.
Keep in mind that thiamine is not added to canned sardines intended for humans, so don’t feed your cat too much of it. Wet cat food containing sardines is the best way to add these fish to your cat’s diet.