Is it ok to give cats tinned tuna occasionally?

(33 Posts)
Ponders Tue 29-Jan-13 11:11:29

I've bought some of the Schesir pouches & it's their absolute favourite thing, they can't get it down fast enough, but it's nearly £8 a kilo shock

They have Royal Canin biscuits + Bozita or Animonda Carny wet food regularly, the tuna is just a treat & not every day. Would tinned tuna chunks in sunflower oil be just as good???

cozietoesie Tue 29-Jan-13 12:15:43

I'll be interested in comments on this. I allow Seniorboy to have the odd few flakes if I'm having some (maybe once every 4-6 weeks or so) but I'd be very edgy about feeding it with any degree of regularity. I'm not sure it has a good nutrient balance and I don't like him having as much salt as tinned tuna seems to contain.

(I hate tuna in oil so we don't have that in the house and he doesn't get it - but I understand that the oil might also cause problems?)

mollymole Tue 29-Jan-13 12:20:07

My girl (8 yrs) has it as a very occasional treat. She will only eat it in sunflower oil, if it comes in springwater she refused until I mix a drop of olive oil in. The vet suggested it when her appetite was poor after she had been ill.

I really don't think it can cause harm if it is VERY occasional as I don't think the vet would have said to let her have it.

Oreocrumbs Tue 29-Jan-13 12:20:16

Well I haven't looked into the nutritional break down, but in my many years of being owned by cats I can tell you that the occasional tin of tuna is the law!

All of my cats have always had it as a treat.

The dogs get sardines in oil and the cats tuna in oil (then the left over oil goes on the dog food).

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Tue 29-Jan-13 12:25:49

Mine used to get it every day as it was cheaper then cat food. He's 14ish now.

cozietoesie Tue 29-Jan-13 12:26:11

That schesir food looks interesting. (Although I looked askance at their notion of a savings pack price!)

Ponders Tue 29-Jan-13 12:35:03

oh this is great, thanks all, I will stop buying Schesir immediately! grin

cozietoesie, the Schesir kitten tuna has this composition:

tuna (58%), sunflower oil (1.3%), vegetable gelatin, minerals

so I thought tinned tuna in oil should be ok. (I'm wondering what the other 40% is though confused) I think it'll only be tuna in brine which is salty - in sunflower oil it shouldn't be? Mine are still technically kittens, they're 8 months old, diet is different for an older cat I suppose.

agree about the 'savings' pack!

Cailleach Tue 29-Jan-13 14:58:22

Just be aware that cats need taurine in their diet, otherwise they are highly likely to go blind and / or have cardiac problems.

A diet comprising of tuna alone is not sufficient for them.

Read this article to see why taurine is so important for cats:

Ponders Tue 29-Jan-13 18:47:32

well I know that, Cailleach wink

(see OP. Royal Canin, Bozita & Animonda are just stuffed with taurine)

bringnbuy Tue 29-Jan-13 19:07:27

my cat LOVES tuna, mind you, she loves food in general. she will CHARGE if i cann tuna which she has a bit of as a treat once, sometimes twice a month.

bringnbuy Tue 29-Jan-13 19:07:42


The other reason apart from the taurine aspect is that tuna is so tasty you can make a cat only eat that to the preference of everything else - bastard fluffies, you know what they're like when they think you're the tuna dispensing God.

Ponders Tue 29-Jan-13 19:19:52

ah well, I keep them on their toes re the tuna - they never know when they're going to get it grin

EasilyBored Tue 29-Jan-13 21:45:00

I let catface have tuna when we have some, which is not very regularly, but it's only the scrapings from the can. He can hear it coming out of the kitchen cupboard from half a mile away though, it's catcrack for him. The day the baby had a tuna sandwich (aka, the floor had a tuna sandwich) was probably the happiest day in his entire life. You could almost see him realise that maybe the tiny human wasn't the worst thing to happen to him, and may in fact be a useful addition to the household.

QueenofPlaids Tue 29-Jan-13 21:57:48

Sir does get the occasional tuna when I'm using it, but usually only a few flakes due to taurine / kitty crack issues. He will quite merrily lap the water from tuna in (unsalted) spring water without impacting on the actual food he takes in.

I dropped some tuna on the floor this morning while making my lunch. He was in kitty heaven grin

issey6cats Tue 29-Jan-13 22:56:53

same here i use half a small can of tuna if im making myself a sandwich so the four cats get a spponfull each and they love it, as an ocassional treat

crazynanna Tue 29-Jan-13 23:03:05

Crazycat hates tuna! confused

Sniffs it...and looks at me as if I have served her her own catpooh!

But...she loves sweetcorn, and melon.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Tue 29-Jan-13 23:08:02

Oh yeah mine loves sweet corn as well, especially on the cob!
Just to clarify mine has complete down all day (thus solving the other nutrient & toothy problem) but has wet food for dinner & that's when he had his tuna.

LurcioLovesFrankie Tue 29-Jan-13 23:08:10

Current cat loves the stuff - it's what I use to get worming tablets and antibiotics into him (and he got it for Christmas lunch). His predecessor was considerably brighter and more discerning - I once fed her a worming tablet in some tuna, and she refused it in all forms ever after - wouldn't even eat tuna flavoured cat food.

QueenofPlaids Tue 29-Jan-13 23:08:30

crazy you have mad highly unusual cats grin

crazynanna Tue 29-Jan-13 23:12:16


She is a weirdo Queen!

She will not eat roast chicken,either.

But she woofs down a bit of a scone.

sashh Wed 30-Jan-13 07:58:56

Mine had a tin of tuna the other day, I had run out of catfood.

cozietoesie Wed 30-Jan-13 08:06:16

Your cat sounds quite demented, crazynanna. (Sorry to be frank and all. grin])

crazynanna Wed 30-Jan-13 08:30:39

Your cat sounds quite demented, crazynanna


cozietoesie Wed 30-Jan-13 08:32:47


Eek, my kitty gets half a tin (in brine) each day as well as Royal Canin. Might check with the vet this is ok.

simpson Thu 31-Jan-13 20:12:54

PMSL at tuna being cat crack grin that's what it's like for my 2 moggies. They love it.

They don't get it very often though only as a special treat.

Ours can hear a tin of tuna being opened at 10 paces! Heaven forbid I make a tuna sandwich and not give them any tuna, I can't make it peace until they've been given a little bit. They are also quite partial to those pilchards in tomato sauce, but this has only been on one or two occasions- i've heard conflicting advice as to whether the sauce might be harmful to them.

Scwirrelcat has only ever had the odd teaspoon but he adores it. The trouble with giving him any kind of treat is that he sneers at the regular cat food for a couple of days after.
I love the idea of wrapping the wormer in tuna.

RM76 Tue 05-Feb-13 01:12:33

Hi, new here, usually on the other boards, know I'm a bit late to this thread,but thought you might not have heard about mercury in Tuna.

It's probably just fine for your cat to have it very occasionally, but it might be best to stick to salmon, I know it's more expensive, but it has much fewer health implications, it's nutritious (though, as you know, not complete), low in fat and doesn't contain mercury.
I researched this a while ago because I was trying to get my handreared girl (cat) to eat solid food, she seemed to love tuna, but our vet said to avoid it and stick to salmon as too much tuna can lead to mercury poisoning in cats and humans. So we went home and did a bit of reading, and then decided that not only was it bad for her, but it was bad for us too!
Even small children and women who are having/planning babies really should only have a small amount because there are worries about mercury poisoning if they eat too much, even in healthy adults it is advised that you shouldn't eat tuna every day.
The jury is still out on just how bad it is, but most research seems to support the 'in small quantities' line of thinking.

Not the most informative link, but does give a quick overview.

Feel like a right killjoy here, my cats love it too, but just now and then.
Hope it helps.

Cat2 gets tuna whenever I make tuna bake for the kids. And the leftover tuna mayonnaise from DHs sandwiches.
In my defence she's 17, with poor eyesight, arthritis and renal failure. And the vet has said to give her whatever she will eat at that age.
Nothing wrong with her hearing though, she can hear the can being opened a mile away.

TomArchersSausage Fri 08-Feb-13 09:28:36

I give mine juice drained from the tin. Sometimes they like it other times they look at it disdainfullyhmm.

What they love most of all is if I cook them some fresh fish (well frozen fillets). I buy frozen coley or white fish and cook it for a minute and barely cook it on defrost it in the microwave. They go nuts for it but it's only an occassional treat or if they've been ill. They're very spoilt though. They also love a bit of cheese too but I don't think too much is good for them good for them.

AvengingGerbil Fri 08-Feb-13 10:35:12

Mine like pilchards in tomato sauce.

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