When we think of sardines we usually remember their bad smell that is repugnant to all of us. It makes us remember all the worst – smelling things we can think of. However, this silvery, stinky fish species that comes from the sea is loaded with vitamin D and B12 vitamins that are crucial for your cat’s health.
Seeing cats crazy about fish in cartoons is no joke after all. They can feel the benefits of fish, especially sardines to their health. This craving for fish sort of flows in their veins since the very beginning of cats’ existence on this planet and we shouldn’t avoid feeding it to them. We have to disregard the smell for the sake of the long and healthy life of our furry best friend.
The reasons sardines are good for your cat
Proteins and amino acids are generally very important for muscle structure. Sardines are packed with essential proteins that will strengthen and protect the connective tissue and also joints, skin, bones, hair and nails.
This fish type is also rich in vitamin D, another essential contributor to bone building and joint empowerment. Sardine-rich diet could also help cats with arthritis regarding pain alleviation and, therefore, increase their movability and flexibility.
Vitamin B12 in concoction with healthy DHA and EPA from sardines is a great cocktail that will boost cardiovascular health of your cat. Vitamins D and B12 found in sardines are victorious against cancer and prevent it from getting into metastasis. What they actually do is causing apoptosis which is a process that practically kills off the cancer cells.
Studies done in beagle puppies showed that omega-3 fats from sardines help the development of cognitive abilities. It sharpens eye-function of your pet as well as the ability to memorize and learn. Being overweight is one of the worst things your cat can experience. It decreases their activity and the ability to self-groom.
Omega-3 from sardines can activate the process of fat-burning in your cat and help them lose a few pounds! While omega-6 accelerates the decline of your cat’s kidney function, omega-3 protects it! Kidney failure is pretty ordinary in cats, so feeding them on sardines will prolong your cat’s kidneys’ life and overall life expectancy.
Cats are known for being pretty indifferent to activities taking place around them. However, what if they’re suffering from depression? Yes, it is possible that without enough cytokines your cat may be down in the dumps all the time. Sardines have a substantial amount of cytokines that will ‘’cheer your pet up’’ and make it feel energetic.
How much is enough?
Vets recommend that we don’t give the whole can content to the cat. A maximum of ½ of the can is enough for it to get the optimal amount of healthy fats and proteins sardines can provide. Why shouldn’t we overdo it? Sardines are high in calories which will not keep your cat in shape, i.e. your cat will gain some weight!
Are sardines potentially dangerous for your cat?
Sardines are pretty much within the bottom of the aquatic chain. This means they feed on a lot of planktons. Consequently, they should not be full of mercury which we should watch out for because it is poisonous!
However, this doesn’t mean they’re completely harmless. Some experts say that the smaller the fish is, the likelihood is higher that they will have mercury in them. Also, sardines have a lot of salt which is not very healthy for your cat.
Moreover, giving raw sardine to cats puts them at risk of salmonella which means we’ll have to bother cooking it every time we’re preparing it for our pet. Finally, it is said that sardines have an enzyme that destroys vitamin B responsible for neurological health. Cooking the sardine will kill off this enzyme but this also means that’ll we’ll need to put some extra time in the preparation of the meal.
So, should you feed sardines to your cat? Absolutely yes, but in moderation! They still have more good than bad aspects to them that help your cat feel healthy. Additionally, they’re much better than tuna because of the low mercury level, a lot of water in it and a few spices.
How to properly feed sardines to your cat?
The first step to feeding your cat with sardines is to choose the right product. The best choice would be fresh, cooked sardines. If you’re looking for canned ones, make sure they’re packed in water or oil. There are some that come with different types of sauces but they are usually full of hazardous ingredients such as salt or garlic.
You can than the fish, make a paste of it by putting it into a blender or chop it in tiny pieces. Be sure to know the right amount of daily sardine intake. One sardine a day is enough for your cat to get all the beneficial fats, proteins and acids. You can put it on top of your cat’s regular food. There
There is certainly another way you can schedule the sardine meals for your cat. You can make a whole meal made of sardine once a week by just putting all the sardines your cat would get during a week’s time into one meal. Chop the sardine so you make it easier for your cat to digest it!