Can Maine Coon Cats Eat Anchovies?

PawperCare Team

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Anchovies are small, oily fish that can be given to your cat as a treat or supplement to their regular food. 

Anchovies are packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, calcium, and taurine, which benefit your cat’s health. 

Anchovies can help support your cat’s immune system, heart health, bone health, skin and coat health, and brain and nerve function.

However, anchovies should not be fed as a primary or sole source of protein for your cat, as they are not a complete and balanced diet. 

Anchovies should make up less than 10% of your cat’s overall diet and should be fed no more than once or twice a week. 

Anchovies should also be plain, cooked, and de-boned before feeding to your cat. Avoid 

  • Anchovies that are canned in oil, brine, or with added seasonings, as these can cause digestive upset, weight gain, or toxicity in your cat. 
  • Raw anchovies may contain parasites or bacteria that can cause food poisoning or infections in your cat.

If you want to feed your cat anchovies, you can also look for commercial cat foods containing anchovies. 

These cat foods are fortified with other nutrients that your cat needs, and they are certified by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) as complete and balanced for your cat’s life stage.

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