Can cats eat salmon skin?
Hi, I’ve been wondering if my 18 year old neutered cat can eat salmon. I saw a recipe that says that cats won’t eat any of the skin, so that when you boil it you can just cut it off. Is that true? Does the salmon taste different if the skin is not on? My kitty is a long time resident at a boarding house and has only caught a few fish, but I don’t want to take any chances of him catching any disease from these fish. Any help would be appreciated.
I've tried several times to answer questions like this one on the list, and every time I get the same two or three hundred emails. The more you say "no," the more they won't believe you, and the more they won't believe you the less they are willing to consider the possibility that there is a difference between what humans do and what other animals do.
The key to my approach to this and other list questions is to answer the question the way you want the answer to be. In this case I would argue that my cat can and should eat raw fish. It depends on what type of salmon. I believe that the types of salmon commonly available in the US are very clean and do not contain "dead salmon" parasites. So, if your cat can eat raw salmon without any issue, then you need not worry about her getting parasites. If you mean that you want a "clean" salmon, and the answer is "no," then I don't have an answer.
When I have been able to answer these type of questions in a reasonable way, it has gone well. When the answer involves a "yes" or "no," or is too broad, or too general, then the answer usually involves an explanation which helps readers understand what they can and should do. This means making the answer specific. If the answer is not specific, then there is nothing to answer.
So, here is what I would suggest: if the question is asking what you can or should do, then answer the question as you want the answer to be, regardless of what humans do or do not do. If your answer is "no" then it should be because the salmon you are feeding your cat is dirty, not because it is too clean. So, what type of salmon are you feeding your cat? If you are feeding your cat fresh salmon from a can, or fresh salmon on a plate, then you have my answer. If you are feeding her a bag of dry salmon, then my answer is no.
If you mean "yes" and then "no," and the answer is "no," then explain why the answer is "no." The salmon I feed my cat is too clean. I may have different criteria than you do, but that is the criteria I use. In other words, what salmon would I feed my cat if I were going to feed her? The one that is in the grocery store.
If you mean "yes" and then "no," and the answer is "yes," then why is the answer "yes?"
I was watching a documentary the other night on Netflix. It was titled, "What the Health." It explained in detail the importance of a balanced diet for people, cats, and dogs. It also included some information about nutrition. I believe that it is important for everyone to know the details of a healthy diet.
Today's recipe is for salmon and rice. It is a very common recipe for the people I work with. I am sharing it because many people are interested in how nutrition works, and how different types of food impact the body in different ways. There is a lot to know, but I hope it helps to know a bit more about food and nutrition.
The recipe calls for fish or salmon, and for rice. I like fish that I can feed my cat, so that is what I use. Also, I prefer a white or long grain rice. The rice is not necessary for the recipe, but it adds to the flavor of the dish.
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1-1/2 lbs salmon, bones and skin removed, (fillets)
2 tsps canola oil
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 cup coconut milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup rice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Combine the oil, rice vinegar, mustard, and coconut milk in a small bowl. Mix well to make a smooth sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place the fish in the sauce, and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Mix the rice and a bit of the sauce together, and coat the fish. Place the fish on the baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes.
Recipe by PetMD, http://www.petmd.com/
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