Is Shrimp Bad For Cats?

Shrimp are a good source of protein for cats. However, one study found that about 80% of shrimp samples tested were contaminated with high levels of mercury and lead which can cause neurological damage in the form of tremors, seizures and even death. Additionally, if you feed your cat too much food containing these contaminants it could result in an inflammatory response from your cat that could cause intestinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting.

Raw or cooked shrimp for cats is a question that many people ask. The answer is that raw shrimp is bad for cats, but cooked shrimp is ok. Read more in detail here: raw or cooked shrimp for cats.

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Can cats eat shrimp everyday?

Cats can eat shrimp on occasion, but they should not be fed shrimp everyday.

What seafood is bad for cats?

Fish and seafood is bad for cats.

Can cats be allergic to shrimp?

Yes, cats can be allergic to shrimp.

Why do cats love shrimp?

Cats love shrimp because they are a good source of protein and fat. They also have a nice texture and flavor, which cats enjoy.

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