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Can Cats Eat Shrimp?

Yes, they can. Cats can eat shrimps that are prepared in various ways, such as steamed, baked, grilled, boiled, broiled, or even plain. Cats love the texture, flavor, and the scent of shrimps. You can give it to your furball as a healthy treat. Shrimp is also rich in protein, vitamin B12, phosphorus, copper, selenium, and iodine. However, there are certain precautions to keep in mind when giving shrimp to cats.

  • Cats that are not used to eating shrimp can develop an upset stomach or even pancreatitis, especially if seasonings and butter had been added while cooking shrimp.
  • The shell of the shrimps tail can possibly get lodged in the throat and there is a risk of choking.
  • Gastrointestinal upsets and constipation can possibly occur when cats consume a large quantity of shrimp tails.
  • Always cook shrimp before giving it to your pet. Raw shrimp can possibly contain bacteria such as E. coli, Listeria, or Salmonella which can cause disease in cats.
  • Just like humans, some cats are allergic to shrimps.

Your veterinarian Aurora, CO is a valuable source of information when it comes to your pet’s diet and nutrition. 

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