Last week we discussed whether or not dogs should eat salami: click here to view last week’s article. Last week’s article has been a tremendous success and many have been sharing it all over the internet. First off, thank you for your appreciation. One reaction we have heard quite a bit since is: ‘I don’t have a dog, I have a cat. Can my cat eat salami?’ Thank you for asking such an awesome question! Meatmen will deliver:
Cats and Salami
While it is not wise to feed the household dog salami due to their low salt and fat tolerance, cats may be a different story. Also, as a disclaimer, the following should not replace the opinion of an animal health professional. Follow our advice at your own risk. Now to the ‘meat’ of this post.
Cats Can Have Little a Salami
Cats are expert hunters and have a keen sense of smell, especially in the case of meat. Not only will cats perk up at the sound and smell of a tuna can being opened, they will come running if they encounter the pungent opportunity to indulge in salami. Is it okay to slip a slice of salami in with their kibble? How about when they are swiping their tail across the floor and staring at you pleadingly while you eat your salami and crackers? Surprisingly, cats are much better than other household pets when it comes to the heavy sodium and fat content of the cured sausage. Your cat should be just fine with a couple pieces of salami as a treat.
Cats Need More Salt Than Us
According to the website PetMd, there have been several studies investigating the effect of salt intake on cats, and results found that their kidneys are better suited for processing salt than both dogs and humans. One study that focused on older cats, who were at an even higher risk for heart and kidney disease (compared to younger cats), found that a diet that was three times higher in salt had no adverse effect on blood pressure, kidney, or heart function. The rigorous study was completed over a two-year period.
Cats Need More Fat Than Us
Scientists at the University of Glasgow and the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition completed another study that revealed cats are also able to consume a diet relatively high in fat without raising cholesterol levels. As long as calorie consumption is monitored, increasing fat in your cat’s diet will not affect weight gain or risk for heart disease. The study supports previous research showing that cats have evolved physiological coping mechanisms that allow a meat-based diet higher in fat and protein than recommended even for humans.
So go ahead, win your cat’s hard-earned affections and throw your kitty those leftover pieces of salami! As another disclaimer, we are not advising you to begin a salami only diet for your kitty. A piece here or there will do no harm, but daily exclusive intake is not ideal. Salami is a dehydrated food, so cats will not get enough water for optimal health with a salami-only diet. Like dogs, cats will not consume water enough when left to their own devices. For cats, low-water diets can cause kidney issues, urinary tract infections, and many other health concerns.
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