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Is cooked shrimp good for my cat?

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Mr. Tigger

Mr. Tigger
 
 
Purred: Fri Jul 10, '09 2:26pm PST 
I have a young cat that loves cooked shrimp from the deli. I looked at the label and it said soaked in "salt water". I am thinking this is not good for her kidneys. So for now, she does not get her daily shrimp.

Can anyone confirm this? If I re-rinse the shrimp, will it get rid of the salt?

Meow,
Jana
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Delyte, Dark- Angel, at- Bridge

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Purred: Fri Jul 10, '09 7:36pm PST 
This is Delyte. I mostly get the shrimp from the frozen pack thawed out. I think they use salt water on those too, to keep them from sticking together when freezing. But they are my favorite food of all, and I always get one whenever they have them. I guess it would be bad to eat them for regular meals but once in a while is okay? I hope!thinking
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Calypso

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Purred: Fri Jul 10, '09 9:13pm PST 
The thing about shrimp is that it is extremely fatty. I used to give Calypso shrimp that was soaked then cooked on a regular basis when she was a kitten. She really enjoyed it and I liked how happy and hyper she would get when she even smelled shrimp.

Sadly, I can confidently say that eating shrimp on a regular basis contributed to her weight gain. She's also genetically prone to being overweight but I really should have known better.

I would suggest giving no more than 1-2 whole shrimp (peeled of course) a week as a treat. I know that Calypso's favorite way of eating shrimp was having a couple of cooked shrimp shredded for her and mixed in with her wet food.
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Mr. Tigger

Mr. Tigger
 
 
Purred: Sat Jul 11, '09 6:45am PST 
Thanks for the info. I was more worried about the salt affecting her kidneys than weight gain. She is just one year old. I have cut her off for now, but the pitiful look on her face gets to me.

Meow,
Mr. Tigger's Mom
Jana
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Amber

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Purred: Sat Jul 11, '09 11:03am PST 
If its salt you are worried about, soak in water for a while and rinse really well. It won't get rid of all the salt but it should help.
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Delyte, Dark- Angel, at- Bridge

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Purred: Sat Jul 11, '09 12:10pm PST 
This is Delyte. The fat content won't bother me because they are still fighting to keep my weight up. I never was too heavy and got way too skinny with the hyperthyroidism. But I am not supposed to have too much seafood because of my kidneys ...
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