Wed, Jun 5, 2024

Hello again. I’ve been working hard trying to get LJ’s diet good. I have a question about her food. She has 4 meals a day. 3 days a week her first meal is weruva with tuna as the third ingredient and the other 3 are tiki cat or weruva with chicken as the main protein source. One day a week she has tiki cat sardine. 2 days a week she has wellness and instinct (different protein sources) and the final day she has weruva with tuna being the first ingredient. My question is, is this okay? Is sardine food once a week and tuna food once a week okay. Also, is tuna as the third ingredient okay 3 times a week only as one of her 4 meals? She gets a mixture of beef, lamb, duck and turkey as other protein sources either the wellness and instinct.

Thanks for your help!

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It sounds like you're putting a lot of thought into LJ's diet, which is fantastic!

Tuna, for instance, can be high in mercury. While occasional consumption is generally safe, it's best not to make it a staple in your cat's diet. Having tuna as the third ingredient three times a week for one meal and as the main ingredient once a week should be fine, but I would recommend against increasing the frequency. Sardines, on the other hand, are generally lower in mercury compared to tuna and can be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, but moderation is still key.

Firstly, regarding mercury content, tuna can contain higher levels of mercury. Limiting tuna to once a week as the main ingredient and a few times a week as a minor ingredient is a prudent approach.

And offering a variety of protein sources such as chicken, beef, lamb, duck, and turkey is excellent. This helps prevent food sensitivities and provides a broad spectrum of nutrients.

Lastly, wet foods are great for hydration, which is particularly important for cats, especially those prone to urinary issues.

Overall, your approach seems well thought out. Just keep an eye on LJ for any signs of food sensitivities or allergies, such as itching, digestive issues, or changes in behavior. If you notice any concerns, you might want to adjust her diet accordingly.

Keep an eye on her and if you notice any changes in her appetite or symptoms, contact me or consider changing her diet.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you!