Why Do Cats Like Fish?

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We’re all familiar with the image of a wily housecat eyeballing the family Goldfish. Cats and fish seem as natural a pairing as, say, peanut butter and jam. Not only do cats like eating fish, but they also delight in smelling and watching them. But as former desert creatures who typically detest the water—why do cats like fish so much? And is fish for cats safe, nutrition-wise?

Cats like eating fish for two main reasons: 1.) they’re loaded with nutrients, and 2.) they smell and taste good! While it’s not a natural part of the domestic cat’s diet, cooked fish can make a delicious and nutritious treat from time to time—that is, if your cat likes it. Not all cats do! And some cats are even allergic to fish.

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