Cats sometimes develop tastes for certain foods that can surprise us. Normally, we feed them animal feed, which contains meat and not vegetables. Because, of course, who would give herbs to these animals?
However, as more and more people are encouraged to try more natural foods, our furry, full of curiosity, will also want to taste them. Therefore, it is likely that more than one and more than two of us wonder if cats can eat seaweed . If so, here you will find the answer.
My cat Sasha’s first experience with seaweed.
The reality is that, if you had asked me some time ago if cats could eat seaweed, I would have answered with a resounding no. But one of my cats, Sasha, who was bottle-raised and loves to try new things , totally amazed me. We came from shopping in a store that my sister has opened for organic products, we prepared some sea spaghetti with scrambled eggs, we sat down to eat and… there she was. Looking at us with that beautiful little face he has with the sole intention that we give him something.
Convinced that he would not eat it, I gave him just a little. And what happened next was surprising: he ate it in, nothing, in seconds . Then he wanted more. And yes, we gave him more. He enjoyed it so much that I even considered making him a plate with beef steaks mixed with some well-sliced sea spaghetti. Sure you would love it.
From this experience, I looked for information. And well, if I’m honest I haven’t found much about seaweed and cats. But the one I have found I think is very interesting .
Seaweed, a quality nutritional supplement
Natural seaweed has a high nutritional value, but few calories. One of the best known, the Kelp , contains more than 60 minerals, elements and plant hormones, and only two calories per tablespoon . This means that it can be given without problems to all types of cat, even those with a kilo or two excess, such as Sasha 🙂.
They have many health benefits. In fact, they can help with arthritis, heart, skin, and respiratory problems, hormonal diseases (such as hypothyroidism), and cancer . Also, an animal that occasionally eats algae has fewer food allergies.
How to choose them?
There are many types of seaweed: sea lettuce, spirulina, kombu, cochayuyo, sea spaghetti, kelp, … Before buying it, it is very important to find out where it comes from . These plants absorb environmental components, including toxins. To make sure that nothing is going to happen, it is highly recommended to buy those that come from Norway, since it is on its coast where the best conditions exist for the algae to grow, being in waters rich in minerals.
They can be found available in different forms: powder, capsules, whole. If we want to give the cat a taste, at least the first time I advise giving it whole , previously cooked, since this way you will be able to know if it really likes it or not. If he happens to be a fan of algae, you can sprinkle a little on his food from time to time, for example, about three times a week.