Can I give my cats raw salmon?

Some questions cause an immediate and visceral image to pop into your head. In this case, as I was working on this question with a phone call patron, I naturally pictured two deceased cats on a kitchen floor, bits of pink raw salmon still clinging to their whiskers if we made the wrong call here.

We discussed the particular situation a bit; the patron had heard raw salmon was okay for cats, but the packaging did say not for raw consumption--did that mean for cats as well? Online searching yielded a few general articles and multiple discussion forums (“Of course! I’ve given my cats raw fish for years!”) and so I trotted over to the 636’s to see what I could find in the way of cat care.

Using information from two different books, we determined that cooked meat and fish are the way to go, but that a veterinarian who knows the particular cats and their history would be able to make the most appropriate recommendation.

Illustration by Rachal Duggan.

Illustration by Rachal Duggan.