Can Cats Eat Goldfish?

Goldfish are a small member of the carp family and is native to east Asia.

It was first selectively bred in China over a thousand years ago and today several distinct breeds of goldfish exist today. They can vary in shape, size, fin configuration and colour. Their colours include combinations of red, black, brown, white, yellow and orange.

They are classified as a cold water fish and are able to live in ingested aquariums at a temperature which is colder able to humans.

However, they don’t like it when the temperature rapidly changes.

So they must live in water which is of a constant temperature.

They enjoy temperatures between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anything under or over those temperatures can harm a goldfish.

The best temperature for a goldfish is between 68 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like other fish, goldfish do not like to be petted and its health can be endangered if it is petted by a human as it can cause its protective coat to be damaged or removed this exposing the skin to parasites and bacteria which could harm it.

Its slime coat is very delicate.

Goldfish are known for dying quickly but this is usually due to poor care.

If they are looked after well they can live beyond ten years.

Cats and goldfish have had a difficult relationship down the years.

Cats are well-known predators of goldfish and have been caricatured often looking longingly at a goldfish swimming in its bowl waiting for the ideal time to strike at it with its paw.

This hasn’t changed to this day and cats will still see goldfish as prey and will seek to attack them if they can if they are swimming in a bowl, an aquarium or even a pool.

They make fascinating viewing for a cat.

Can cats eat goldfish?

They are not a food to be given to a cat because of their bone structure which may get stuck in their throats.

They may also be carrying bacteria which may be harmful to your kitty if they do manage to eat one.

Goldfish also provide no nutritional benefit for them.

If you notice your cat has swiped a goldfish and has riled into it then make sure it is okay and isn’t struggling at all particularly with any bones that the fish may have.

You may find that the cat is sick as a result and if it’s symptoms worsen then it would be worth seeking the attention of a veterinarian.

However, cats tend to more interested in killing it than eating it in my experience.

They would much rather watch it swimming around and then looking to swipe it.

If you have a goldfish it is worth putting a cover on their pond or aquarium to make sure they are safe from the paws of your cat.

Prevention is always better than a cure and a good cover will stop any cat from getting to a goldfish.

However, this won’t always solve the issue especially if they go hunting in neighbors gardens for instance.

For more foods that cats can and can’t eat check out our cat food list.

References

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfish

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