Why Do Cats Like Fish, And Is It Good For Them?


This question doesn’t have a simple answer, but it’s believed that it all started with the ancient Egyptians.

Why Do Cats Like Fish? (But Hate Water)

It’s possible that the ancient Egyptians first began to befriend the domestic cat’s ancestors with fish!  If they used fish to turn the African wildcat from fearful to friendly then they also promoted a new species of cat that liked fish.

How Did Egyptians Domesticate The Cat?

Cats’ instincts drive them to find animal sources of protein and your cat is well aware that fish is full of protein.

Other Reasons Why Cats Like Fish

Fish is very nutrient-dense and relatively rare for cats to get.   This only makes it even more appealing to your cat!

Why Do Cats Like The Smell Of Fish?

Fish is a great source of protein for your cat, and it’s full of taurine and other amino acids that are essential for your cat.  Fish is also an excellent source of high-quality omega 3 fatty acids.

Is Fish Good For My Cat?

We don’t recommend feeding your cat live fish.   Raw fish can contain pathogens that would be removed when cooked.   The bones could also cause major damage to your cat’s health.

Can Cats Eat Live Fish?