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Tuesday Tuna-mi Special
by DifferentView2
 Tuesday Tuna-mi Special
Jun 25, 2013 | 2060 views | 5 5 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Because kittehs can’t live on cheez-burgers alone!

Cat owners know that few cats can resist the taste of tuna. The taste and smell hold a powerful appeal that will bring almost any cat running to the kitchen at the sound of an opening can. However, concerns have been raised about the safety of tuna for cats, and it is important for cat owners to understand the issues involved when deciding on the best foods to meet their cats' nutritional needs. Cats love tuna and can be indulged if it's done right.

The most common concern raised in conjunction with tuna is mercury and not just for cats. Because tuna are predatory fish positioned high in the food chain, environmental toxins like mercury accumulate in their bodies in greater concentrations than are found in prey species, as their bodies retain the mercury present in the organisms they consume. Mercury levels in tuna can vary significantly, though on average, humans are advised not to consume more than two cans of tuna per week. As cats are much smaller than humans, their threshold for safe mercury consumption is commensurately lower.

Tuna that is prepared for human consumption contains an enzyme that destroys thiamine, a nutrient essential to neurological and cognitive function, cardiovascular health, and vision. Cats that eat plain canned tuna on a regular basis can develop thiamine deficiency, which can manifest in various neurological symptoms, including seizure.

One of the biggest problems is not what the tuna contains, but what it lacks. A cat should not be fed a diet primarily consisting of canned tuna because it is nutritionally incomplete. Tuna lacks significant amounts of vitamin E, a deficiency of which can result in a serious condition called steatitis. Many other important nutrients, such as calcium, iron, copper, and numerous vitamins, are lacking in canned tuna, making it a poor substitute for cat food. Most commercial brands of cat food also contain added taurine, a compound essential for feline health. Without taurine, cats can develop several health problems, including hair loss, retinal degeneration and blindness, and heart problems. Any food lacking in these nutrients should ever be used as a cat's primary food source.

Feeding a cat the occasional treat of canned tuna is unlikely to harm her, as most of the problems associated with canned tuna for cats occur when tuna comprises a substantial or primary element of the cat's nourishment. Still, there are ways to indulge a cat's taste for tuna more safely. Choosing tuna for catsand treats that contain tuna alongside other seafood or meat ingredients allows a cat to enjoy the taste of tuna without making it a large part of her diet. Commercial cat foods specifically designed to meet a cat's nutritional needs do not carry the same risks as canned tuna for cats, as other ingredients make up for the nutrient deficiencies of the tuna.

Adapted from:

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981371999
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feelark
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June 26, 2013
She did it! Along with the last-minute efforts of the protesters, mission accomplished. I agree with you DiffView2, that she should run for Governor in the next election.
DifferentView2
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June 25, 2013
I've been tuning into the livestream and live blog at texastribune.org . Is anybody else watching.

Senator Davis has been filibustering since before noon. The Republicans are raising points of order in order to end her filibuster and already has two strikes (one was because she received assistance putting on a back brace).

The Republicans are showing what cretins they are stifling debate and being nitpicky with Robert's Rule of Order. A lot of people are watching throughout the country and seeing that the Republican party is not concerned about the safety of pregnant women that choose to have abortions, but is merely trying to reinforce their ideology of treating women as second class citizens that they can control. If the Republicans had the opportunity they would also revoke the 14th amendment as well to keep women subservient and reclassify them as slaves.

I think that Gooberts is a very mild term to describe what these legislators have become and people will eliminate the farces in office at the next election.

Davis has to keep speaking for about three more hours on SB 5. She is now speaking about when fertilization occurs and pointing out that physicians risk their professional practices trying to determine when 20 weeks after the fertilization date. Go Wendy! She should be our next governor.
feelark
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June 25, 2013
The GOP wing of the Texas legislature appears to be a bunch of Louie Gohmerts in training--currently they're just Gooberts.
DubiousForever
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June 25, 2013
Make that while the special session legislature is in session. Just how much money did Rick Perry waste with this special session that panders to his whims and political aspirations? The Tea Party talks about limited government and reduced spending and then turns around and spends money on these special session that only serve to regulate Americans and waste funds. HOW HYPOCRITICAL CAN THEY GET?
DifferentView2
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June 25, 2013
"No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session."

Will Texas women survive the tunami today?