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tribrats
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My Mom's neighbor refuses to feed her cats fish. Her reason is that the fish will cause their eyes to change color!

This is the first time I have ever heard this one.

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LyndaD
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Never heard it. either, and I've had multiple cats all my life.
The only thing I can think of is that kittens are born with blue eyes, and adult eye color sets in when they're 5-6 months old. Maybe the feeding of fish happened to coincide with they baby to adult eye color change and got connected because they occurred in the same time frame.

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yeah, that's pretty bizarre. i've never noticed that feeding a cat fish will change it's eye color- though perhaps she got this mistaken idea because cats' eye color can change a lot through their first couple years on their own, like people's eyes. If she was feeding a cat fish while it's eyes were changing color- voila! false correlation.
Thinking of eye color, I've got kinda catty-colored eyes- yellow with dark green rings. a lot of people have asked if I have colored contacts on. Nope! They were blue when I was a kid, maybe they turned this color because of all the fish I eat... Yeah, that must be it. [Razz]

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I recall being told at one point that fish-flavoured cat food (as opposed to beef- or chicken-flavoured) was bad for housecats, though I don't remember why this was supposed to be true. Perhaps she heard a variation of this?

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Mom says she is convinced it is true but I have no idea where she may have heard it. I too have had cats all my life and I've never heard anything remotely like it. Not even the one about fish being bad for them. No matter anyways, my cats don't like fish. But I will ask my cats' vet about that one out of curiosity.

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