It’s nearly impossible to avoid giving your sweet, furry, wide-eyed kitty some human food while you’re cooking and he’s sitting next to you staring up with those big, beady, brown eyes, begging for just a sliver of the goodness you’re preparing. How can you resist?
The good news is that certain foods are actually good for kitty – and tasty, too! What are some healthy people foods cats can eat, you ask? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Below you’ll find a list of cat-approved human food.
Please keep in mind: this food is always best given in moderation as tasty treats, and not as a replacement of kitty’s normal diet. If you have questions, always speak with your veterinarian first about appropriate meal supplements and nutrition.
Our carnivorous feline friends sure do love meat. As historical hunters, cats would find lean meat in the wild as their primary source of protein and nutrition. With this in mind, sharing some of your beef, chicken, lamb, pork or turkey is completely okay. Just make sure it’s fully cooked first, and avoid sharing any spoiled meat that could make kitty sick.
Fish, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, is another great source of lean protein for kitty. You might notice that kitty’s cat food already contains fish as an essential source of key nutrients. Next time you fire up the grill, consider giving your four-legged friend some of your salmon or tuna. Fish oils are okay as well. Just make sure you don’t offer too much tuna, as it may contain mercury.
Avoid swordfish altogether, as it may have heavy metals. Additionally, be aware that some cats have allergies to fish, so check with your veterinarian first if you are unsure how kitty will respond to it.
While kitty’s diet should be protein-heavy, an occasional fruit snack is completely appropriate. Kitty’s food may even already contain some fruit in it. If you’re cooling down this summer with a nice, refreshing piece of fruit, try sliding a slice over to your furry friend so he can benefit from the antioxidants and vitamins, too.
Blueberries, cranberries, cantaloupe, peaches, bananas and apples are all feline-friendly options. Just be sure the pieces are bite-size and tiny so kitty doesn’t choke.
Vegetables are another cat-safe option that provide vitamins and fiber. If you find your cat chewing on plants around the house, it may be time to introduce a few veggies in her diet, but only in moderation, as they are not a necessary part of her diet.
Green beans, peas, pumpkin, spinach, and steamed asparagus or broccoli are all viable options. However, make sure they don’t have any oils, salt, garlic, pepper or other seasonings on them.
Did you know kitty can eat eggs? Eggs are a great source of lean protein and taurine, an amino acid that helps kitty stay healthy and in tip-top shape.
Like with meat and fish, make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked through before feeding them to your fur baby. Scrambled and hard boiled eggs are recommended, and raw eggs should not be given at all, as potential bacteria can have harmful effects.
What Foods Should Kitty Avoid?
Never, under any circumstances, should kitty eat:
These foods at a minimum can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and at worst are toxic and can be fatal. If you suspect your furry friend has ingested something from the list above, call your veterinarian immediately. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. If kitty has eaten something and you’re unsure of her safety, call your vet for immediate medical assistance.
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