Giving Human Food to Your Cat Isn’t Always a Good Thing… But Sometimes
Cat owners are continually reminded of which human foods are toxic for their cats to ingest. And, it makes sense because no one wants their cat to get into something that is potentially poisonous to them. But, you might find it surprising to know that there are some foods that are meant for humans that your cat can also eat.
Here is a list of 15 different human foods that are safe for your cat to eat. Of course, these foods should never replace your cat’s regular diet and they should be avoided in large amounts.
Cats are by their very nature carnivores. In the wild, protein makes up the largest portion of their diet, so cats can eat a wide variety of meats. In fact, feeding meat to your cat can be beneficial to her vision, heart, and reproductive system. The general rule is if you think the meat is spoiled or raw, then you don’t want to give it to your cat. Only give her meat that you would eat.
Cats love fish; it’s why so much cat food features it. Fish is also safe for your cat to eat. It provides her with omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for her heart, kidneys, eyes, and joints. Same as with meat, you only want to feed her fresh, cooked fish, never raw.
Blueberries are as good for your cat as they are for you. They’re filled with antioxidants that can help prevent illnesses. Larger blueberries should be cut in half before feeding them to your cat to prevent choking.
Vegetables like carrots, corn, green beans, asparagus, and broccoli are perfectly fine for your cat to eat. Just don’t feed her anything in the onion or garlic families. If you want to feed your cat some veggies, make sure they’re cooked. Raw vegetables can be hard for your cat’s system to digest.
Pumpkin is one vegetable that can be given as a raw treat to a cat. You can also give the canned variety if it doesn’t contain added sugar. Pumpkin has a lot of fiber and it’s low in calories, making it a tasty and healthy option for your cat, especially if they’re dealing with fur balls.
A peeled banana is not only okay for your cat to eat, but it also provides her with a good source of fiber and potassium. Not all cats will take to fruit, but even those that don’t care for blueberries of apples might find a ripe (but not an overly ripe) banana a treat.
Like a banana, an apple should have its peel removed before your cat eats it. The peel is not only hard for a cat to digest, but it is also where pesticides can be found, even after washing. The seeds should also be removed because they contain cyanide.
Cats can eat oatmeal without problems if it is plain and contains no sugar or added sweeteners. Cats can also eat brown rice and whole-grain bread, again, as long as there is no sugar added.
Cantaloupe is another antioxidant-rich fruit that your cat can eat if she finds it appealing. It also contains a healthy amount of beta-carotene, which is great for her eyes and skin. Just remove all seeds before feeding it to your cat.
Watermelon is another fruit many cats find irresistible. Like cantaloupe, the seeds need to be removed before serving to a cat.
Feeding eggs to a cat has long been a topic of debate, but it is only risky if the egg is raw. If the egg is cooked, then it is safe for a cat to eat. In fact, feeding cooked eggs to your cat is a good way to give her a good source of protein.
Cheese is okay for your cat to eat, but only in small amounts because cats can’t digest cheese easily. The harder cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and Swiss are preferred because they contain more protein and calcium than softer cheeses.
When a kitten is brought home, giving her a plate of milk is a universal action. But, most older cats eventually become lactose intolerant. Therefore, if you have an older cat, it is okay to give her a lick or two of milk as a treat, but not much more than that.
Spinach is a healthy treat because it provides a cat with iron, vitamins A, K, and C, as well as calcium. It can be given raw or cooked, but it should be avoided in cats that have histories of calcium oxalate bladder stones.
Peas can commonly be found in commercial cat foods and it is just as safe to feed yours the fresh variety. Peas pack a lot of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C in each tiny green pearl and they’re diminutive size makes them perfect for treats. They can also be given frozen for a cool summer treat.
Whether you want to add a few new treat options to your cat’s diet or you want to increase her protein intake, the above selections are safe for your cat to eat. As always, when adding new foods to your cat’s diet, start off with small amounts to make sure she can digest the foods easily. With greater food variety, your cat will enjoy a more interesting and happier life!
Author: Giano Panzarella