Updated by Sheryl on Aug 13, 2021
Many people believe that begging at the dinner table is a behavior reserved for dogs, but it's rather usual for your feline to do so as well! If you're eating an incredible tuna sandwich or a dish of ice cream, your cat is likely to anticipate you to smuggle a tasty tidbit their way as well. But it's crucial to remember that something is safe for us to consume doesn't mean it's safe for them.
Many of us may sneak a lovely morsel of what we're eating to our cats, but have you ever considered "what human foods can cats eat?" This article will show you what our foods are safe for your cat to eat.
Cats are carnivores, to put it bluntly. A whole heart, clear vision, and a healthy reproductive system must consume meat protein. Cooked beef, chicken, turkey, and modest portions of lean deli meats are excellent protein sources.
Poultry, beef, and other meats are all-natural choices for your little carnivore. Your best bet is cooked poultry. Meats high in sodium, such as cold cuts or ham, should be avoided since too much salt is hazardous to cats. However, you must ensure that the meat is thoroughly cooked before serving - never serve raw meat to cats – and that all skin and bones are removed before feeding your cat. Your cat may become ill if it eats raw or rotten meat.
While you don't want your cat to eat from the aquarium, oily fish like tuna or mackerel can benefit his eyesight, joints, and brain. They include omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to cats' overall health and may also help cats with arthritis and kidney illness. As with other meats, make sure the fish is well cooked with all bones removed, and never feed raw fish to your cat.
Fruits, like vegetables, can be hit or miss with cats, with many feline expressing dislikes for the texture or flavor. If your cat has a sweet craving for fruits, several are healthy for them to eat.
Many fruits contain potassium, fiber, vitamins A and C and being low in calories! Bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, seedless watermelon, peeled apples (deseeded), and pumpkins are all good snacks.
Bananas can also be a healthy snack for cats, albeit due to their high sugar content, they should only be given as a rare treat.
Vitamins and minerals abound in bananas. Bananas are a safe and healthful treat for your cat, but they, like all the other products on this list, should be given in tiny amounts. A banana, even half a banana, is not something your cat should consume. Please give her a little slice of your banana instead. Although a small amount won't harm her, eating too many bananas can induce gastrointestinal problems, including constipation.
Blueberries and strawberries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants, making them beautiful fruits to enjoy with your cat... though probably not in a pie.
Small chunks of cantaloupe, honeydew, or seedless watermelon are popular among cats. Melon also contains a lot of vitamins A and C.
Cats are known to despise vegetables, so they may simply turn their nose up when given one. If your cat appreciates a strange veggie snack, it will provide plenty of vitamins, fiber, and water. Cucumber, steamed broccoli, carrots, asparagus, and peas are a few veggies that cats can consume safely.
If you don't want to use the spice, just give your cat the pumpkin. Fiber and minerals in pureed pumpkin can assist with everything from constipation to hairballs.
You know your cat likes leafy greens if you've ever seen it munch on grass. Although spinach is high in vitamins, it should not be fed to cats that have kidney or urinary issues.
While cats, unlike humans, are not required to consume vegetables, they can be a safe and healthy treat. Cooked carrots are acceptable for your cat but avoid raw carrots because they might cause choking.
Oatmeal contains many fibers, iron, and protein, all of which are good for your cat's health. They can also be applied topically to help with skin issues.
A small amount of white rice won't hurt your cat, even if it isn't a required element of their diet. If she's suffering stomach problems, it might be beneficial.
Protein-rich eggs are another nutritious food that you may feed to your cat. Although when it comes to what cats can eat, you might be surprised to hear those eggs are on the menu! Cooked eggs (scrambled or boiled) can be enjoyed by cats and are high in amino acids and protein, making them a healthy treat. Raw eggs should never be fed to your cat, as they carry the same danger of salmonella as people. Cooked eggs are preferable to raw eggs, which may contain salmonella or E. coli.
You're probably thinking about cow's milk when you think of feeding milk to cats. Most cats don't benefit from this type of milk, especially if it replaces a balanced meal. Whether whole, two percent, or skim, cow's milk can all add harmful quantities of fat to your cat's diet.
Almond milk is acceptable for your cat in moderation, but it doesn't provide any additional health benefits that they wouldn't get from a balanced diet. Almond milk is an attractive alternative to cow’s milk because most cats are lactose intolerant, and almond milk is less likely to cause stomach problems.
While many human meals are okay for cats to consume, many should be avoided. The following foods/ingredients are poisonous or dangerous to cats:
Many of us grew up with cartoons or picture books depicting cats drinking milk or cream. Cats and dairy products, however, do not mix. Because most cats are lactose intolerant, cow's milk and dairy products manufactured from it, such as cheese or cream, can irritate their stomachs and cause vomiting and diarrhea.
It is the same with kittens. Cow's milk and by-products should be avoided in the same way. It is recommended to feed kitten-specific milk formulae to kittens who are too young to ingest solid meals and do not have access to their mother's milk. These formulas give critical nutrients for growing kittens while also being soft on their stomachs.
Even though most people enjoy chocolate, it contains two substances that are poisonous to cats: theobromine and caffeine. Several harmful symptoms can be caused by both milk chocolate and dark chocolate, including:
Cats can develop cardiac failure, weakness, or a coma due to excessive theobromine and caffeine intake.
If your cat enjoys hunting, you may believe that feeding them raw eggs, meat, or fish is harmless - after all, what could be more natural than raw? However, deadly E. coli and salmonella germs may be present in these raw meals, causing diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy in cats. It's possible that exposing your cat to certain viruses will be lethal.
What feline doesn't like tuna? Your cat can have this fish as a treat now and then, but you should avoid feeding them a tuna-heavy diet. Tuna is deficient in numerous nutrients that cats require to keep healthy and consuming too much tuna can result in mercury poisoning. Also, as previously said, you should never feed raw tuna to your cat.
Anemia in cats can be caused by onions, garlic, and other allium family members such as chives and leeks. Whether raw, cooked, powdered, or dehydrated, garlic and onions can harm a cat's red blood cells and induce nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Cats should consume at least two meals per day, separated by roughly 12 hours. A breakfast, lunch, afternoon, supper, and shortly before bedtime schedule, on the other hand, is a fantastic option. If you go more than 12 hours without eating, your stomach can become hyper acidic, causing nausea.
The inability of cats' bodies to extract the amount of energy required from regular meals is the cause of their constant hunger. Diabetes in cats is a disease that causes them to break down glucose for energy, increasing hunger.
Cats should only be given "extras" on rare occasions. They should eat high-quality cat food regularly (look for a statement from AAFCO — the Association of American Feed Control Officials — on the label). If you're feeding them human food, talk to your veterinarian about how much and how often you should add to their diet. Overfeeding can result in an overweight cat as well as health issues. Remember that cats are inquisitive creatures who enjoy investigating food left on countertops or in sinks. If your cat is easily able to leap on a table or counter, keep harmful or toxic goods out of reach — behind a closed pantry door or in a high-up cabinet.