Are you wondering what human foods you can feed your cat? Many human foods are perfectly safe to consume as long as they are part of a well-balanced diet. Your cat’s diet should be similar to what they would eat in the wild; most commercial foods will provide everything they require. If you want to give them a treat now and then, you can give them small amounts of human food. Make sure your cat isn’t allergic to human food before giving it to them, and only give them small amounts of it.
Consult your veterinarian to determine which foods are best for your cat’s specific needs. Here are five food items that are beneficial to cats:
Fatty fish and fish treats
Cats adore fish, as most cat owners are aware. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids and is beneficial to your cat’s skin and coat. You can give your cat fish as a treat on occasion, but don’t overfeed them as this can lead to problems. Eating too much fish can deplete a cat’s vitamin E levels, and certain types of fish, such as tuna and salmon, can contain higher levels of mercury, which can cause health problems.
Natural fatty acids in supplements made from wild-caught fish help support skin and coat health.
Blueberries, is a good source of vitamins A and C, can be found in some cat foods, such as salmon grain-free dry cat food, and some felines may enjoy snacking on frozen blueberries. As previously stated, you should limit the number of treats you give your cat each day, even if they are healthy.
Limit treats to 20 calories per day, which would be two teaspoons of cooked salmon or chicken or 25 blueberries, but not all of those berries. To get to that number, mix and match human food treats and cat treats.
If your cat appears to be gaining weight as a result of her human food treats, you should reduce the amount of treats you’re giving her.
Who says vegetables are excluded from a cat’s diet?
Many cats dislike vegetables, which is understandable given that they are carnivores. That doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from a serving of healthy vegetables now and then.
Spinach can be a healthy, cat-friendly treat because it is high in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, and K, iron, and calcium. If your cat has a history of calcium oxalate bladder stones, however, you should avoid giving them spinach.
Because of its numerous health benefits, spinach is also used in a variety of cat foods.
Because cats are obligate carnivores and must eat mostly meat (unlike dogs, who are omnivores and can eat a variety of foods), their bodies can’t digest fibrous foods as easily as dogs and they don’t always like the variety of people foods that dogs do. However, any type of meat, such as chicken, is ideal for them.
Chicken is a good source of lean protein and can be a good choice for your cat if it is thoroughly cooked and the skin, which can be fatty, is removed before feeding it to your cat. Chicken is another ingredient often found in high-quality cat treats online.
Eggs are another good source of protein for cats, but make sure to cook them first. Boiled or scrambled eggs can be great, avoid feeding your cat raw eggs as it may cause salmonella (food poisoning). Eggs are another high-protein source that many cats enjoy. If you do decide to cook them, avoid using oil and butter (some cats are dairy intolerant).
Eggs can also be found in a variety of cat foods, including egg grain-free canned cat food.
What Other Food Items Can Your Cat Eat?
Proteins that your cat will enjoy:
- (The best!) Skinless Chicken
- Lean beef
- Lean Deli Meats
Snack vegetables for your cat include:
- Cucumber (cooked or steamed)
- Beans (Green)
**Do not feed spinach to your cat if it has had urinary or kidney problems, as spinach can cause crystals to form in the urinary tract.
Grains that your cat can nibble on:
- Cooked corn/polenta/couscous/millet (Many cats like the tiny texture of these grains)
- Oatmeal (Plain oats have a high protein content!)
- Sweet Potato Mashed
Dairy products that your cat can try:
- Cheddar Cheeses (Cheddar, Gouda, etc.)
- Low Lactose Cheeses (Cottage Cheese)
- Greek yogurt (Plain, Low-Fat)
**Cats may become lactose intolerant as they age, so only give your cat small amounts of dairy foods.
Note: Cats are carnivores, which means they must consume meat to survive. Meat is an excellent protein source for your cat. However, too much fat can give your cat a stomachache, so make sure to trim off any excess fatty portions ahead of time and thoroughly cook all meat before feeding it to your cat.
When you introduce new foods to your cat, you should expect some gastrointestinal upset. If it’s a new food for them, their bodies may not be used to digesting it, and they may be picky about what they eat. Allow them to try different things to see what they like, and make sure to keep everything in moderation. And make sure your kitty gets enough nutrition every day by feeding them cat food in addition to any human food snacks.