Have you ever wanted to give your cat some table scraps but are never sure what is ok for them to eat? Here is an excellent list of the different types of food that your cat can safely eat.
The best way to see what foods your cat prefers is only to try one item at a time. This way you can make sure that they do not have any allergies to the food and it makes it easier to see if it upsets their stomach - so watch out for vomiting and diarrhea.
Cats need to have protein from meat to keep their heart healthy, have a robust reproductive system and to have good vision. (Never feed your cat raw or spoiled meat because it can make your cat sick.)
Also, make sure the meat is low in fat, so it doesn't upset the stomach.
- Cooked beef
- Skinless Chicken
- Cooked Eggs
- A small amount of lean deli meats.
Only give in moderation, and make sure to cook the food before giving it to your cat.
- Plain oatmeal
- Mashed sweet potatoes
Fruits and Veggies
Cats don't require fruits and veggies, but they are an excellent source of vitamins, fiber, and water that help your cat with digestion. Cats often like the fruit for the texture and water content and not the “sweetness” of the fruit. In recent studies, they found cats, and other carnivores cannot taste anything sweet.
Only give in moderation.
- Cooked or steamed
- Green Beans
- Bananas (Can be frozen for a great summer treat!)
- Blueberries (raw or frozen will help your cat fight cancer)
- Peeled Apples
- Honeydew/watermelon/cantaloupe (NO SEEDS)
Small amounts of dairy are beneficial for your cat as it will provide them with added calcium and protein. No matter the age of your cat make sure to skip the saucer of milk!
Only give in moderation, especially older cats because they can become lactose intolerant as they age!
- Hard Cheese
- Low Lactose Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Plain or low-fat yogurt
The omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins in fish promote heart, skin and brain health for your furry friend.
Again only give small quantities as not to upset their stomach and lower your cat's risk of Mercury toxicity. Also, be sure and don't feed your cat raw fish-- especially sushi.
- Yummy cooked fish, your cat, will love!
- Canned fish
- Fish oil (small amounts only to help your cats dry skin.)
We hope this list helps next time you're thinking of sharing some scrapes with your kitty! You want to make sure your kitty eats the best for its health and vitality!
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