Feeding your cat can be challenging, especially because she always seems to be hungry. She may have just devoured a full bowl of her favorite kibble, yet she still jumps onto your lap the second she spots you getting ready to eat.
So, the real question is if cats can eat the same food humans do? Are there some ingredients that are off-limits and that you should never share with your pet? More importantly, which human food gets a green light and is actually good for your feline?
Let’s find out!
This one comes as no surprise, as cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they need meat-based protein in order to grow and survive.
Still, pay attention to the kind of meat you’re sharing with your cat. First of all, avoid giving your furry monster any meat that has been seasoned, particularly with onion or garlic. Those two are highly toxic to felines.
Also, stay away from highly processed meat such as sausages, since they’re packed with unhealthy fat, preservatives, and overpowering spices. Always opt for freshly cooked, plain meat that isn’t overpowering and doesn’t contain additional ingredients that could harm your pet.
Even though fish isn’t a natural part of your cat’s diet, it’s actually a good occasional option. It’s also a rich source of protein and omega-3 acids, which are vital for felines’ overall health.
Just like with every other ingredient, you have to make sure to cook it properly, without any spices that could harm your feline. Also, make sure to remove any bones to prevent the risk of choking.
As long as your cat has no fish allergies and you stay away from raw fish (since it can contain bacteria and other parasites), everything should be fine. An appropriate portion of tilapia or salmon won’t harm your kitto!
Even though cats are carnivores, spinach seems to be a great option for them. That’s why many cat-food manufacturers use it in their products as a beneficial addition to other ingredients.
Spinach is packed with vitamins and fiber, has a decent amount of omega-3, and guess what? It’s also low in calories. So, not only it’s good for you but you can also freely share it with your lap monster without any adverse consequences.
One caveat, though. If your feline is currently suffering from urinary or kidney issues, then wait for her to get better first before offering her spinach. By doing so, you’ll avoid any unnecessary complications caused by the calcium olaxate found in spinach.
But if you have a healthy cat, then there should be no risks. You already know the drill – keep it fresh and make sure it’s not seasoned. Then you’re all good to go.
You’re happily eating your scrambled eggs when your kitty decides to pay a visit to the kitchen. She smells something delicious, and instantly, her eyes wander to your plate.
“What’s my human eating? I need to taste it!”
In the blink of the eye, she’s already on the top of your table, eating eggs from your plate. You’ve successfully stolen the food away from her, but now you’re worried if you should call the vet right away.
First of all, the chances are that she simply licked the eggs or took a bite which isn’t going to harm her. Second of all, eggs are something your cat can eat, as long as you follow the following rules.
- Cook them properly, as raw eggs can contain bacteria such as salmonella.
- Don’t add any salt, pepper, or other seasonings.
- Don’t make them a regular part of your cat’s diet since eggs are quite fatty.
Pumpkin is rich in fiber and a great option for your feline (as long as you know how to prepare it properly). It’s particularly good if your cat is suffering from obesity and you’re trying to control her portions. Since it’s so hearty, by mixing it with cat food, your kitty will feel fuller much faster.
Just make sure not to add any spices while cooking the pumpkin. We know how well cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg go with it, but it’s best to keep that for yourself. Your cat will be happier and healthier with the plain option.
Also, if you choose to feed your pet canned pumpkin, check the label to ensure there are no added sugars or spices.
Your cat isn’t a rabbit, but she definitely can munch on carrots. This veggie is packed with vitamins and minerals and even though it lacks protein, it’s a great addition to your kitty’s diet.
Just as with any other ingredient we’ve mentioned, there are some rules you should follow to make sure your cat gets what’s best for her.
First of all, be sure to wash and peel the carrots to get them ready for cooking. Second of all, always cook the carrots so they’re soft and easy to chew on. Raw carrots are a choking hazard and you should keep them away from your pet.
Finally, keep them plain, without any spices or seasonings. That’s the best option for your cat.
In the human world, blueberries are a superfood and we use every opportunity to eat them since they’re filled with antioxidants. In the feline world, they’re not as important, but they’re still a great source of fiber and vitamins (in addition to antioxidants).
So, it’s safe to say that cats can eat them, without any negative repercussions. Simply wash them thoroughly to ensure there are no pesticides or dirt on them. After that, you can simply cut them and give them on their own or place them on top of your cat’s wet food.
Frozen blueberries can also be a great way to cool and hydrate your cat when the summer heat knocks on your door. Before you freeze them, maybe cut them in two just so you’re sure your cat won’t choke on them. Other than that, there shouldn’t be any issues.
Now you have a list of human foods you can share with your cat! Have fun watching her pretty little face as she happily munches on them.
Guest post by Aria Archer from Cats Chef