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Foods That Your Cat Can Eat

Feb 9th 2015 at 3:29 AM

It can be tough to resist your cats’ big, doleful eyes begging for a bite while you’re eating dinner, and since cats have different dietary needs than humans, it is typically not safe to share with your kitty. But there are some “human” foods that cats can eat, as long as portions are small and well moderated.

Cats are able to get almost all the nutrition and protein they need from meat, so they rarely desire vegetables or other roughage. But if your feline friend really wants a bite, it won’t hurt to share a few cooked veggies with them. Baked carrots, squash, steamed asparagus, broccoli, or even cooked green beans are all okay to give to your cat, as long as the portions are small and the sharing occurs on occasion. Some cats may even chew on plants if they’ve got a hairball that needs help coming up. Along with cooked veggies, cats also typically relish baby food. Allowing your feline friend to lap up some mashed carrots or pureed squash is fine if you permit the treat only sparingly.

Some felines enjoy eating fruit, and it’s safe to allow this indulgence once in a while. Watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupes are all fine for cat consumption in small amounts and with seeds removed. Even bananas can be fed to your feline, but make sure the portions are modest and the occurrence is rare.

Scrambled or hard-boiled eggs also make an acceptable treat to give to your feline, as long as eggs are fully cooked and not raw. Cats are similar to humans in that they are susceptible to food-borne illnesses, and raw eggs can contain dangerous bacteria that can make your cat seriously ill.

Because cats are carnivores, it makes sense that it is all right to give felines some animal meat now and then. Ensuring the meat is fully cooked will help guarantee that it is safe to eat, and keeping the fat content in mind is also recommended for the health of your cat. In small portions, fish is also safe to feed to your feline. Fish can contain magnesium, mercury, and fatty acids that, when ingested too often, can create health problems for your kitty, so make sure to only allow fish on occasion.

When sharing with your feline, remember to share only approved foods, grant these treats only in rare instances, and to keep portions small, and you’ll be able to keep both you and your kitty happy.

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Author Bio

Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate. Read her thoughts at animal care blog.

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