Human food your cat can eat – when you adore your cat, you want to share everything with them, even your lunch! But is that safe for your feline? Some food we eat is okay for your cat to eat. Some foods are only okay after being cooked or prepared in a specific way and some foods are only safe in specific quantities. Here’s a guide to sharing a meal with your feline.
Good for you, good for your cat:
A small slice of your banana is okay to give to your cat as a slice, if your cat likes bananas! They may turn their nose up at your offering, maybe you'll be luckier with another choice.
Salmon is excellent for your cat and they will enjoy it very much. Salmon is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acid making it an ideal cat lunch. It's advisable to cook salmon before serving it to your cat to avoid any dangerous bacteria. But, in the wild cats eat salmon raw, what’s the difference? In the wild, cats eat it immediately and eat it whole. Salmon sold for people undergoes processes such as artificial breeding, canning, pasteurization, packaging and transport – this delay between being caught and being served can turn a natural nutrient food into an unstable one.
Cats can enjoy small slices of watermelon without seeds occasionally. It should always be treated as a special treat and not a regular food or treat for your cat.
Some cheeses are low in lactose making them safe for cats. Cheese is also high in protein so it’s like a power bar for cats. Hard cheeses are low in lactose and are the only cheeses recommended for your cat. The longer a cheese is aged, the less lactose it contains. Gauda and cheddar are good cheeses for cats. Avoid mozzarella, cottage cheese, camembert or Brie, as they are very soft cheeses rich with lactose and can cause complex digestive complications. Always feed as a treat in small quantities.
You can give your cat small amounts of a cooked egg. Eggs have good proteins and amino acids for cats. Eggs give your cat plenty of energy but are not nutritionally complete food for your cat. This means your cat would gain weight eating eggs but would be starving for key nutrients and minerals. Do not feed your cat raw eggs because raw eggs contain the bacteria Salmonella.
Blueberries contain antioxidants which are great for you and your cat. Cats can have a few blueberries (two or three) a day. Some boutique cat food brands contain blueberry powder for the antioxidants and nutrients. If you think your cat doesn't drink enough water on hot summer days, maybe offer her a few fresh or frozen blueberries? Many cats don’t like blueberries, but if your cat does, it’s a beneficial treat you can share with them. It’s also okay if she doesn’t like them because she can survive without it ;-).
Tuna isn't the best fish option for your cat but it can be given occasionally. Tuna should be chunk-light, not white tuna also called albacore. White or albacore tuna has very high levels of mercury. Also, if it’s canned tuna it should be stored in water without salt or oil.
Mayonnaise doesn't have any nutritional value for your cat but your cat can have a little if you want. It does have calories so only your cat minimal quantities and infrequently. If your cat has a sensitive stomach, mayonnaise may upset their tummies. Mayonnaise contains healthy fats which work to reduce cholesterol and enable absorption of minerals and vitamins. Mayonnaise can't be given frequently, but it can be helpful in small doses for a constipated cat.
Cats will enjoy a few licks of plain yogurt which contains good bacteria for their digestive system. Some cats are allergic to yogurt, so if you choose to share yogurt with your cat, only give them a little to see how they react. Letting your cat lick yogurt off your fingers can be a fun treat but yogurt is never a substitute meal or nutritional supplement.
Cats love the smell of bread and sharing a tiny bit with your feline is okay for them. Bread is not toxic for cats, but it has no nutrients, only calories. Because bread only gives cats empty calories, it’s not really recommended for cats.
Chicken or turkey soup is a good option for your cat. They will enjoy it and it will give their body fluids. Do not give your cat soup that contains salt, spices, onions, or garlic. The soup should not be carbohydrate-based and should not contain raw vegetables. Soup is not a substitute for a meal, but should only be given as a treat. A homemade soup made by you for your cats can be a yummy, detoxifying treat rich in important minerals. Make sure to check any ingredients you use in your homemade soup to make sure they are cat safe.
Cooked Vegetables: pumpkin, carrots, peas, broccoli florets, spinach
All the vegetables listed above can be shared with your cat as long as they are cooked and served in minimal amounts. These vegetables are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. Cooked by you, they can be an occasional snack for your cat.
Properly washed lettuce can be an exciting snack for your cat as lettuce has lots of fiber, vitamins A and K, and folate. It is good for cats that do not drink enough water. Lettuce will help keep them hydrated. Too much lettuce can cause diarrhea because of the fiber and water content. Some veterinarians recommend avoiding Iceberg lettuce.
There is nothing harmful to cats in oatmeal, however most cats do not like it. Oatmeal can be given to cats occasionally, as a treat. Oatmeal is a source of vitamin B.
Cooked Meat: chicken, turkey, beef, fish, rabbit
Meat is a cat’s primary source of protein. Meat should be cooked completely so there is no risk of bacteria. Some people give cats carefully frozen fresh raw meat regularly. All experts recommend giving your cat only cooked meat to avoid bacteria. Avoid pre-marinated meats or meats with additives and seasonings as these may be unsafe for your cat.
Small amounts of cooked rice, fresh strawberries, spaghetti in plain tomato sauce, plain boiled or baked potato, and boiled beans can also be given as treats to your cat.
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