Cats be very picky eaters that sometimes, you just find yourself at their appetite’s (or their preference’s) mercy. Count yourself lucky too if you can at least coax them to have a try of their food. But cat parents/owners need not fret. Feeding your kitty can be easy, since there are a lot of foods in your pantry that your cats may actually like. In this article on what human foods can cats eat information has been given on the diet foods which can be given/should not be given to your furry pet.
A board-certified veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Sally Perea, at P&G Pet Care in Ohio, said, ‘The main drivers of palatability for cats are fat content and protein, with moisture and texture being important too.’ This would probably explain why your kitty is constantly purring at you while you are having your dinner. Many cat owners will agree, these creatures do like human food better compared to their own food.
It does sound a bit unusual and even a bit appalling especially to new pet parents, but if you can sense your willpower not to give your kitty a treat dwindling with their soulful stares, here’s the thing: human foods for cats are perfectly okay, as long as you know which ones to give them. Don’t expect the little fur ball to immediately sense what’s good or bad for her, however.
If you find yourself constantly asking what human foods can cats eat, read on. The answer may just surprise you.
Human Food For Cats
Humans are omnivores, which means we like both meat and vegetables. Cats, on the other hand, is an obligate carnivore, which means they must eat meat to survive. It is a biological need. However, according to Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, President of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), it’s okay to feed your cat veggies like chopped greens, winter squash, baked carrots, and steamed broccoli. Dr. Colleran is quick to note, however, that you need to wash the veggies thoroughly to avoid harmful elements.
Kitties love fish, and you can also find it in many commercial cat foods. It also provides much-needed nutrients to keep your cat healthy. If you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks, you can even give your pet a small piece of salmon. ‘A good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can be a delectable and appetizing treat for cats and is often already found in commercial cat food,’ said the medical director at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center, Tina Wismer. But (of course, there’s always a ‘but’) be sure not to give them raw fish. She added that while some cat-friendly human foods can be fed to your cat raw, make sure that you only give her cooked salmon.
As a matter of fact, a lot of books that promote natural cat diets suggest that owners should feed their cats eggs. And vets also agree, cooked eggs such as scrambled or hardboiled are an excellent treat for your cat. However, while some books also vouch for raw eggs due to its supposedly healthier benefits, Dr. Colleran points out that this is too risky. The hazards of coli and Salmonella is too dangerous. The doctor also noted that aside from not wanting your cat to be sick, you do not want those organisms released in the environment. This can happen if, for example, something harmful passes through the cat’s body, but remains in its manure.
Blueberries, cantaloupes, and bananas are absolute favorites. Kitty got a sweet tooth? She will absolutely love the sweet taste of these fruits. Blueberries are a great source of vitamins A and C, bananas contain high levels of potassium and soluble fiber, while cantaloupes are rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene. Be careful to serve them in small portions, however, as obesity in the pet world does No more than 25 berries, and bananas should not take up more than 10 percent of your cat’s calorie intake per day.
This is for obvious reasons. Cats love meat, but don’t give too much of a good thing. Poultry is still the best choice, but other meats are okay too. However, make sure they do not contain bones, which are especially harmful if choked on. No fat trimmings too, as this can cause intestinal upsets that could lead to diarrhea or vomiting.
Now that you know the answer to what human foods cats can eat, another question begs to be answered as well, ‘What human foods can’t cats eat?’ Here are some answers to that which you need to know to ensure that you avoid giving your cat these NO foods:
Apparently not all fruits are safe. Avocado may taste good, but it contains persin, which is very toxic to cats and dogs alike. Your cat may suffer from gastrointestinal problems, respiratory issues; they may even have fluid buildup around their hearts, leading to death.
If this can kill humans, then what about cats? Alcohol of any form will do your cat no good. In fact, two teaspoons of whiskey is enough to induce coma in a five-pound cat, a teaspoon more and you can bid farewell to your beloved pet. Yes, it’s that serious.
This may be a treat for you, but not for your cat. Chocolates contain a toxic agent called theobromine, which causes abnormal heart rates, tremors, seizures, and even death to cats and dogs. You’d be better off eating it yourself than giving it to your pet.
4. Onion and Chives
‘It doesn’t matter if the onion is cooked, raw or powdered. Cats do not metabolize these compounds’ said Dr. Perea. They break down a feline’s red blood cells, causing anemia.
No matter how good they taste to you, they are poisonous to your cats. Just a handful of it can cause sudden kidney failure. Grapes aren’t any better too, so watch out for any signs if your cat accidentally ingests them. Signs include lethargy, lack of appetite, weakness, diarrhea, and decreased urinations. See your vet immediately if you notice these symptoms.
6. Caffeinated drinks
That includes coffee, tea, and soda. According to Dr. Perea, too much caffeine ingestion may lead to agitation or increased heart rates in cats. While it boosts your productivity at work, it could lead to death for your cat.