MEOW-LICIOUS : Can My Cat Eat Human Food?!
It’s April and its time to ask the deep questions… What people food can I feed my cat Obie? At least that’s what I’m thinking! Obie is obsessed with human food, I was told this is uncommon for cats but if you read most of Coastal Cat Care blogs you know Obie is anything but common as most cats are. As cat owners, we all wonder if there are any human foods that can be safely shared with your feline friend. While commercial cat food is formulated to meet most cat's dietary needs, several people’s foods can make tasty and nutritious treats for your furry companion! Here are a few things you can definitely toss on over to fluffy:
1. Cooked Chicken
Cats are obligatory carnivores, which means they require a diet rich in animal-based protein. Cooked chicken is a good source of lean protein, which is essential for your cat's muscle development and overall health. Just be sure to offer boneless, skinless, and fully cooked chicken, and avoid giving your cat any chicken bones, as they can splinter and cause harm.
Fish, like salmon, can be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for your cat's coat and skin. You can offer your cat cooked or canned salmon as an occasional treat, but make sure it's boneless and free of any seasonings or additives. Keep in mind that fish should not be a staple in your cat's diet, as it can lead to an imbalance in their nutrient intake.
If your cat ever experiences digestive issues, such as constipation, a small amount of canned, unsweetened pumpkin can help. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and can promote healthy digestion in cats. However, it's important to consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your cat's diet, especially if they have any pre-existing health conditions.
These tiny fruits are packed with antioxidants, which can help support your cat's immune system and overall health. You can offer your cat a few blueberries as a tasty and healthy treat. Just remember to wash them thoroughly and remove any stems or leaves before feeding them to your cat.
5. Plain Yogurt
Yogurt can be a good source of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can support your cat's digestive health. However, not all cats can tolerate dairy products, so monitoring your cat for any signs of upset stomach or diarrhea after offering them yogurt is essential. If they show any adverse reactions, discontinue feeding yogurt and consult with your veterinarian.
6. Cooked Carrots
Carrots are a good source of fiber and can be a healthy snack for your cat. However, they should be cooked to make them easier for cats to digest. You can offer your cat small amounts of cooked, mashed carrots as an occasional treat.
Catnip is an herb that can stimulate your cat's senses and provide them with a playful and enjoyable experience. You can offer your cat dried or fresh catnip in small amounts as an occasional treat and observe their reactions to ensure that they tolerate it well. While these human foods can be safe and healthy treats for your cat, it's important to remember that they should not replace their regular balanced, and complete cat food. Commercial cat food is formulated to meet your cat's specific nutritional needs and should be the main component of its diet.
Additionally, portion control is crucial when offering human foods to your cat, as overfeeding can lead to weight gain and other health issues. As a responsible cat owner, it's always best to consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods to your cat's diet. Your veterinarian can provide personalized recommendations based on your cat's individual health needs and ensure that they are getting the best possible nutrition for their well-being.