While puppies can make irresistible faces with their puppy eyes, kitties have the ability to make a sad face that’s just downright lethal; it’s only natural that you feel compelled to share the food you’re munching on with your adorable feline pal. Although some foods should never be fed to your cat, we’ve devised a list of feline-friendly “human food” that you can share (sparingly) with your cat.
An excellent source of protein and vitamin B, treat your cat to a proper breakfast by serving it eggs, scrambled or hardboiled — you decide. Do not, however, feed a cat raw eggs due to the risk of food-borne diseases.
Since many cats are lactose intolerant, large portions of cheese can lead to digestive issues. Yet, smaller portions of cheese should be fine for them. If they show interest in this feline-friendly food, we recommend hard cheeses like cheddar, Swiss or Gouda. High in calcium and protein, small amounts of these cheeses can easily be baked into treats or fed raw.
If your cat has not already gone bananas over bananas, it’s time to feed them the actual fruit. Bananas are high in potassium and soluble fibre, but as with other fruits, they should be fed in small portions. Fruits can help with digestive issues but should only be offered occasionally since cats are obligate carnivores; their bodies cannot digest large amounts of plant matter.
Despite being obligate carnivores, cats can sometimes get cravings for greens. Once you notice your cat chomping on your home plants, try feeding it small portions of veggies, like steamed broccoli. This can satisfy their desire and clear up digestive troubles while at the same time decreasing their penchant for munching on (potentially toxic) house plants.
Another green alternative to broccoli is spinach. Packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C and K, iron and calcium, spinach is a great veggie to feed a cat that is craving something green. Spinach also helps in relieving your pet’s tummy troubles. Do not, however, feed your cats spinach if they have a history of urinary or kidney problems, since the calcium oxalates in spinach can form crystals in their urinary tract.
Often found in commercial cat food, human-grade salmon can be a delicious and tasty treats for cats. A good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can help with your cat’s coat and health.
As long as the seeds are removed, cantaloupes, or other melons for that matter, is fine for your cat to ingest in small quantities. High in antioxidants and beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and eye health, cantaloupe is an ideal cat-safe fruit.
Cats love meat. Any type of meat, like chicken and beef, would be right up their alley. A great source of protein, meat is a good choice for your cat as long as it is thoroughly cooked and skinned. Keep your kitty’s best interest in mind and avoid giving fatty portions as kitties do face obesity issues, too. Again, feeding your cat raw meat is never a good choice due to food-borne diseases.
Fish oil can benefit both cats and dogs. With a variety of options available, including salmon and cod liver oil, the omega 3s in fish oil help prevent dry skin and help keep your cat’s coat shiny and healthy.
Another cat-safe human food that’s commonly found in commercials is peas. High in fibre, vitamins C and A, peas can be fed either frozen or raw.
As long as it doesn’t contain anything harmful, most kinds of baby food is a-okay to feed to your cat. Meat-based baby foods are especially helpful if your cat is sick. Do make sure to check the labels on your baby food to ensure there aren’t any onion or garlic powders since both can be extremely harmful to cats.