Anyone who has a cat knows that they are intelligent and devious little creatures. They are curious animals and always interested in what humans do or eat.
Pets always seem interested in the food that humans eat, but they don’t realize that some of these foods can be bad for them. But some human foods are good for cats!
We all know that cats like to eat dairy products, such as milk and cheese, but other than these foods, you may be reluctant to give your cat other human foods in case it harms him.
Although cats should first eat cat food specifically designed for their health and digestive needs, some human foods can actually be good supplements to your cat’s normal diet.
And if you have a dog, there are human foods that are good for him too!
That’s right, there are human foods you can give your cat! Read on to find out what foods are safe and how your cat’s health can benefit!
Human food #1: Cooked meat
Domestic cats, like their large counterparts (lions, tigers, cheetahs) are primarily meat eaters. Cats are obligatory carnivores, which means they are designed to feed on meat and not vegetables and carbohydrates like their human counterparts.
Meat proteins help cats have a healthy heart and reproductive system, as well as good eyes.
When feeding your cat cooked meat, make sure there are not too many spices and always make sure the meat is well cooked!
Also, never serve boneless meat. Small bones can choke, so be sure to carefully examine and cut all the meat before serving it to your pet.
Human food #2: oatmeal
Oatmeal, is also healthy for cats.
Oatmeal is often found in commercial cat food, but just because they are healthy for cats does not mean they will necessarily love them.
Again, cats should eat meat first, but if they like oatmeal, they can make it a safe addition to their usual diet.
Human food #3: Fish
If you feed your cat with moist food, you probably know that many options are fish-based.
Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre, explains that salmon is present in many commercial cat foods.
The omega-3 fatty acids they contain are good for your cat’s eyes, and fish can also have other health benefits.
However, you should not give your cat raw fish, as this can make him sick.
Also, never feed your cat directly from the can; you’d hate for him to lick too vigorously and cut off his tongue!
Human food #4: Cooked eggs
Cooked eggs are an excellent source of protein for your cat. According to Paw Culture, eggs also contain a lot of vitamin B, which is healthy for felines.
Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, tells Animal Planet that some cats may actually be allergic to eggs, so be sure to give them just a little bit before checking for an allergic reaction.
Like fish and meat, eggs must be cooked well before cats eat them.
Also make sure there are no shell marks in the egg!
Human food #5: fresh vegetables
Like humans, fresh vegetables are excellent for cats. They contain a lot of vitamins and fiber, which can help with general health and digestion.
Many cats don’t like vegetables, but if your cat likes them, don’t hesitate to give them vegetables.
Sometimes cats chew on houseplants, which can be toxic to them. If you notice they are doing it, Dr. Colleran says that small portions of vegetables can be a good option for your cat instead.
Some good vegetable options are steamed asparagus or broccoli, baked carrots, winter squash, green beans or chopped greens – make sure they are always well washed before serving to your cat.
Human Food #6: Cheese
Cheese and other dairy products are high in protein, but dairy products are not as good for cats as meat (although they really like it).
Although many cats love dairy products, they are one of the most controversial foods for cats. Many cats are lactose intolerant and cannot process dairy products properly.
However, some cats can eat dairy products without problems. If your cat agrees, cheese and other dairy products can be a good source of protein.
If you don’t know how your cat reacts to dairy products, try giving it a small amount.
Human food #7: fish oil
For those who prefer not to feed their catfish, a good alternative is to enrich their food with fish oil.
According to veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber, fish oil is good for preventing your cat’s skin from drying out.
Fish oils can also give your cat a healthy, shiny coat, Paw Culture explains.
Human food #8: Fresh fruit
Although many cats don’t like fruit, these are actually healthy for them. If your cats are still chewing on the plants in your home, fruit can be a good option for them.
Paw Culture explains that cantaloupe is particularly good for cats because it is rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene, which can help keep your cat’s skin and eyes healthy.
When giving melon to your cats, be sure to always remove the seeds first and give them only small amounts of fruit. Because cats are carnivorous, their bodies can only process small amounts of fruits and vegetables at a time.
Human food #9: bread
Bread can be a good source of fibre and protein for cats.
However, try to avoid giving them white bread. Instead, feed them whole wheat bread or bread containing whole grains.
Again, bread should not replace your cat’s usual diet, but should be used as a supplement from time to time.
Human Food #10: Canned Baby Foods
Meat-based baby food can be an excellent solution for cats that avoid food or recover from illness.
Pets World explains that baby food can also help cats take their medications.
However, baby food should not be part of your cat’s diet; use them only when necessary.
Be sure to always check for garlic and onion in the ingredients, as both products can be very dangerous for cats.
And as always, consult your veterinarian before changing your pets’ diet and always give them safe food for humans in moderation.