Cats, like the rest of us, deserve to indulge a little bit. Treats and “people” food can be the perfect way to enjoy a snack with your cat and to tantalize her taste buds. But, be careful that your cat doesn’t become so addicted to her snacks that she starts to gain weight.
However, before you start offering your cat the same foods you eat, make sure you know which “people” foods are safe and which should be avoided. The good news is the “allowed to eat” list is far longer than the “do not feed” list. Let’s start by looking at some safe and delicious people foods your cat can snack on.
Safe Snacks for Cats
Cheese provides a healthy, filling snack for your cat. Start by giving your cat a very small amount of cheese to see how well she tolerates it. Many adult cats become lactose intolerant, which means cheese could result in diarrhea However, some cats can eat cheese with no problem.
Maybe you are making scrambled or hardboiled eggs for breakfast. Make an extra one for your cat. Eggs make a safe and nutritious treat as long as they are cooked. Never feed your cat uncooked, raw eggs. Doing so will expose your cat to e. coli and salmonella, both of which can be life-threatening.
Most cats enjoy cooked fish as a snack or even for a meal. Opt for the healthier options, such as cod, flounder, and halibut. Some fish – salmon and tuna, for example – contain high levels of mercury, which could be dangerous to your cat.
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are just as good for your cat as they are for you. Some, however, should never be given to your cat, which we discuss in the next section. Those fruits and vegetables that are safe for cats include:
- Asparagus (steamed)
- Baked carrots
- Green beans
Even if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, cats require meat to live. Cats are carnivores. As a result, they need and crave meat and it is perfectly safe for them. Cooked chicken is one of the most popular meats for many cats.
Snacks to Avoid
Just like you may not be able to eat some types of foods, your cat also has dietary restrictions. Some foods are just not safe or healthy for a cat. Those foods include:
- Treats high in sugar
If you’re kicking back with a drink, be sure your cat never gets a sip of alcohol or drinks that contain caffeine.
Next time your cat cuddles up to you on the sofa, prop up your feet and share your cat-friendly snack with your best friend.