Looking for a healthy snack for your cat? Do want to share some of your food with your little furry friend but you don’t know if it’s safe for him? In this post, we’ll provide the top 10 ideas of people that can be consumed by your cat.
Eggs make up a good source of protein, nutrients such as vitamins A, B, D, and E, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids. Cats as obligate carnivores eat a diet of mostly animal protein. Even though eggs aren’t recommended as the sole dietary source of protein for your cat, you can use them as a protein supplement in the rest of their diet. Eggs will also help to keep your cat\’s skin and fur healthy.
However you have to cook the eggs for your cat, as feeding raw eggs increases the risk of getting infected with a bacteria called salmonella, for both cats and their parents.
Chicken is another ingredient often found in commercial cat foods. It’s a perfect source of lean protein, as long as it is cooked thoroughly and the skin, which can be fatty, is removed before feeding. Chicken in small amounts is fine, but shouldn’t be used as a steady meal replacement.
Salmon is a fish that contains plenty of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and nutrients that are good for cats. However, it should not be the main portion, but it needs to be part of a balanced diet.
The amount of protein that turkey provides satisfies the bulk of a cat’s nutritional needs. Turkey also includes taurine, which is an essential amino acid for cats and helps with the animal’s vision, digestion, and immune system. As with the previous, always serve cooked turkey and keep bones away from the feline because these can become choking hazards.
Spinach is actually one of the vegetables that can provide essential nutrients for your cat. It is high in vitamins, although it should not be given to cats with kidney or urinary problems. Also, spinach can promote good digestive health, especially for kitties who suffer from constipation.
Bananas are considered to be safe for cats. Although they should only be a special treat due to their high sugar content.
Oats have lots of fiber, iron, and even protein. All of these are beneficial to your cat’s overall health. You can also use them topically for skin problems.
Pumpkin is not only safe for your cat but healthy as well. Pumpkins are low in calories and high in fiber and you can use them as a treatment for cats who suffer from abnormal stools. If your cat doesn’t seem to enjoy pumpkins, you could use a cat food supplement instead.
Cheese is a feline-friendly food high in calcium and protein. If your cat seems to enjoy it, you could feed him a hard cheese, like cheddar, Swiss, or Gouda. It can be easily baked into treats or fed to your cat raw in small amounts.
Blueberries are a good source of vitamins A and C. They can be found in some cat foods and some felines may even enjoy a snack on frozen blueberries. Even though they are healthy for your cat you should be careful with the amount they consume.
Now that you know what human foods your feline friend can eat, you can start getting creative by making your kitty delicious DIY cat treats. All these suggestions should be given as occasional treats as part of a balanced diet. On any occasion, every cat parent should ask his vet about the best food for his cat and also what he should avoid.
Always remember that every cat is unique and what is good for one feline could be harmful to another.
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