It’s very common for all the cat parents to face a situation when they forget to bring a new pack of kitty food, and at mealtime, they realize that no food is left for their cat. Or sometimes, when you are relaxing on the sofa, enjoying a movie along with a delicious snack, and suddenly your feline friend curls up around you and begs for a bite with a sweet meow, it’s very tough to say “No” in this situation).
In both scenarios, pet owners wonder, “is there any human food good for cats?” If you are also looking for such foods, your search is over now. Because in this article, we will briefly discuss all the human foods that are good for cats.
Chicken And Turkey
According to the type of food, animals eat in the wild, the animals are divided into different groups. All feline family members (Cats, lions, tigers, etc.) are classified as obligate carnivores.
That means more than 70% of their diet should consist of meat. As cats in the wild satisfy their appetite by preying on small animals, chicken and turkey meat are the best option to feed your cat.
Chicken and turkey meat is a natural, healthy and prosperous source of protein; especially Cats adore the flavor of the chicken. Chicken is also included in many commercial foods as a protein source.
However, always offer cooked meat and make sure to remove the skin, extra fatty tissue, and bones. Because fat is not suitable for cats, bones can quickly disintegrate and become lodged anywhere in the digestive tract (throat, esophagus, or intestine).
Fish is another natural food option and protein source for the cat. Cats in the wild sometimes also prey on fish. Especially salmon fish is a suitable option to feed your cat.
Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that are good for general health, cardiac health, brain, joints, and eyesight. Like chicken, remember to remove bones and cook the fish before offering it to your feline friend.
Shrimps are another natural source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and phosphorus and are safe for your cat to eat.
You can occasionally offer cooked shrimps to your cat; however, don’t make it a routine.
Carrots are rich in beta carotene, necessary for healthy eyes and fur. Ensure to peel off and cook because raw carrots can cause choking.
Pumpkin is a vegetable that has a lot of benefits for your cat. It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and can heal many abdominal issues. Especially it is very effective to treat constipation and getting rid of hairballs.
You’ve probably seen your cat gnawing on grass, and then you will know that they can eat leafy greens. Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that is immensely rich in vitamins A, K, C, calcium, and iron.
However, it should not be offered to cats with a history of kidney or bladder stones.
Banana is one of the safest snacks for cats; because it is rich in fiber that cats can digest easily. Banana is also high in potassium. However, sugar contents are on the higher side, so it should be offered only in a small amount to avoid obesity.
Berries (like blueberries and strawberries) are also suitable for cats. They are a good source of vitamins A, C, and antioxidants.
Cats can also safely eat some other fruits like melon, cantaloupe, seedless watermelon, and apples.
Before offering these fruits to your cat, always peel off and remove the seeds because seeds are toxic for cats.
Eggs are a good source of B vitamins and protein, and your cat safely enjoys the cooked egg. However, raw eggs should be avoided as they may carry some infections.
Oatmeal is also used in commercial feline feeds. It is a rich source of vitamins, fiber, and iron and has many health benefits for cats.
Whole Grains and Cereals
In unrefined form, whole grains and cereals (Corn, cornmeal, polenta, brown rice, barley, wheat berries, millet, and couscous) are beneficial for cats in small amounts.
Cheese is a good source of protein and energy; however, a tiny piece is enough for your cat. Eating in large amounts can cause stomach upset.
Being an obligate carnivore’s major portion of the cat’s diet must consist of meat. All the items listed above should only be provided occasionally as a treat and only in a small amount.
According to experts, the treats should not be more than 10% of the daily calorie intake of a cat. Introduce any new food item gradually and closely observe how the cat’s body responds. If there are any signs of stomach upset, stop immediately and contact your vet.