Cats, unlike dogs, are obligate carnivores; this means they really should have meat in their diet to be their healthiest. If you’re looking for an alternative to cat treats or a simple way of supplementing your cats canned or kibble diet, there are a couple of options.
Healthy & Safe Foods that you Can Feed your Cat
Below is a list of the safe and healthy “human” foods that you can feed your cat.
Carrots – Cats will eat carrots, but it is better if you cook them first. Raw carrots can be harder for them to digest.
Asparagus – There are a lot of good nutrients in asparagus, but be sure to wash it well and steam it before feeding to your cat.
Broccoli – Same as with asparagus, you should wash and steam it before serving this healthy treat to your feline friend.
Green Beans – Wash thoroughly before serving to your cat, their stomachs are much more sensitive than ours.
Winter Squash – A small portion of winter squash can be a healthy treat for your cat.
Fish – Cats love fish, to be on the safe side, serve your cat small portions of cooked fish and stay away from anything too oily. An all-fish diet is incredibly bad for cats.
Eggs – Some vets recommend raw eggs, as cats would consume them that way in the wild. I recommend cooking eggs before feeding them to your cat so you can avoid any salmonella or E. coli getting into your household.
Chicken – As with eggs, I recommend that you cook chicken before feeding it to your cat. It is best to avoid anything too fatty as well.
Beef – Cats love and need protein and beef is a good option to treat your cat. Cook beef before serving it and the leaner the better.
Turkey – Cooked turkey, without the skin is a good treat, full of protein that your cat will love.
Cucumber – Try feeding your cat some raw cucumber, they don’t all love it, but it is a safe and healthy option.
Cantaloupe – Cats aren’t like us, sweet treats don’t mean much to them, but cantaloupe and other melons are safe to feed them in small quantities. Make sure you remove all the seeds before giving your cat this nutritious treat.
Veggie Burger – If you want your cat to eat veggies, but they just don’t seem to like them, try serving them a veggie burger. Don’t serve the whole burger at once, but try a small piece and see if they like it.
Mashed Potato – You don’t want to feed your cat the kind of mashed potatoes that I make, the butter and cream would make their stomachs very upset, but you can cook up some plain potatoes and mash them up as an occasional treat.
Cheese – Dairy can be harsh on a cat’s stomach, but cheese is a treat that cats love. Try feeding them a very small portion and see how they react to it. If they get sick or have diarrhea from it, it’s best to avoid dairy.
Grains – Try feeding your cat small portions of grains like brown rice or couscous, plain of course. This is just a treat as they don’t really need the extra carbs. For skinny cats only!
Oregano– Don’t ask me why, but cats LOVE oregano. Try sprinkling some on their food if they seem to be a little finicky
Remember, everything in moderation, the above items should be considered treats unless you are planning on preparing and balancing every meal your cat eats.
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