Although cats seem to be a bit more picky when it comes to human food, I think all cat parents can think of time they were preparing salmon for dinner or enjoying some ice cream, and somehow your feline friend ends up around your eat or on your lap. Is it safe to give them a little human food snack? Let’s take a look!
Fruits & Veggies
Can my cat eat bananas?
Yes, they certainly can, if they enjoy them! They are a healthy snack that is high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, and fiber. They are, however, a bit high in sugar, so we suggest you use the sweet treats in moderation.
Can my cat eat blueberries?
Yes, your cat can eat blueberries! Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants, and provide a large amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Pro-tip: freeze them for a cold snack!
Can my cat eat pumpkin?
They sure can eat pumpkin! High in fiber and vitamins, it is a great food to incorporate into their diet, especially if they have inconsistent or abnormal stools.
Can my cat eat oatmeal?
Oatmeal for cats is a yes! Oatmeal is a great source of energy and B vitamins, and can even be found in many commercial cat kibbles.
Can my cat eat grapes?
This is a big no! Grapes, including raisins are very toxic to your cat, and high amounts can even lead to rapid kidney failure and death. Even small amounts can make your cat sick, so make sure to keep safe and away from countertops, tables, etc. where your cat can jump up and snack!
Can my cat eat onions or garlic?
Cats cannot eat onions or garlic! Onions and garlic contain compounds that are toxic to your cat. They can damage your pup’s red blood cells, and reduce their ability to carry oxygen. Make sure to look out for garlic and onion powders in other foods, as well!
Can my cat eat salmon?
Yes they sure can! Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Make sure the salmon is roasted or grilled, and not canned, cured, and smoked, as the former contains high amounts of salt, which is dangerous for your cat. We also do not suggest raw salmon or any fish, to avoid food poisonings like salmonella. Please treat in only moderation, however, as they can become addicted to it, and refuse their normal cat food!
Can my cat eat sardines?
They sure can! They are a great source of protein, B12, and omega 3 fatty acids. However, opt for the sardines in water, without the oils, salts, or other seasonings that can be toxic for your cat.
Can my cat eat tuna?
Yes, tuna is a great source of proteins, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins! However, make sure the tuna is always cooked, that it was stored in water and not oil, and it is in small amounts. We also advise against giving kittens tuna, as they pose a higher risk of intestinal disease and mercury poisoning.
Can my cat eat eggs?
They surely can - they are actually very healthy for your kitty, because they are easily digestible, high in protein and essential fatty acids. We do recommend that they are cooked before feeding, as there is always a risk of salmonella.
Can my cat eat chicken?
This is a yes! Chicken is a great source of digestible protein for your cat, but make sure to remove the skin, as it is high in fat, and avoid raw chicken, as there is always a risk of salmonella. Be sure to remove all bones from chicken before feeding as well, as they are dangerous to eat and digest.
Can my cat eat cheese?
Although cheese and other dairy products are not toxic or necessarily dangerous to your cat, we do not recommend giving it often. Most cats are lactose intolerant, as the only milk they have had was from their mother at a very young age. Their bodies aren’t quite equipped to handle large amounts of dairy, and can cause stomach upset.