Do you want to enrich or complement your cat’s usual food and do not know how? Here you will find the different foods cats can eat without putting your health at risk. And, not only is it that they are not harmful, but they also provide very beneficial properties to your feline’s diet.
If your cat eats feed or wet food and you want to include it in his menu or give him from time to time homemade food, now you can do it with complete peace of mind. Surely more than once you have wanted to give your kitten a portion of your food but you did not know if it would be good for him. Or, even, you have wanted to prepare a delicious special dish cooked exclusively for him, to pamper him and surprise him with a different menu.
Meat, fruits, vegetables, legumes, milk … Which yes and which no? Each feline will have different tastes and preferences but not all foods are allowed for them. Therefore, we have compiled the best cat foods so you can include them in your diet without fear that they will harm you.
What can cats eat other than their food?
As you know, cats are carnivores and their diet should be meat-based, accompanied by small portions of other foods. In this way they obtain the adequate amount of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals they need, as well as taurine. This means that you can offer them practically all kinds of meats to complement their diet, including organs such as the liver.
Meat and fish for cats
The best meats that you can offer your feline are chicken, beef and turkey. A chicken breast or a beef burger are ideal for your diet. Other options are pork and rabbit. It is better to avoid fatty parts such as turkey or chicken skin, although you can offer them to malnourished cats that need to gain weight.
As for the fish that cats can eat, the most suitable are: white fish as hake, or blue like salmon, tuna and trout.
The sausages such as ham, chorizo or fuet are not suitable for cats as they have a lot of salt and fat. You can offer from time to time cooked ham or turkey breast, but as an occasional treat and not as part of his diet.
Both meat and fish should be cooked before feeding. You should never offer them raw since they can bring parasites. You can boil them or make them baked or grilled. In addition, they must always cleanse oneself of bones and thorns, which can cause wounds, ulcers, obstructions and choking.
Fruits and Vegetables Cats Can Eat
There are plenty of good fruits and vegetables for cats. These provide vitamins and fiber they need in their diet. However, not all are and it is important to know which ones you can eat and which ones are dangerous to your health.
Fruits for cats:
Cats do not need to eat fruit and, in addition, it has a high sugar content so its consumption should be reduced.
Vegetables for cats:
- Green peas
However, there are some parts of fruits and vegetables that are dangerous and even toxic for cats, you have to be very careful. For example, the seeds of cantaloupe or apples can cause clogs. Also some leaves and stems are harmful, such as tomato or potato.
Other foods cats can eat
Some of these foods can be given occasionally as a treat and in small amounts, but they should not be part of your regular diet.
- Potato, always cooked
- Natural yogurt, without sugar or flavors
- Cooked egg, never raw
Now you know what cats can eat but … What foods are bad for them? Garlic, onion, grapes, oranges, walnuts and chocolate are some of the foods that we should never give our cat. We must also avoid cereals, which make digestion difficult, pastries and sugars. Take a look at the forbidden cat foods post.
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