According to cartoon shows growing up, milk and raw fish seemed to be the best foods to feed your cat. But did you know most cats are lactose intolerant? We found which human foods are safe and nutritious for your favorite feline friend.
Fish is prominent in commercial cat food, but you need to beware not to give your cat too much and make sure it is cooked properly. Cats love salmon and tuna, which provide vitamins and fatty acids. However, too much fish can be bad for your cat, especially if it is raw. But don't be afraid to spoil your cat with some fresh fish, as long as it is in moderation.
Eggs are a great source of protein for cats and humans alike. Give your cat boiled or scrambled eggs for a protein boost they will love. You can add it to their normal food or give it to them separately as a snack.
Spinach is a nice treat your cat can enjoy, packed with vitamins A, C, K, iron, and calcium. However, if your cat has a history of bladder stones, it is not recommended to give them spinach. Another nutrient rich cat-friendly vegetable is peas. Peas are also packed with vitamins and can be given to your cat either frozen, raw, or cooked. Broccoli is another vegetable that goes great into your cats diet combined with meat, resulting in a balance of vitamins and protein.
Cooked meat is the best thing you can give your cat. Just make sure you don't give them too much as it can upset their stomach. Cats cannot live a vegetarian lifestyle so make sure you are giving them enough meat so they can thrive. Cats differ to dogs in that they can't eat as large of a variety of human foods as dogs can, and rely more on meat.
Cantaloupe is high in beta-carotene and antioxidants and is a great choice for your cat. Feeding this melon to your feline will promote healthy skin and eye health and give them a refreshing boost during those warm summer days. Bananas are also a great snack for your cat, as it is high in potassium and soluble fiber. Apples are another source of good fiber, but make sure to give them to your cat in small portions without the skin.
If your cat shows interest in cheese, you can feed them small amounts of hard kinds like cheddar, gouda, or swiss. Most cats become lactose intolerant as they get older so dairy products won't be suitable for all cats. Cheese is high in calcium and protein making it okay in small amounts but try some of the treats listed above before defaulting to cheese.
Cats are very sensitive, so human food should only take up 10% of their daily calorie intake. Always test out a small bite of food first and see how your cat reacts to it and don't forget their daily Flea Away tablet to keep fleas and ticks at bay.