As a cat parent, you must be fairly acquainted with your feline’s curiosity. Their curiosity is what makes them mosey around you and take a peek at what’s on your plate. You being a good parent, will find it really difficult to ignore your priceless furball’s request. As a result, you do what good parents do; you reach for a morsel of food to treat your cat and look at them adoringly while they happily munch away.
The catch here is, curiosity can kill the cat. Humans and cats are different beings, and by that logic, not everything you eat can agree with your cat’s digestion. Therefore, to avoid accidentally poisoning your cat, you need to be aware of what is good and what isn’t for your cat. Here’s a list of foods you can safely offer your feline companion, but remember to do so in moderation.
Eggs are one of the human foods that are safe for cats. Its rich protein content makes them a nutritious treat. But stray away from feeding it to your cats raw. Like humans, cats too can get salmonella from raw eggs, which is a cause of concern. Serve your cat with a small portion of cooked eggs when you want to treat them.
There is no denying that fruits are delicious; the fact that your cat can’t get enough of it is yet another proof. Fruits prove to be an excellent source of water. But it is advisable to start with a berry or two at a time, and then see how it goes—fruits like apples, bananas, cranberries, and mangoes. However, please stay away from citrus fruits as they can cause gastric distress.
Humans obtain their energy from carbs; cats, on the other hand, utilize protein for energy. Your cat, unlike you, does not rely on veggies for survival. That said, they do sometimes like to munch on them. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, winter squashes can make for healthy treats as they are rich in nutrients and have high water content. Boiled peas will prove to be an excellent source of protein. Since carbohydrates do not prove harmful to cats, vegetables are one of the few human foods that are considered safe for cats.
Cheese is an excellent source of protein, and most cats love it. Besides protein, cheese is a rich source of fats, vitamins, minerals, and even a good dose of calcium. But, as your friend grows, they become lactose intolerant. Their body stops producing the enzyme lactase, which helps in digesting dairy. Since cheese is a dairy product, it is to be fed to your cat in limited quantities only. Additionally, since the cat loves this human food so much and it is safe, some people even add ground medicines to feed their finicky cats.
A huge amount of the feline population likes to feast on whole grains, even oatmeal. Cooked grain can prove nutritious and is easily digestible for them. They can even be found in various quantities in commercial cat food. There’s no reason for you to deny your cat this human food they find so delicious. But always remember, moderation is the key.