Not only can “human food” be perfectly safe for cats, but some of your groceries could actually be good for them. Discover some harmless staples you can share with your favorite feline:
Did you know that cats can eat eggs? They’re an excellent source of protein and contain healthy fats that support your cat’s skin health, mood, and more. Scramble up some eggs and share a bite with your cat or add a handful of hardboiled eggs to her food dish to add eggs to your cat’s diet. Some pet parents even add a raw egg to their kitty’s food dish but keep in mind that uncooked eggs can carry pathogens and exercise caution before choosing to feed eggs to your cat in this way. Just make sure you avoid giving your cat eggs that have been seasoned or have added oil or butter since these things can be harmful to your cat.
Although they are a good source of protein, they should never be the primary source of protein in your cat’s diet. Eggs should be given in moderation, as they can be high in cholesterol, which can cause feline obesity and other health problems. Most cats shouldn’t be eating more than one egg per day.
It would be best if you never gave your cat a raw egg, as there is a risk of salmonella infection.
Cooked potatoes and sweet potatoes are food that your cat can eat. Many commercial foods contain potatoes on their ingredients list.
Although you should never feed raw potatoes to your cat, as they contain solanine, which can cause problems for your furry friend, this compound also is found in non-ripped tomatoes and eggplant. Also, discard the potatoes with green skin, as they are high in solanine, and not even boiling the potato will kill it. You should avoid giving cats those too.
Sweet potatoes are pretty popular among cats, as they have vitamins, and cats like the sweet flavor.
It is not very healthy to feed too many potatoes to your cat. These are rich carbohydrates, which could contribute to gaining weight.
Green beans are a healthy alternative to many treats. They are full of vitamins and minerals, which include iron, calcium, vitamin B6, C, K, and A. Green beans are rich in fiber too, which is suitable for your cat’s bowel movements.
Your furry friend will get all those vitamins and minerals daily from its cat food, so owners should only give green beans a healthy treat. Healthy snacks or treats shouldn’t exceed 10% of the food your kitty is eating daily.
Be aware and do not feed the following to your cat:
Frozen beans with spices
Canned beans, as they normally have oils, salt and spices that are no good for your cat
Green beans cooked with oils and/or spices
Green beans cooked with other vegetables, such as garlic and onions, which are harmful
Large whole green beans can be a choking hazard, so try to cut them into smaller chunks.
You can share a salad with your cat! Leafy greens like spinach are safe to feed your cat in moderation. Too much spinach will likely upset your feline friend’s diet, but adding a little bit to her food dish is a great way to add nutrient value and make sure your kitty is eating her veggies every day! Bake spinach into treats for your cat or dice some to add to her food bowl. And, if you are planning to share spinach directly from your salad with your cat, make sure you reach for a piece that doesn’t have any dressing or toppings on it.
Some of the benefits of the spinach are:
Spinach boost the immune system due to its high content in fibre
Spinach is full of antioxidants, and it’s known to prevent cancer, and also is good for the heart, as it has a lot of iron and potassium
Also is full of vitamins A, B, C, K, as well as calcium, which is good for reinforcing the bones and cartilages
Carrots are one of those foods beneficial to your cat and safe for them. They are low in calories, so they work well as alternative treats. They are crunchy, sweet, delicious, and full of vitamins and nutrients.
There’s a reason you’re told to eat carrots as a little kid, and it’s because they are packed with phytonutrients that support overall health, eyesight, and more. The good news for your feline friend is that carrots are totally safe for cats to eat and make for a nutritious, crunchy snack to chomp on. Make sure you chop carrots up into small, bite-sized pieces for your cat so she can chew and digest them better and make sure they don’t cause her digestive discomfort before you pile them on top of her cat dish.
Carrots have a lot of fibre, which is good for the digestive system of your cat.
They are loaded with vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, and vitamin K which is good for blood clotting.
They are full of magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, which is required for energy production, amongst others.
Carrots are a very good source of vitamin A and lutein, which is very good news for the eyesight
Chicken and turkey
Cooked chicken and turkey make an excellent meal replacement if you are out of cat food. Also, it’s a perfect complement to your cat’s food if the cat needs more protein.
Some of the benefits of chicken and the turkey include:
They are a great source of protein
They provide essential amino acids that maintain and support healthy muscles
Chicken and turkey are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, which help with the absorption of vitamins and nutrients. Also helps to regulate your pet’s energy
It promotes healthy growth and development of your cat’s skin and coat.
Chicken and turkey are rich in glucosamine, which can help prevent arthritis by strengthening bones and cartilages. This is particularly good, as arthritis is a very common and undiagnosed problem in senior cats.
The next time you’re eating breakfast, keep this in mind: you can share oatmeal with your cat. This is one grain that is generally considered safe for your cat and contains a variety of nutrients that benefit your cat. Oatmeal is filled with fiber that helps with digestion and this breakfast staple helps keep your kitty regular and having healthy bowel movements. Oatmeal is also incredibly filling, so it’s a food that’s perfect for your cat to snack on if you’re helping her watch her feline figure.
It also has some favorable properties, beneficial for your kitty’s health:
Oats are rich in vitamin B and omega 6 fatty acid, which promotes skin health.
Oats are also high in fibre, (4 grams of fibre for every 240 grams of oats) which helps with your cat’s digestion and digestive system.
Oats are a good source of beta-glucan, a type of fibre that has been associated with improved heart health. Studies have shown that oats improve cholesterol levels