Have you ever been tempted to give your cat leftovers straight from your plate ? We understand what it’s like, you want to reward this little one for being a good boy/girl, but you are never sure if it is safe to give him/her something like a tiny piece of fruit or any other kind of so called “human food.”
Well when it comes down to human food that cats can eat, you need to be careful. Cat’s bodies do not work the same as ours and some food could be toxic for them. The good thing is that the list of dangerous food is actually pretty small. A good rule to keep in mind is to feed your cat only up to 15% of human foods.
Here is a list of common, safe, and toxic foods that will give you the basic knowledge of which types of human food that cats can eat. Just know that the foods below should never be fed as a regular diet for your cat!
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In order to reduce food-borne illnesses, always cook eggs, veggies, meat, and fish.
Can cats eat fruits ? YES but…
Certain fruits are totally fine, but be careful, fruits with seeds (apples, apricots, pears, grapes, cherry) can be extremely dangerous for your cat. The seeds contain a harmful substance: cyanogenic glycoside. If you are not sure, just don’t feed your cat with it or ask your vet beforehand. To help you out, here are 2 healthy selected fruits : cantaloupe (antioxidants and beta-carotene / healthy skin and eye health), and blueberries (source of vitamins A and C).
Can cats eat banana ? YES
Yes! Bananas make up for a great snack for your cat. They are a great source of potassium and soluble fiber. It’s a good and healthy little snack for fluffy as long as you do not overfeed him with it!
Can cats eat apple ? YES but…
Yes, it is a great source of fiber and vitamin C but it is important to take off the skin and the seeds. As mentioned earlier, seeds are toxic for Mister Fluff.
Can cats eat grapes ? NO
It’s actually a big no no! Didn’t you read what we just said? No seeds! 🙂 They contain a harmful substance for your cat. It’s better not to take the risk and avoid poisoning your cat, don’t you think?
Can cats eat vegetables ? YES, but…
Yes, but only little amounts. Also, it’s important to cook them. We recommend avoiding uncooked veggies that your cat could potentially have a hard time to digest. Recommended are asparagus and zucchinis as they help them digest. Other good vegetables for your cats are: baked carrots, steamed asparagus or broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or chopped greens.
Can cats eat onions or garlic ? NO
Those two contain sulfur compounds that are harmful for fluffy kitty: your cat could throw up, have anemia and tachycardia. Better avoid it! A good rule of thumb is to never feed Kitty with anything that contains onions or garlic even if a little amount won’t kill him, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Can cats eat avocados ? NO
It contains a toxin called Persin which is dangerous for your furry friend. According to the ASPCA, avocado is mostly dangerous for cattle, horses, goats and birds. However, even if it is not clearly established if it is highly dangerous for cats, we recommend not to take the risk and choose another veggie.
Can cats eat corn ? YES, but…
This one is debatable. It’s not gonna harm your cat but we found nothing that tells it is beneficial for your cat in any ways. Many cat owners have cats that eat corn and are just fine. So a little bit of it, why not, but we don’t think it’s the best!
Can cats eat meat ? YES
Not only they can, but they should. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they cannot survive without meat. It’s one of the safest “human” foods a cat can have! Best is poultry (we recommend chicken for its lean protein), but you can feed him turkey or any other kind of meat. Just make sure the chicken, steak, or whatnot, has not been salted as cats should not consume salt or any other spices.
Can cats eat fish? YES, but…
Cats love fish so you wont have to force them to eat it. However, it’s important to carefully choose what type of fish you feed him: it’s better to choose a “fat” type of fish like tuna, salmon, or mackerel because it contains a fatty acid that your cat cannot produce by himself (fish oil / omega 3). Too much fish is a bad thing for your cat and would cause some trouble if you don’t be careful. They can eat raw fish but it’s always better to cook it! We recommend salmon for its omega 3. Be careful with canned tuna: they often contain too much salt and it will damage your cat’s kidneys in the long run.
Can cats eat eggs? YES
It’s a recommended treat. It provides a great amount of proteins. Many books recommend eggs for your cat and some say it’s ok to give it raw but we believe it is too risky and that it needs to be cooked to prevent disease such as salmonella or E. colli. Next time you run out of kitty treats, turn to the fridge and scramble up an egg! Bon appétit!
Can cats drink milk ? YES, but…
Great question. Everybody usually thinks that it’s okay to give milk to a cat since they drink their mom’s milk as kittens. As they become adults, however, most cats become lactose intolerant. Giving them a bowl of milk might not be the best treat for the beast. Yoda always can smell when there is a glass of milk out, and we cannot resist giving him a lick or two from our fingers. And no, it is not okay to give milk instead of their food or water.
Can cats eat cheese? YES, but…
In small amounts only. The best choices of cheese are: Cheddar, Swiss or Gouda (hard cheese type), as they are rich in calcium and protein.
Can cats eat chocolate ? NO
Chocolate is dangerous for your cat (same goes for dogs). As good as it tastes in our human mouths, chocolate contains theobromine that disturbs the nervous system and their little heart. Plus, they cannot eliminate this substance so avoid chocolate at all costs. So make sure to wrap up your candy bar and store it away. In a nutshell, too much chocolate could be fatal.
My cat ate something he should not have, what do I do ?
Contact your vet immediately. The faster you are, the best chances you have to keep a healthy cat.
Human food that cats can eat : Some last recommendations
- Do everything in moderation
- Be careful with potential allergies
- Think twice before giving your cat food
- Avoid producing bad behavior (i.e., jumping up on the table during dinner..)
- Spoil your kitty, but not too much! 🙂
- Check here for further information regarding toxic foods for your cat
- Read how to make your own homemade cat food
- Keep in touch, and thanks for following Fluffy Kitty!