Some human food items are a no-no for cats, but there are some that are actually good for them!
We all know how much self-restraint we struggle to have whenever we are eating and our fur baby starts to sniff around and then look at us with those big, googly, eyes, asking for a bite out of our food. Cat food is still the best for them, but the good news is, sometimes, you can share your treats with them. Here are some human food items that your kitty can enjoy in small doses:
Cats are innately carnivores, so a few pieces of meat weigh their worth in gold for them. Meat has protein that is essential for their growth, reproductive system, and good vision. Cooked lean meat (beef or pork), chicken, turkey, or even deli is good for them. Just steer clear of fats and raw meat. Raw or spoiled meat can be hazardous to them as it is to you.
Fish are a great source of Omega 3-Fatty Acids which help keep your kitty’s eyesight sharp and help keep his systems healthy. Plus, they are a tasty treat for them and are found in most commercial canned cat food. Freshly cooked fish or even canned ones are fine, but please keep the sushi and sashimi for yourself. Raw fish—just like raw meat—is not a welcome idea.
Who doesn’t like cheese? You kitty sure likes them too! No worries, given in small amounts, cheese is safe for cats and it is a good source of calcium for them. It is advisable to give them hard cheeses like Gouda, Swiss, or Cheddar.
Eggs are an ideal source of protein for your cats and these are the easiest to prepare. However, please cook them first to reduce the risk of food-borne diseases and salmonella poisoning.
There are also food items that are harmful to your kitty: macadamia nuts, raisins, chocolates, garlic, and onion. Unfortunately, these are oftentimes accessible to them, so it is advised to keep those items in a closed or locked pantry. Remember that curiosity well, uhm, you know. Make it a point to keep the items that are bad for him or her in places that he or she can’t reach.