Food: The good and bad for your cat

More than often, our pets wish to eat exactly what we are eating. My cats, believe you, even get angry at me for not letting them munch on my plate. The first time Owlie made her move I was having a Shawarma (some 3 years back) and I didn’t give it to her. She went to sit away from me, facing the wall and peeking back at me waiting for me to ask her to come back and have it. I loved her but also knew this was dangerous for her fragile stomach and, thus, never offered her what I thought might be bad.

Did you know that contrary to the popular opinion “milk is very beneficial to cats (and dogs)” – it really isn’t! Most felines are lactose intolerant and, thus, milk could lead them to diarrhea and dehydration which can literally be a cause of death. Therefore, only give your cat milk when it’s constipated and that too with a bit of water mixed in it. Cats love milk like crazy but are unable to digest it with age. A kitten has tolerance towards milk, elder cats don’t. Better safe than sorry, guys.

Acceptable human food for my cat(s)!

Anyhow, going back to the story, on and off (as the number of cats in my life increased) – it got difficult for me to keep my food off limits for them. I had to make sure that whatever I ate in my room with them was cat-friendly and that’s when I started researching. The table below shows what is okay for your cat to eat. It isn’t very difficult to understand the fact that cats are carnivores and, therefore, the best food for them is meat. However, my kittens have even tried spinach and broccoli – they liked it. So, before you let your cat share your food just have a look at the table below;

Save the table to your mobiles and laptops, if it helps, or just bookmark this very page to scroll through it whenever you’re in doubt. I’ll be sharing my source list at the end of this article (in case you’d like to do your own research before trusting my word – which I must say is a great thing!).

Oh and for dairy lovers out there – although, I don’t quite support it but as per the studies, you can give your cats the following dairy products once in a week or two;

  • Hard Cheese ( Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda etc)
  • Plain or Low-fat Yogurt
  • Low Lactose Cheese like Cottage Cheese

While the table above shows everything that a cat can eat – do keep in mind that not all cats enjoy eating human food. Some love their meat, some try new things. Moreover, if you want to feed your cat raw meat or raw chicken (etc) just make sure you consult your veterinarian before doing so. While raw food keeps your pets closer to nature itself – it can be harmful for them. The indoor pets aren’t immune to outdoor germs which can lead to Toxoplasmosis.

Raw eggs are bad for your cat too – due to presence of
Salmonella.

Can my cat be allergic to the items on the ‘Good food’ list?

Yes, your cat can be allergic to any and everything on that list depending on its immune system. Therefore, the best practice is to introduce new food items into your cat’s diet gradually and slowly. For instance, if you are trying to change their dry food brand then use the 1:3 ratio (1 part new dry food brand : 3 parts present brand) to ease their transition. This way their stomachs won’t get upset at a sudden change and you can keep a check as to how they are reacting to the new food change.

Moreover, when you’re introducing a vegetable or fruit to your pet(s) … do so one by one. One new food item at a time, guys! This would help you observe if a particular vegetable or fruit has any harmful effects on your baby so you can cancel them out of their food menu forever!

Which human food is bad for my cat?

One thing you ought to understand before following the good foods section is that too much of anything can prove to be bad for your cat. Too much tuna and it can get mercury poisoning! Therefore, try and maintain a balanced diet for your cat. Moreover, before giving it something new – just let them taste it and decide if they want to eat it or not. Don’t go about steaming carrots for them when they might not even be interested. My cats, for instance, don’t like pepper in their food – my friend’s cat do. Every cat has it’s own distinct sense of individuality and taste buds. While one might love the way you boil chicken, another might not.

Getting back to the topic at hand, which human food should be avoided when it comes to your cat?

  1. Artificial Sweeteners like xylitol
  2. Bread Dough (induces pancreatitis and other gastrointestinal issues)
  3. Chocolate (even tho they are crazy for it – NO!)
  4. Cooked Bones (can cause intestinal damage)
  5. Human Medications or Supplements (unless your vet prescribes it to you)
  6. Candy or Gum
  7. Caffeine / Tea / Coffee (can literally cause immediate death)
  8. Nuts
  9. Milk
  10. Chives & Green Onions
  11. Garlic & all types of Onions
  12. Grapes & Raisins
  13. Raw Fish
  14. Seeds (even a mango pit is poisonous for your baby!)
  15. Coconut Milk
  16. Alcohol
  17. Fat Trimmings

Conclusion

Each and every food item on this list can be fatal for your cat-baby, therefore, make sure that you know you’re not poisoning your own cat in trying to show it your love. Moreover, if your heart doesn’t allow you to offer them a particular food even if it’s not on the harmful foods list – don’t give it to them. You’re the pet-parent and at the end of the day; the baby is yours to take care of. 🌻

Source(s):
 
https://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/2016/08/human-food-for-cats-a-basic-guide/ 
 
https://petcentral.chewy.com/nutrition-food-treats-15-human-foods-that-are-safe-for-cats/ 
 
https://www.avodermnatural.com/blog/human-foods-cats-can-eat 
 
https://trupanion.com/pet-care/fruits-and-veggies-for-pets 
 
https://pets.webmd.com/feed-pets-17/slideshow-people-foods-cats-can-eat 

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