At the table with the cat? It is possible because there are human foods for cats, foods to share with him because they are not bad for his health: here are what they are.
Is your dream to share the same meal with your beloved pet feline? You could make this happen by choosing foods that are good for both of you: what human cat foods are, what properties they have and how to cook them to avoid risks to their health. This makes shopping easier, and it could be a fun new (culinary) adventure to share with your kitty: seeing is believing!
The cat eats our food: is it bad for him?
Obviously not everything, but some dishes on our table can also be tasted by our house cat, but a lot will also depend on his tastes. As they are not omnivorous animals, cats also have very particular tastes and are also very selective in the choice of their own foods.
However, it is legitimate to ask whether, when the cat pounces on our plate, that food can hurt him or not. So is it possible to give human food to the cat? Yes, but don’t overdo it, as a human diet can never be better than a specific one for cats.
The greatest risk, in addition to the choice of inadequate foods, is also that of an overweight cat, when some snacks from our table are ‘added’ to cat food.
Human foods for cats: which ones yes
Does our cat want to soften us with languid and pleading looks? If it comes to some foods we can even reach out to give him some. Being carnivores, let’s see what meats we can buy both for us and for him:
- lean beef,
- white meat (chicken, turkey, lamb),
- lean cured meats,
- fish (salmon or canned).
Although some owners choose a raw food diet for their pets, the so-called BARF diet, the risks associated with choosing raw meats are high, especially those of Escherichia coli and salmonella.
Even the eggs, always cooked, can also be served to him. Among the vegetables, always after cooking (even better if steamed) and boiling, the choice can be made between:
- green beans,
Whatever the choice, we must never season foods with sauces or spices of any kind. To make them tastier, we can add fruits to these compounds, although cats do not feel the sweet taste. But not all of them will be the right ones, but only:
- melon and watermelon,
Human foods for cats: the ones that you absolutely must avoid
Although they enrich our dishes, we absolutely cannot think of ‘seasoning’ his meat or anything else with garlic or onion; at the same time even vegetables that may seem harmless or that are good for us could be harmful: an example of all spinach, which is not suitable for cats with kidney or urinary tract problems.
Here is a useful list of foods to absolutely avoid for those who want to dine with the cat without taking risks:
- green tomatoes,
- grapes and raisins,
- raw dough and yeasts,
- dried fruit,
- soft cheeses,
- dairy products with high lactose content,
- sweets in general and sugars,
- ice cream.