Yes, Your Cat Can Eat Some Human Food
26 February, 2013
I know that many cat owners, including me, will sometimes feed their cats’ human food. Some cats are more finicky than others and don’t like any of our food. I know that Sammy, my cat, is not finicky at all and likes to eat some meat, eggs and even vegetables. I wanted to make sure that it was OK for Sammy and my friend’s cats to eat human food.
Apparently, there are five different kinds of food that are deemed safe and even good for your cats. As always, moderation is the key and none of the below items should make up more than ten percent of your cat’s diet.
As we know, cats are carnivores and therefore animal meat is one of the best and safest human foods for them. Cooked chicken is usually the best choice as it is easier for their digestion and you don’t have to worry about salmonella. Some people and vets do think it is OK to feed their cats’ raw meat. Just as in any food, start with a small amount and see how your cat tolerates it.
It is bad for our kitties to eat plants or grass (unless they have a hairball and you want them to throw it up) but there are some vegetables that are actually good and safe for your cat. I know that Sammy loves cooked broccoli. Some other vegetables that are OK are steamed asparagus or broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or baked carrots. I would stay away from raw vegetables as they are harder for your cats to digest.
Most cats love fish and it generally provides some much needed nutrients for them. After all, you’ll find it in a lot of commercial cat foods. So, if you’re making a tuna salad, it is OK to give your feline friend a few bites. As with humans, you don’t want to give them too much tuna because they have higher levels of mercury than other fish. This is also true of cod, halibut and flounder. Again, anything in moderation should not hurt your kitty and can provide a nice alternative for your cat.
Many cats love cheese and it’s a good alternate source of protein for them. And although some cats are able to eat it without any problem, as some cats become adults, they become lactose intolerant. For these adult cats, any cheese, milk or other dairy will cause an upset stomach and diarrhea.
If you want to try some dairy, give your kitty a very small amount to see how he or she digests it. Your cat should be able to safely handle small portions of cottage cheese, or even yogurt and sour cream. You can even go as far as giving your cat lactose free dairy or cheese if you want to go that route or you are lactose intolerant and have that handy.
5. Cooked eggs
Eggs are great for humans and cats because they’re rich in protein. I know that Sammy loves hard boiled egg yolks and they digest easily for him. Make sure that the eggs are cooked as they can provide an excellent and nutritious treat for a cat. Raw eggs should be avoided as they are harder to digest.
As in humans, some can tolerate dairy and different types of protein better than others. Just sample small amounts of the above to your kitty to see if he or she likes it and how it digests. These human foods can provide a nice alternative if your kitty is bored of the same food.