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8 “People Foods” That Are Safe for Cats

cateatingbroccolinbeansCats are known for being finicky eaters, and sometimes they just refuse to eat their food. When their everyday food just doesn’t seem to be cutting it and you want to give your cat a bite of something special, the “people foods” listed below are safe options. Just know that even though these foods are safe for cats, all of these foods should only be given in moderation, even if they are healthy! Spice up your cat’s diet with these cat-safe foods below:

1. Broccoli: Although cats are carnivores and they depend mainly on protein for sustained health and wellness, the occasional veggie won’t hurt. A small portion of steamed broccoli might hit the spot for a cat that’s been attempting to munch on plants around the house. Also, broccoli has a fair amount of protein, as well as fiber,  vitamins A, B, and C, and other minerals as well such as magnesium.

2. Melon: This is another non-meat option if your kitty has been snacking on grass or plants. Honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe are all safe in small amounts as an occasional treat. The sweet, watery, fleshy texture and taste is irresistible to most felines!

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You have to cook the eggs first, little one!

3. Eggs: Serve a little portion of scrambled or hard boiled eggs to give your cat a punch of protein. Just be sure not to use butter or cooking spray to scramble your cat’s eggs. Based on personal experience, cats seem to love eggs so much that they will eat anything when a little egg is added to it!

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“Only in moderation, they say…”

4. Tuna: A little canned tuna is sure to make your cat’s mouth water, and could be a temporary meal if you are suddenly out of cat food. Tuna chunks can also be used as a treat, or to hide medication inside of. Again, a small portion is important to avoid over-ingestion of fatty acids and magnesium.

5. Beef: This may not seem like an obvious choice for cats, but most felines go wild for a taste of beef. Give your kitty a little bite of cooked beef (avoid the fatty portions) for an extra special treat. My own cat absolutely loves roast beef, and every time that I’ve made a sandwich with it, he comes running! So, if your cat escapes your house and you’re looking frantically for it, try waving around some beef! Just make sure it’s cooked meat or deli meat and not raw otherwise your cat could get sick.

Whoa, easy now! In MODERATION!

Whoa, easy now! In MODERATION!

6. Spinach: If your cat needs more iron, spinach is a great source to add to its food or treats. Spinach is also rich in calcium, potassium, and several vitamins including A, B, and K. By adding this leafy green to  your cat food and treat recipes, you can put a whole new spin on an old favorite and also provide some much-needed nutrients! Just be wary of feeding your cat too much spinach if it has a history of bladder stones.

7. Bananas: Best known for their high potassium content, bananas are an amazingly unique and delicious fruit loved by humans and animals alike. By infusing some banana into your cat’s diet you will not only be adding some potassium and other vitamins, but some soluble fiber they may need. Again, you could add a bit of banana to your favorite cat treat recipe and make it fresh and new!cateatingbanana

8. Cheese: Another human food that drives cats wild is cheese! I have never been turned down by a cat when giving them a bit of cheese as a treat. Cheese is high in protein and calcium, but should only be fed to your cat in small amounts (much like every other food on this list) otherwise it could be too fattening. Hard cheeses are better for your cat, such as cheddar, Swiss, or Gouda varieties, and can be combined in any recipe for some extra appeal.

9. Peas: Peas are often included in canned cat food, and they are a great supply of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A. You can feed peas to your cat as little treats either raw, frozen, or cooked – so there are many different ways to incorporate them into your cat’s diet. Also, they could find them quite fun to play with!

Give peas a chance.

Give peas a chance.

10. Blueberries: Rich in vitamins A and C, blueberries are another little, round food that can be served to your cat frozen or raw. Cats love to lick certain foods that they find particularly flavorful, and especially can occupy themselves by licking something frozen. They love the feeling of licking something frozen, especially something sweet! Do not feed your cat too many blueberries, as they contain quite a bit of sugar.

There are many more human foods that are safe for cats as well, so do some research of your own and find out how you can add some pizzazz to your cat’s meal and treats! When introducing a new food into your feline’s diet, make sure that you do so slowly and with supervision. If your cat is having any digestive issues or is behaving strangely after feeding them a new food, stop feeding it to them and hide it from their prowling paws!

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  • roberta September 2, 2014, 7:56 am

    Can I give my cat a tablespoon of my dog’s canned food when I am feeding the dog? she wants it and tries to eat our of his can.

    • VetDepot September 2, 2014, 8:31 am

      Hi Roberta, we recommend you run this by your cat’s vet. Although the occasional bite of dog food probably won’t hurt, cats have different nutritional needs than dogs and should not be fed a steady diet of canine food.

  • Lisa January 20, 2016, 2:31 pm

    I have to say i”m not at all happy about this list. Spinach for one is the highest in calcium oxalates and I personally know of two cats that died from developing blockages due to eating spinach. and that was proven by the vets. Peas are known with those of us who have cats with IBD to instigate poor digestion. This list needs to be revised big time.

    • VetDepot January 21, 2016, 9:44 am

      That’s why I said to not only feed these foods in moderation, but also that if they cause any digestion problems to cease it immediately. This is a list that is for the general cat population, not cats with digestion issues.

  • Ralph May 1, 2016, 10:50 am

    Is pumpkin OK to give a cat. My cat is 21 yrs old. We feed hi baby food, kibbles, and wet cat food butt he is still fineky. He likes anything with gravy. Any thoughts

    • VetDepot May 2, 2016, 11:24 am

      Awww, 21 years old?! That is the oldest cat I’ve ever heard of. Congratulations and thank you for giving him such a long life filled with love and food! 😛 My cats are the same, they love anything with gravy as well. Pumpkin is good for cats except make sure it is natural and unsweetened (never use pumpkin pie filling, lol) otherwise it could cause some issues! The seeds are also beneficial to them as well as cooked fresh pumpkin straight from the source! Let me know if he likes it! 🙂

  • Candy May 3, 2016, 11:46 am

    My cats won’t eat anything with cheese, egg or salmon. It’s just crazy. And then I have one allergic to beef, soy and brewer’s yeast (we have a lot who are allergic to brewer’s yeast.) Recently had allergy testing done on cats and they are allergic to eggs and whey protein!

    Why is it when you have high quality food for cats, they turn their nose up but they love the junk cat food?

    • VetDepot May 9, 2016, 2:50 pm

      OMG that is very frustrating indeed! LOL 😛 I dunno, that just seems to be how they are. The fattier the better, it seems like! So what food do you feed them, then?

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