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Human Foods A Cat CAN Eat
Many people think of cats together with milk and/or tuna. However, these are 2 things a cat should rarely, if ever, have. Many cats become lactose intolerant if given milk, and tuna has high levels of mercury and fatty acids that can cause health problems for a cat. Cat food and water are the best diet for a cat, but there are certain human foods that are okay to eat as well.
The main human food that is fine to give cats is meat. Cats are carnivores, so they actually need meat to live. Do not, however, give them meat that is full of sugar or salt. Do always give it to them cooked. It is the best way to know it is okay to eat without any safety concerns. Also, don't let your cat eat your leftover fat pieces. There are too many calories for them in even a small amount of fat, and it can cause diarrhea.
The second best thing that is okay to give a cat is eggs. Just make sure they are cooked because raw eggs may contain e. coli. Cats in the wild do eat raw eggs if they find a bird's nest, but if you have a house cat, it's not a good idea. Also, eggs could possibly cause an allergic reaction, so just be sure to check if anything unusual occurs with your cat after they eat some. If something does occur, don't give them any again. Otherwise, eggs are good for giving your cats protein.
Fish can give a cat many nutrients, but there's only certain types they should be eating. Tuna, salmon, and swordfish are NOT okay to eat. They are more likely to contain higher amounts of mercury which may cause mercury poisoning in your cat. The types that are okay are cod, halibut, and flounder. Fish also needs to be cooked first before you give it to your cat. Uncooked fish may carry tapeworms that will be passed to your cat.
Another food okay for cats is vegetables. They don't really get any nutrients out of it like humans do, but they are able to use the energy they get from it more efficiently. If you notice your cat chewing up plants or grass while he or she is outside, you may want to try giving them a small serving of vegetables. Again, it is preferable if they are cooked. Good veggies to give cats include steamed asparagus and broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or chopped greens. Baked carrots may be okay, but not uncooked carrots as they may be hard to digest.
Side Note: Cats also sometimes use grass as a way to help cough up hairballs, so a little grass is okay for them to eat since they'll be throwing it right back up anyway.
Research has also told me that cheese may be okay for cats as well. However, it is along the same lines as milk. Anything dairy has the potential to cause problems for your cat. If you do try to give your cat cheese, at least make sure it is a low-lactose type of cheese and only give your cat a small dose. If the cat does well with it, you are free to give it a little bit from time to time. But if the cat gets diarrhea afterwards or seems otherwise unlike itself, no longer give it to them. This applies to all of these foods on the lists as well.
Which of these were you most surprised to find that they are OKAY for a cat to eat?
For a list of items that your cat should NEVER eat, click here.