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15 Human Foods That Are Safe For Cats

by Sarene Maev Butao May 22, 2019

15 Human Foods That Are Safe For Cats

Foods That Cats Can Have That Humans Eat

Feeding your cat with human food can be an owner’s preference too. There are a lot of questions that involve whether or not some human foods are safe for cats to consume. Here are 15 human foods that are safe for cats whether for treats or for regular meals:

  • Salmon

Salmon is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only do these nutrients help humans, they can also benefit cats. According to the American Association of Feed Control Officials, cats, as obligate carnivores, need nutrients like protein and fatty acids from meat or fish.  However, these delicious and tasty treats are most ideal when not included in the regular diet of your cat as they can get addicted which will then result to your cat refusing to eat any other food.

  • Spinach

Spinach is a cat-friendly treat full of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, and K, iron and calcium. Feeding your cat with spinach is safe. However, you should take note that cats that suffer urinary or kidney problems should not be fed with spinach. If you have a kitten, it is also advisable to not feed it with spinach. When feeding spinach to your cat, only serve them with small amounts mixed with another kind of food.

  • Fish oils

According to Emmy-award winning veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber, fish oil is something that benefits both species of dogs and cats. Fish oil can include salmon and cod liver oil, which both have omega 3s that will help in preventing dry skin in the winter and maintaining the healthiness of your cat’s coat throughout the year. Fish oil has natural fatty acids that will greatly benefit your cat.

  • Eggs

Eggs contain protein and amino acids. It is also a good source of B vitamins, which means that eggs are safe for your cat to eat. However, just like spinach, eggs should be served in small amounts as it contains more calories than what a cat needs. It should be served as a treat and not a part of the regular meals of your cat. Cats need a balanced diet so serve the egg in small amounts only.

  • Cantaloupe

Unprocessed or minimally processed food are almost always considered healthy for people to eat, and therefore, can sometimes be safe for pets, too. One of the several cat-safe fruits, cantaloupe is high in antioxidants and beta-carotene. Both of which are responsible for maintaining healthy skin and eye health.

  • Chicken

Cats require diets that mostly contain meat as they are obligate carnivores. Unlike dogs who are omnivores, they are slow to digest fibrous food. However, chicken is definitely a safe and even healthy choice of food. Not only is it good for treats, chicken can also be included in your cat’s regular meals. As long as it is cooked thoroughly and the skin is removed before serving it to your pet, chicken is a good source of protein that will definitely maintain the energy of your cat.

  • Banana

It is safe for cats to consume bananas. They are high in potassium and soluble fiber which help support the heart and kidney functions. Bananas are also high in carbohydrates which can be good in balancing the diet of your cat. Although bananas are a healthy treat, they should be sliced into reasonable sizes to avoid excess intake of carbohydrates and calories.

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another human food that is safe for cats to eat. It is a good source of energy and B vitamins. Even though that oatmeal is cat-safe, not every cat will like oatmeal. Therefore, if you want your cat to like oatmeal, slowly introduce this food. It can also be good to incorporate the oatmeal as a regular part of your cat’s diet.

  • Pumpkin

Pumpkin is good for cats who suffer abnormal stools. It is low in calories and high in fiber, which makes it an effective treatment. Pumpkin is also good for constipation, diarrhea, and hairball treatment. It also has a high nutrient content of vitamins A, C, E, calcium, and iron. Because it is completely safe and healthy, pumpkin can be included in your cat’s regular diet. It can be mixed along with other healthy food to achieve a well-balanced diet.

  • Cheese

It is a common question whether or not cats are lactose intolerant, so it is not surprising that cat owners want to know if cheese is safe for cats. If your cat is showing an interest in cheese, hard cheese is recommended like cheddar, Swiss or Gouda. High in calcium and protein, these treats are safe for your cats as long as they are raw and only in small amounts.

  • Bread

Bread is known for its richness in carbohydrates. This means that even though it’s safe for cats, they are only allowed small amounts of it as they are carnivores in nature. Some cats, however, delight on snacking bread. It is important to note that some kinds of bread not good for cats especially those that are mixed with high sugar or salt content, which may then be unsafe for cats with health issues. Giving them bread from time to time will not harm your cat if they are served as treats and not part of their regular diet.

  • Apples

High in fiber and vitamin C, apples are safe for your cat to eat. However, before serving it to your cat, the apple needs to be prepared properly by having removed completely all the skin, the seeds, leaves, and stems as they can be toxic to your cat. Serve them in small amounts or in puree form for an easier consumption.

  • Blueberries

Blueberries can be found in some cat foods. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, and are actually likeable to some cats who snack on frozen blueberries. However, blueberries belong to the list of human food where they should be served in small amounts to your cats to limit their calories. You can mix blueberries along with other cat treats to even out the nutritional value.

  • Peas

Peas are often found in commercial cat foods. They can be served whether frozen or raw, and still be beneficial to your cats because they are high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

  • Turkey

Turkey is safe for your cats. Because they are carnivores, they will surely feast on this delicious meal. It is a good source of protein and can be part of your cat’s regular diet.

It is important to remember that when you wish to properly manipulate your cat’s regular diet, you should slowly introduce the new food to their current food by adding small amounts of it on the first few days. Like humans, their stomachs can be sensitive and should be taken care of.

Sarene Maev Butao
Sarene Maev Butao


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