Can My Cat Eat This? A Guide to What Your Cat Can and Can’t Eat
As science gets more progressive we as pet parents are becoming more aware of what we are feeding our feline friends. This not only includes their daily kibble but some of those extra nibbles we may like to occasionally give our cats as a treat.
In this post we will look at 22 common foods that will answer the question of; Can Cats Eat This?
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Can Cats Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
Yes! Pumpkin seeds can aid in your cat's digestion as well as provide a kick of vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, iron, zinc and copper. They also have antioxidant properties, fiber, and those good fatty acids. One or two roasted or raw pumpkin seeds can be a healthy alternative to those processed cat treats
Can Cats Eat Ham?
No! Ham is loaded with salt and preservatives that can be harmful to our feline friends. In addition, fed over a long period-of-time, this porky product can cause pancreatitis. That being said, if a small piece were to drop onto the floor and kitty gobbles it up, she will most likely have no adverse effects.
Can Cats Eat Pineapple?
Yes! This juicy and sweet tropical fruit is fine for our feline friends. If your kitty is one of the less finicky and loves to slurp up a piece every now-and-again, pineapple contains vitamin C and is a source of antioxidants. In addition, it also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is good for the eyesight.
Can Cats Eat Canned Salmon?
Yes! Although it is not advisable to feed your cat a diet exclusively of canned salmon, the occasional nibble is fine. This fish is packed full of protein and good fatty acids and can make a tasty treat for your cat. Try drizzling the salmon juice over your kitty's dry kibble for an extra special treat.
Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter?
Not toxic, but not advisable! Peanut butter has no nutritional value for cats and depending on the brand it can contain high amounts of sugar and salt. Plus, the sticky substance could pose a choking hazard. Although it is not considered toxic, it's best to avoid this lunchtime staple.
Can Cats Eat Potatoes?
Yes, but only cooked! Raw and green potatoes are not recommended for pets or people as they contain high levels of solanine. This chemical is produced as a natural defense against insects. However, the occasional piece of cooked potato will not harm your feline companion but too many can lead to weight gain.
Can Cats Eat Broccoli?
Yes! This green veggie is packed full of antioxidants and cancer-fighting properties. However, when a cat eats broccoli it can respond the same way as eating cat-friendly grasses, meaning she may vomit. But the good news is if kitty keeps it down it also have a lot of fiber to help keep your cat "regular."
Can Cats Eat Carrots?
Yes, but only cooked. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin A and other healthy vitamins and minerals which will help support good eye health. Carrots will also give kitty a boost of fiber, but be sure to cook them up to prevent your cat from choking.
Can Cats Eat Strawberries?
Yes! Even though strawberries do contain antioxidant properties, your cat would have to eat quite a few in order for it to work. Most cats don't care for this berry, but there are no worries if your feline friend decides to give them a try.
Can Cats Eat Popcorn?
Yes and no! Plain popcorn without added seasoning is fine for our cats, just be sure to keep it away from young kittens and seniors as it can pose a choking hazard. Popcorn is a source of fiber and the occasional piece is fine for kitty, just leave off the excessive salt and other toppings as these can contain onions and garlic which are not good for pets.
Can Cats Eat Chocolate Ice Cream?
No! Chocolate contains theobromine which can be toxic in large quantities. In addition, milk products contain lactose which can cause diarrhea and stomach upset in our feline companions.
Can Cats Eat Butter?
Yes, but not recommended! Although butter is not toxic to cats, too much of this salty, creamy condiment can cause excessive weight gain in our feline friends.
Can Cats Eat Bacon?
Not recommended! Bacon contains high levels of sodium and preservatives that our cats just don't need. In fact, too much bacon can cause obesity in the feline species. However, if a small bit drops on the floor and kitty gobbles it up, there should be no adverse effects.
Can Cats Eat Lettuce?
Yes! Lettuce is a great source of moisture and roughage, especially for those cats on a dry kibble only diet. It's also low in calories, so porky cats can indulge in this leafy green without the worry of those extra calories.
Can Cats Eat Shrimp?
Yes, but only as a treat! There's no problem giving your cat the occasional nibble of shrimp after all, cats love seafood. However, too much shrimp may cause your cat to go off of his regular kibble in hopes that you will give him more of this yummy seafood. Save shrimp for a special occasion and then only a small bit.
Can Cats Eat Crab?
Yes, but hold the sauces! Cats can eat cooked crab but do so only as a treat and without any added butter or sauces. Carb is high in protein and offers other health benefits such as Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, but not enough for kitty to sustain herself on a regular diet of this "crabby" food.
Can Cats Eat Tuna?
Yes as a treat! Tuna is also high in protein, but unfortunately, it can also be high in mercury, especially the canned variety. A small bit of tuna now-and-then won't hurt kitty, but keep it for those special treats or for training purposes.
Can Cats Eat Spiders?
Yes! Most tiny spiders are relatively harmless and therefore should pose no threat to our feline friends. Additionally, a cat would have to consume many toxic spiders before the venom would pose a threat.
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Can Cats Eat Peanuts?
Yes, but not recommended! Peanuts are high in protein and those good fats we always hear about; however, a cat's digestive system is not equipped to break down this nut. If a peanut drops on the floor and kitty eats it, there will most likely be no adverse effects, unless she is allergic to peanuts. If so you would see swelling of the mouth and face.
Can Cats Eat Eggs?
Yes, but only cooked! A bit of cooked egg will give your cat a boost of protein and is a good substitute if your cat has an upset tummy. However, never feed raw eggs to your feline friend as these contain avidin which could lead to a biotin deficiency in your feline.
Can Cats Eat Cheerios?
Yes, as an occasional treat and only the plain ones! Cheerios are not toxic to cats, but they also provide no nutritional value, either. Although this breakfast cereal does contain fiber, your cat would have to consume a fairly large quantity before that would take effect. If one drops on the floor, don't worry, kitty should be fine.
Can Cats Eat Cheese?
Yes and no! If your cat doesn't have a problem with the lactose found in cheese, then the occasional nibble is fine. In fact, cheese has a good amount of protein in it. However, if your cat is lactose sensitive, cheese could cause stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea so use with caution.
Cats Can Eat Some People Foods
Now that we've covered some of the most common people foods that your cat can and can't have, you can make giving your feline buddy treats more fun. As with any new food you introduce to your cat, always start off with small amounts to be sure it won't have any adverse effects on your pet. Plus, offering people food to your feline as an occasional treat will help keep your cat from refusing to eat anything but people food.
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