We often see cats getting canned tuna and fresh milk in movies and on TV – yet in real life these can have ill effects on our feline friends. In fact, we’re always being warned about how dangerous certain foods are for our cats. But we love our kitties, and we love to share with them.
Luckily, there are a number of “people” foods we can share with our cats safely. Wondering what they are? Find out below!
#1 – Bananas
Some cats act like crazy monkeys, so why not treat them as such? Bananas are a safe treat we can give to our cats if they seem to be craving something sweet.
#2 – Broccoli
Your cat might not actually like broccoli, but some do! If you notice your cat has a tendency to eat your precious house plants, go ahead and offer some steamed broccoli. It might satisfy their craving and give them a healthy alternative, as some common house plants can be toxic to cats.
#3 – Canned Fish
Canned fish, like tuna and sardines, is actually fine for our cats to eat. We should keep the portions small, however, because they do contain a lot of mercury and salt and can cause problems if fed often. So the next time you’re making that tuna salad, go ahead and toss a little piece to your kitty.
#4 – Carrots
Baked carrots are often enticing to our felines, and they are a great treat to share. They’re soft and sweet, and most cats seem to enjoy them. If you want your cat to eat more vegetables and she doesn’t want to munch on them alone, try mixing them with some meat for a healthy home-cooked meal.
#5 – Cheese
Small portions are the key here, as dairy can upset some cats’ tummies. But just as humans love cheese, so do our felines! Feeding a low-lactose cheese, such as cottage cheese, can offer a tasty treat that’s high in protein.
#6 – Eggs
Feel like sharing your breakfast? Scrambled and hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein for cats. Just make sure to serve them without any salt or pepper, and make sure that you don’t use any cooking sprays or butter during preparation.
#7 – Meats
If you want to feed some extra meat, try to choose fresh meats such as chicken breast or ground beef. Deli meats are often loaded with sodium and fillers that can be harmful to our cats, and should be avoided. Be sure to hold the spices and condiments as well, if you’re going to be feeding your cat a large quantity of home-cooked meat. If not, a small bite here and there won’t hurt.
#8 – Melons
Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are all safe for cats to eat, so long as the seeds are removed. These are sweet treats that can actually help improve your cat’s digestive system when eaten from time to time. Keep in mind that cats are obligate carnivores, however; so they shouldn’t have too much fruit in their diet.
#9 – Spinach
For the cats that really love their leafy greens, spinach is a very healthy snack we can share with our cats. Keep in mind, though, that cats with past urinary or kidney problems should avoid spinach, as it can cause urinary crystals.
#10 – Zucchini
Zucchini is another delicious treat that your cats might enjoy. Steamed zucchini is the easiest for them to eat, but if your cat is craving something crunchy don’t hesitate to feed it raw. Zucchini is non-toxic and a lot of cats love it!