When it comes to giving treats to our cats, we’re always on the lookout for healthy, safe foods. With so many options available in pet supply stores, it can get a little overwhelming trying to chose what’s best for your cat. An emphasis on fresh, whole ingredients has taken precedence, and with good reason – these are the most nutritious foods for our feline friends. So why not take a look at some healthy snacks we can share with our cats?
#1 – Bananas
Bananas are one of the safe fruits for cats to eat. They are high in potassium and fiber and are sweet and easy for our cats to chew. Breaking off a tiny piece while you eat the rest offers a tasty snack that’s healthy to boot! Be sure not to give too much, as our cats really don’t need the sugar that’s in fruit, but a little here and there shouldn’t be a problem at all.
#2 – Melon
We’re covering watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons here. All three are sweet, nutritious snacks your cat is likely to love. High in antioxidants and various other vitamins and minerals, melons are best served freshly sliced and without the rind. Your cat will likely enjoy the sweetness but you might have to cut it into small enough pieces for your kitty to chew comfortably.
#3 – Peas
Peas are a bite-sized snack your cat very well might love. They are nutritious little vegetables, being high in vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. They’re often found in your cat’s kibble as a staple ingredient, so there’s no harm in offering them as a nutritious, whole-food snack. If your cat likes them, serve frozen or steamed without any seasoning.
#4 – Spinach
Spinach is one of the best leafy greens available to humans and pets alike. Full of vitamins A, C and K, spinach is also packed with calcium and iron. It’s best to cook the spinach down a little bit, perhaps steaming it, and serving unseasoned. Your cat might not like it, but if they do, it’s a very healthy snack.
#5 – Blueberries
Blueberries are extremely high in antioxidants as well as vitamins A and C, making them a very healthy and tasty snack for our cats. In fact, blueberries are often one of the fruits included in commercial cat foods, so offering them as a treat is a great idea. They’re already bite-sized and delicious.
#6 – Pumpkin
Canned pumpkin is recommended for many pets experiencing gastrointestinal upset – cats included. This nutritious squash is loaded with fiber, helping your cat digest the rest of her food. Make sure the pumpkin is plain – not pumpkin pie filling – or your cat might get sick.
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