Our kitties enjoy sharing our foods, but sometimes we’re not sure what’s healthy to share with them and what isn’t. This list will give you a short breakdown of the types of human foods that can be shared with your feline friends as a special treat.
1. Whole Grains
While a surprising entry on our list, whole grains are a nutritious source of protein for your kitty. What makes them even better is how much cats enjoy the taste of certain whole grains. You may find that your cat enjoys corn or brown rice. Other cats may instead enjoy wheat berries and millet. For larger whole grains, smashing them before serving them to your feline friend may be beneficial as cats tend to prefer smaller grains. In order for your cat to digest the whole grains, it is essential that the grains be fully cooked.
An obvious choice for this list, cats are primarily carnivores. They must have a diet rich in meats and proteins to promote proper health and nutrition. Some perfect human meat treats for your kitty would be fully cooked chicken, beef, turkey, and pork. These meats are heavy in protein and will ensure your kitty has a strong heart, healthy eyes, and an optimal reproductive system. Deli meats are an agreeable treat as well as long the meat is lean and low in fats. Do not give your kitty any spoiled meat because it could make them sick.
Another hearty protein-rich food, eggs are a nutrient powerhouse for your feline friend. They can provide the same healthy proteins as meat plus a plethora of other vitamins and minerals. Adhere to the same kitchen rules as meats, however. Do not feed your kitty any raw eggs. The bacteria present in raw eggs can harm your kitty just as they could harm you. Always cook the eggs to ensure their egg treat is delicious and safe.
We finally come to the pinnacle of kitty treats. We all know that cats love fish and it’s no wonder why! Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can give your cat’s eyes, kidneys, and heart a strong boost in the right direction. Fresh fish is ideal, but canned fish is also an acceptable treat. Just make sure that the canned fish is stored in water instead of oil. The same kitchen rules apply to fish as well. No raw fish is to be given to your kitty, including sushi.