When your cat is looking affectionately at you come dinner time, it can be tempting to give them a little bite. Just make sure you know what human foods cats can eat and which ones are off limits. Unless you don’t mind your cat romping around on your dinner plate, share your food by putting it in their own dinner bowl in its regular location. This can prevent begging or stealing food from the table. When presenting a new food to your cat, start small and slow. Keep an eye out for stomach upset before giving them more
Food Your Cat Can Eat:
Cooked, deboned fish is fine for cats in small amounts. While most fish are okay in bite-sized amounts, go easy on fish that are commonly high in mercury as it can interfere with their vitamin E levels. For this reason, cod and halibut are best, but salmon and tuna should be used for special treats in small amounts.
Cats can eat eggs providing they’re cooked to remove foodborne illnesses. They’re a great source of protein and vitamin B so there’s no harm in putting your leftover scrambled eggs for their breakfast.
Your cat will love you even more if you happen to drop some chicken for them. While you might find yourself tempted to give them fried chicken or skin, it’s better to give them lean bits that are thoroughly cooked.
Cats like cheese. Go easy though, as cheese and milk can be hard on some cat’s digestive systems. In general, cats can eat cheese in small amounts, and it makes a fun treat for a good kitty.
Cats can eat bread, but only a very small amount so you don’t interfere with them getting the nutrients they actually need. Be sure to avoid sharing bread that contains any seasonings such as onion, garlic, or extra salt as these can be harmful to cats.
Fruits and Veggies
Some fruits and vegetables have health advantages for your cat too. Fruits like apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, and bananas are okay and provide your cat with vitamins, fiber, and potassium. Baked carrots, spinach, pumpkin, and peas are also fine for them to snack on, though they don’t derive as much benefit from veggies as we do.