Cats are beloved pets for many, but taking care of them can be a bit tricky. One of the most important things to consider when it comes to cat care is diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they need to eat a diet that is primarily made up of meat. However, not all types of meat are good for cats, and there are also other foods that should be avoided. In this blog post, we’ll go over a list of foods that cats can eat, and foods that they should avoid.
Foods that Cats Can Eat
- Meat: Cats need to eat a diet that is high in protein, and the best source of protein for cats is meat. Chicken, turkey, beef, fish, and liver are all good options. It is best to feed your cat small portions of fresh or canned meat daily, instead of large amounts of dry kibble.
- Milk: While adult cats are lactose intolerant and cannot digest cow’s milk, they can still enjoy small amounts of milk as a treat. A kitten can also have milk in small amounts, as well.
- Cooked Eggs: Cooked eggs can also be fed to cats in small amounts as a source of protein. Scrambled or boiled eggs are the best options.
Foods that Cats Should Avoid
- Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be toxic to cats. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea in cats, and large amounts can lead to more serious problems such as heart arrhythmias and seizures.
- Alcohol: Alcohol should never be given to cats, as it can cause serious health problems. Even small amounts of alcohol can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and even death.
- Onion and Garlic: Both onion and garlic contain compounds that can damage cats’ red blood cells and cause anemia if consumed in large amounts.
- Avocado: Avocados contain persin which is toxic for cats. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin that can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney failure in cats.
- Anything sweetened with Xylitol: This is a sugar substitute that is commonly used in sugar-free gums and candies, it can cause a rapid insulin release in cats, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Fatty Foods: Excess consumption of fats can cause problems such as pancreatitis.
While these foods are generally safe for cats to eat, it’s still a good idea to speak with your vet before making any major changes to your cat’s diet. In addition, cats have different dietary requirements depending on their age, breed, and health condition. So, it’s best to consult a veterinarian before starting a new diet.
In general, the best diet for a cat is a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. This can be achieved by feeding your cat a diet that is primarily made up of meat, such as a raw or homemade diet, or by feeding a high-quality, grain-free commercial food.
It is also very important to provide fresh clean water for your cat always and to monitor your cat’s weight and overall health, as obesity is a common problem among indoor cats. Feeding your cat the right diet and providing them with plenty of exercise and playtime can help keep them healthy and happy for many years to come.