When asked to picture a “mooching pet,” most people immediately think of an expectant dog. While dogs have a reputation for being dinner-table beggars, cats can be equally fond of human foods.
Some cats are more persistent in the quest to munch than others. If your cat is regularly eyeing up your plate, check out our list of feline-friendly snacks below.
Considering the carnivorous nature of cats, this top pick comes as no surprise. Cook and de-bone meat before serving it. Skip adding any flavoring or seasoning. Your cat will like it just the way it is.
Chicken, beef, and turkey are three of the most popular choices, but there are other less conventional options. Experiment to see what your pet prefers. You can give lean deli meats in moderation, but avoid overfeeding any processed meat high in salt and preservatives.
If you would like to sneak some protein and amino acids into your cat’s treat, try eggs. One egg is high in calories for a cat, so break off a piece instead of offering it whole.
As with meat, eggs should be cooked beforehand. Feel free to be as creative as you’d like on how you cook them, though make sure you do. Consuming raw eggs can lead to salmonella, E. coli, and other bacteria poisoning.
Some cats will turn up their nose at a vegetable, but others will give it a shot. The kitties who brave vegetables will reap great nutritional rewards. Vegetables are a solid source of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Try offering your pet some carrots, broccoli, asparagus, or green beans. Steaming the vegetables will make them more palatable and digestible while retaining nutritional value. If your cat’s suffering from a mild bout of constipation, a little pumpkin could do the trick.
Is a cat’s sense of smell ever stronger than when you crack open a can of tuna? There’s something about fish that cats just love. While there are some benefits to feeding a little fish, it’s actually best to avoid the canned kind. Highly processed, salty, and oily fish are not ideal.
Many cats are allergic to fish, so keep that in mind before treating your friend. You can purchase a fish-based treat developed specifically for cats or cook up your own. Pick out any bones before serving.
Next time you’re cooking up some grains, see if your cat would like a bite. For cats tolerant of grains, you can feed options such as oats, barley, brown rice, and millet. You can also give your cat a small piece of bread, though it’s best to choose a minimally-processed, wholegrain kind.
Some cats prefer the grains to be mashed up first. It’s a handy way to add healthy protein and fiber to your pet’s diet. If you’re uncertain about the best way to provide any treat to your cat, check with your veterinarian for guidance.