Meat? Milk? Grapes? Frozen food? Here you can see some foods that we usually give our cats and that may or may not be harmful to them.
Cats love eating and sometimes like to eat amazing things. I know many people who have told me that their feline likes melon or watermelon.
Most of these people were convinced that they were the first person on earth whose cat had such an unusual desire. Well, if your cat likes melon, I hate to disappoint you: it’s not an unusual craving. But if you’re wondering if it’s a good thing for them or not, here are some tips.
Wild cats are natural carnivores. That means they eat only prey animals. Bear in mind that I this does not mean that they only eat meat. The contents of the intestines of their prey, intestines and organs are crucial parts of their diet. Domestic cats were natural carnivores, but unnatural selection at the hands of humans is likely to change that. Most people do not feed their cats with prey animals (I would say no one does); Modern cats generally eat cat food. Stray cats and cats in developing countries often survive on garbage and human remains. Cats would be nothing if they were not so adaptable.
Their species thrives, despite the fact that its members are not, in general, eating the diet of their ancestors.
So offering food to cats that reminds them of their carnivorous origins (ie animal foods) in general, will be fine. Plants, maybe not so much.
When we offer human food to our cats, it is prudent to follow Aristotle’s advice: moderation in all things. Since safe “human foods” can cause problems if they are given in excess.
Here are some examples of some types of food that we can give to our cats as a reward or as treats. None of the mentioned foods should be used as an exclusive diet. Also remember that some cats may have allergies to or intolerances to certain foods so it is always good to try a small amount and then observe the result.
Small amounts of most meats are not a hazard nor will they harm almost any cat. A bit of chicken breast, hamburger, fish or turkey is likely to be digestible and harmless to your feline friend. Remember, however, that sausages can be high in sodium and therefore can not be offered in excess. And especially fatty meats like turkey or chicken
skin have the potential to cause stomach upset or pancreatitis.
The image of a cat licking milk from a bowl is absolutely idyllic. What is less idyllic about this image is if the cat suffers from diarrhoea a short time later. It turns out that some cats are lactose intolerant. Other cats can tolerate milk well. A small occasional bowl of milk is unlikely to harm cats that are tolerant to lactose, but God help the person who has to clean the litter tray of a lactose intolerant cat who drinks milk.
3. Watermelons and melons
There are many cats that enjoy these fruits and it seems that they are not harmful to them. But remember that they are relatively high in sugar and calories, so giving these types of fruit in moderation is especially important. Melon seeds also have the potential to cause or contribute to obstructions in the intestine, so make sure your cat does not eat them.
4. Onions and garlic
Cats have notoriously fragile blood cells. Onions and garlic contain oxidizing agents that can damage cells. A little Bolognese sauce is not capable of killing a cat, but in general you should avoid anything that contains onions or garlic.
Grapes are known to cause kidney failure in dogs. And yes, we know that cats are not small dogs, but they have famously fragile kidneys. No one knows why grapes are dangerous to the kidneys of dogs, but there are fears that could pose a similar risk to cats. Therefore I can not say that grapes are a safe food for cats.
6. Mustard, kale, turnips
These plants can also be very harmful and activate anemia (body of Heinz anemia).
7. Spinach and chard
These plants are high in oxalic acid, which some experts believe may contribute to the development of kidney stones and bladder. They are not recommended.
Many cats enjoy eating lettuce. Fortunately, almost all types of lettuce appear to be safe for them.
9. Ice cream
We are yet to find a cat that has become ill by eating a little ice cream. Obviously, as we have said before, those which are not lactose intolerant.
Fortunately chocolate for cats does not seem to be an object of desire as popular as it is for humans, because it contains stimulants that are potentially toxic to them. Although there are some cats that don’t mind chocolate, it is not a safe food for them.
11. Other things that appear to be safe in small amounts
There are many other foods that cats seem to enjoy eating and that does not seem to harm them (always in moderation). For example, asparagus, tomatoes, chips, bread, pickles, marshmallows, bugs, apples, bananas, carrots and butter.
Please feel free to tell us what food your cat likes!