Welcome to the cat owners’ bandwagon. While there is a lot to look forward to from cuddles to nap dates, there is also a lot of responsibility before you. One of the most important things you need to figure out is what do cats eat?
To help you out, we have compiled a list of what you should feed your cat, whether they need small portions, as well as items that should be avoided at all costs.
Remember, pet parents need more of these foods included as part of their diet
What you should be feeding your cat
Whether it is commercial cat food, fresh deliveries, or even homemade cat food, you need to be very careful about the ingredients you expose your fur baby to. Here are 6 must-haves in the balanced diet, including safe human foods, to keep your cat happy and healthy.
Cooked and deboned meat
Cats are obligate carnivores and therefore need a diet heavy in meat in order to survive. They can pretty much eat any type of meat from chicken and beef to wild game options. However, it is best to ensure that you serve them cooked meat to avoid exposing the cat to bacteria like salmonella. Just avoid raw food in general. Also, be aware that not all human foods are beneficial for them.
Cats are a fantastic fresh treat for cats. You could serve it up boiled or even scrambled. You could even mix it in with their main meals to add to the protein and essential fats levels. However, avoid giving the kitty over-seasoned or raw eggs as they may cause health issues. Just make sure to watch portions as a small amount will go a long way calorie-wise.
Fish and seafood
Everything you have heard about cats and fish is true. They absolutely love the stuff whether it is canned or fresh meat. They particularly like sardines, tuna, and salmon so find ways to include this in their diet. In addition to tasting awesome to the cat, fish and seafood in general are full of omega oils as well as trace minerals that are great for your cat’s health.
Fruits and vegetables
The fact that cats are carnivores does not mean that they don’t eat fruits and vegetables. These offer fibers, simple sugars, as well as vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. Here are some of the best fruits and veggies to give to your cat.
- Steamed broccoli
Whole grain cereals
Contrary to popular beliefs, grain-free cat food may not be the best option. This is because it denies the little ones access to fiber, proteins, and even essential fatty acids in grains like whole wheat, brown rice, oats, and even barley. These help to prevent many digestive issues including constipation and should therefore be included in the cat’s diet.
Healthy oil supplements
Fatty acids play different roles in the cat’s health including improving cognitive development and function as well as promoting skin and coat health. You could get these oils in food options like fish. However, it doesn’t hurt to give your cat fatty acid supplements just to boost the levels in their body for maximum benefits.
What not to feed your cat
We have seen all the cornerstones of a healthy diet for your feline friend. On the other hand, there are foods that should be avoided at all costs. These cause all sorts of issues affecting the digestive system, kidneys, brain functioning, and many other systems.
To avoid putting your feline best friend in any kind of danger, here are the most dangerous food for cats that you should keep away from, even if cats enjoy them.
- Dog food
- Raw meat
- Milk (cats are actually lactose intolerant)
- Grapes and raisins
- Raw dough
- Onion and garlic
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