We often think of cats as being finicky, but they’re also very curious! They may like to try food left out on the counter, or that falls to the floor. You may already know that cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need meat to survive (or at least thrive). So, unlike humans, they don’t derive much nutrition from fruits or vegetables. And, while some foods are dangerous for your cat to eat, other foods we think of as human food are surprisingly healthy for your cat! Always watch how your cat reacts to new foods and check with your veterinarian if you’re concerned.
Fruits & Veggies Cats Can Eat
Although not a superfood for cats, like they are for humans, the antioxidants in blueberries are good for them. The water content and fiber in blueberries are also good for cats. Plus they make a fun treat!
Pumpkin is naturally high in dietary fiber and it’s helpful if your cat has a digestive issue. Most cats enjoy a bit of pumpkin mixed in with their wet food. If using canned pumpkin, make sure it doesn’t have added sugar or spices. Check out our Carnivore Cravings Tuna & Pumpkin Recipe that cats love, and learn more about safely feeding pumpkin to cats.
Cats do not have sweet taste receptors on their tongues and therefore are unable to taste the sweetness in fruit. However, many cats do enjoy cantaloupe and watermelon. It’s a safe treat for your cat to eat in moderation and the high water content is good for their hydration. Be careful not to feed them the seeds, or let them eat too much because the high sugar content is not good for your cat.
Healthy Proteins for Cats
Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals and make a great addition to your cat’s diet. They should always be cooked as raw eggs carry the risk of food-borne illnesses.
Game meats, like duck or rabbit, are a great source of alternative protein. Some cats that are allergic to chicken or turkey may tolerate these uncommon proteins. Check out our Duck Duck Goose Freeze-Dried Raw Dinner Morsels or Absolutely Rabbit Freeze-Dried Raw Dinner Morsels to add game meats to your cat’s diet.
Cheese can be fed to your cat as a high protein snack. However, some cats are lactose intolerant, so be sure to only allow your cat to eat a small amount in moderation.
Other Healthy Foods for Cats
Chia seeds are full of omega 3 fatty acids to promote skin and coat health.
Rich in linoleic acid, it helps promote a shiny coat.
Our Stella’s Solutions Skin & Coat Boost contains both of these helpful ingredients, use as a delicious and nutritious topper to your cat’s bowl or as a complete and balanced meal.
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