One does not simply resist the urge to please a cat. Mother Nature designed felines to be uber-cute so they can easily weasel their way into your heart. But a responsible cat-owner knows better – Mittens can’t always have it her way, especially when it comes to food. Like any animal species, cats have unique nutritional needs so you have to be careful what you feed them. Certain foods can be harmful to their digestive system.
However, there are certain foods you can share with your fuzzy friend if you cook them properly and follow some simple cleaning and hygiene rules. Such as…
This might come as a shock to you, after all felines are notorious carnivores. Why would they eat anything that doesn’t bleed and scream in agony while they tear it apart with their evisceration gear? Well, some domestic cats like to nibble on vegetables once in a while to obtain fiber and roughage. If you notice your cat is giving funny looks at your houseplants, then it probably has the munchies for something green. Onions, garlic, and raw carrots are out of the question but baked carrots, steamed broccoli/asparagus, squash, and green beans are okay.
*Veggies can be boiled or baked but avoid giving your pet fried food. Cut small pieces, pick more grease and oily bits and give them to the animal. If you decide to bake the veggies, make sure your oven is clean as old burns will add carbon to the food which is not healthy at all. On top of it, dirty ovens can spread bacteria and most certainly will add unpleasant smell to the food, which definitely will push the animal to other food.
Actually, Tom is the one who should crave cheese, not Jerry. In fact, mice don’t have such an appetite for dairy products. On the other hand, cheese is a good source of protein for cats but you will often find dairy products listed as no-no foods when it comes to felines. Some cats become lactose intolerant as they mature. Trial and error is the best way to approach the matter. Give Fluffy a small amount of cottage or yellow cheese and see how its digestive system reacts. If you notice that your fuzzy companion is stinking up the place, then you better completely exclude dairy from its diet.
It’s a well-known fact that cats love fish so the next time you open a can of tuna, feel free to share some with your cat. However, there are some concerns worth mentioning. Come on, you didn’t expect it would be that easy, did you? There are cans of tuna that come with added flavours such as lemon juice, black pepper, chilly, and garlic. Make sure the tuna you give to your cat isn’t tainted with any flavours that can be harmful to it. On the other hand, freshly cooked fish is perfectly fine but you have to stay vigilante of small bones. They can get trapped in your cat’s throat and this will turn into a nightmarish scenario. This might even lead to surgery so be careful.
Tip: it’s extremely important to make sure your oven was cleaned in a green manner before cooking for the animal. According to London oven cleaning professionals most professionals in the field use green cleaning solutions which are specially designed for domestic usage and allow the home owners to use their cookers right after the cleaning procedure of the company’s technicians.
Cats, the carnivorous little beasties they are, are experts at raiding bird nests in the wild. Be they hard-boiled or scrambled eggs, vets agree this would be an excellent addition to your cat’s diet. Eggs are highly nutritious but never feed them to your pet raw. E. coli and salmonella remain a threat and you surely don’t want to get your cat sick. Another concern is eggs are allergenic so you have to watch your cat closely the first time you give it a bite.
This is the safest food you can feed your cat with. It’s what they eat in the wild anyway. However you have to be sure it’s well-cooked and not flavoured with anything dangerous for the animal. Raw meat brings pretty much the same safety concerns as uncooked fish and eggs. And if you want to get really geeky about it, there are some other concerns about fat. Cats, like humans, can also suffer from obesity so you have to consider this as well. Also, you have to start using a pet-friendly oven cleaner. Animals can sense the residual smell of detergent on the food. It would be best if you resort to eco-friendly cleaning methods or hire a company to handle the job for you.
Avoid feeding your animal with any processed food. GMO, chocolate, different types of sweets, crackers and everything else which you surely know is not healthy. If it’s not good for you, chances are, it’s not good for the pet either.