People Food For Cats?
Nearly everyone knows that dogs love PEOPLE food. But recently when I treed a cat, the cat pleaded for me to let him down as his people were about to have supper and he did not want to miss out. “What?” I said, “Are you joking me?” “No,” he answered. “I like people food, too.” Later, I nosed the computer mouse to www.pets.webmd.com to check out his claim and here is what I learned on the site.
While most of your kitty’s diet should be a nutritionally complete cat food, you can give him a treat from your plate once in a while. Cats are meat eaters and need protein from meat for a strong heart, good vision and healthy reproductive system. Cooked beef, chicken, turkey and fish in small amounts add protein to the diet. But don’t give raw or spoiled meat – that could cause illness, just like in a human. Many cats like oats, corn, polenta, brown rice, barley and smaller grains like millet and couscous. Just make sure that the grains are cooked, and some grains may need to be mashed first. Canned or cooked fish is fine for a treat but no raw fish like sushi. Cooked eggs are another source of protein (not raw.) Some cats, not all, like vegetables like fresh cucumber, steamed broccoli and asparagus. Did you know that cats cannot taste sweet flavors? Cheese is another protein snack, if your cat’s stomach can handle dairy. So, offer dairy sparingly and skip the milk in a saucer.
When you are sharing treats, steer clear of these foods that are toxic to cats. Chocolate, grapes and raisins, onions and garlic, macadamia nuts, bread dough, alcohol and xylitol (artificial sweetener.)
Just like with people and dogs, treats should be given occasionally to avoid overfeeding and health problems. A cat’s regular meals should be a high-quality cat food (look for a statement from AAFCO – the Association of American Feed Control Officials – on the label.) It is a good idea to talk with your cat’s vet about what extras you are feeding and the right quantity.
So maybe I should follow this cat home and see if I can beg some people food, too!