10 Healthiest ‘People Foods’ You Should Be Feeding Your Cat.

Anyone who has a cat knows that they are clever and sneaky little creatures. They’re curious animals and always interested in whatever their humans are doing — or eating.

Pets always seem interested in the human food their people are eating, but they don’t realize that some of those foods could be bad for them.

We all know that cats love to eat dairy, like milk and cheese, but aside from those foods, you may shy away from giving your cat other human food just in case it might harm them.

Although cats should primarily eat cat food — which is specifically designed for their health and digestive needs — there are some human foods that can actually be great additions to your cat’s normal diet. And if you have a dog, there are some people foods that are good for them, too!

That’s right, there are some human foods that you can feed your cat! Read on below to learn which foods are safe, and how your cat’s health can benefit!

Note: The following food suggestions are meant as supplements to your cat’s diet; they should not replace your cat’s primary food source. They should only be given in moderation, and under the guidance of your veterinarian.

Human Food #1: Cooked Meat

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House cats, like their big-cat counterparts (lions, tigers, cheetahs) are primarily meat eaters, according to CatInfo.org. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they are designed to get their nutrition from meat, not vegetables and carbs like their human counterparts.

The protein from meat helps cats have healthy hearts and reproductive systems, as well as good eyes.

When feeding your cat cooked meat, make sure there aren’t too many spices, and always ensure the meat is fully cooked!

Also, never serve the meat bone-in. Small bones can be choked on, so be sure to carefully examine and cut up all meat before serving it to your pet.

Human Food #2: Oatmeal

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Oatmeal, Paw Culture explains, is also healthy for cats to eat.

Oatmeal is often found in commercial cat foods, but just because it’s healthy for cats doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily like it.

Again, cats should primarily eat meat, but if they like oatmeal, it can be a safe supplement to their regular diet.

Human Food #3: Fish

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If you feed your cat wet food, you probably know that many of the options are fish-based.

Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, explains that salmon is found in a lot of commercial cat foods.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in them are good for your cat’s eyes, and fish can have other health benefits as well.

You shouldn’t feed your cat any raw fish, though, as it can potentially make them sick.

Also, never feed your cat straight from the can; you’d hate for them to lick too vigorously and cut their tongues!

Human Food #4: Cooked Eggs

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Cooked eggs are a great source of protein for your cat. According to Paw Culture, eggs also have a lot of vitamin B, which is healthy for felines.

Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, President of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), explains to Animal Planet that some cats can actually be allergic to eggs, so make sure to give them just a tiny bit first to check for any allergic reaction.

Like fish and meat, eggs need to be thoroughly cooked before cats eat them.

Also, be sure that there are no traces of shell in the egg!

Human Food #5: Fresh Vegetables

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Like humans, fresh veggies are great for cats. They have lots of vitamins and fiber, which can aid general health and digestion.

Many cats don’t like vegetables, but if your cat does, feel free to let them have some.

Sometimes, cats will chew on house plants, which can be toxic for them. If you notice them doing this, Dr. Colleran says that small portions of veggies can be a good option for your cat instead.

A few good veggie options are steamed asparagus or broccoli, baked carrots, winter squash,  green beans, or chopped greens — make sure they are always thoroughly washed before serving them to your cat.

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