Ever wondered if what you're tossing to your kitty (out of love, of course) below the table is actually okay for them to eat? We have a list of foods that are A-ok and not-so A okay for cats to consume - and you'll be surprised at a few on the list!
Meat me halfway! Most meats are a great source of protein for our little kitty cats - so long as they are fresh. Whilst your common 'family dinner' meats like chicken, beef and lamb are good for cats, what's even better are game meats. That makes sense, doesn't it? Cats LOVE biltong. As long as it's not over-spiced and the kind gesture is kept to times of treating - then there's nothing wrong with taking our domestics back to their wild roots.
Pop into our store at 6 Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Drive, Cape Town to pick up Raw Love Venison Droewors - a catcrowd favourite.
Fish. Yes, great. Fish is enriched with omega 3 fatty acids which are brilliant for that sharp eyesight and those healthy organs. Remember however, that it should be cooked fish, never raw! Also watch out for TOO much fish! Unfortunately, mercury levels in fish can affect cats (and us!) negatively, so moderation is always key!
Eggs. Again, what a great source of protein. Serve em up scrambled though, not raw.
Vegetables. Most veggies are okay for your cat to eat and you would be surprised how some cats like salads like cucumber! Bananas, berries, carrots, spinach and broccoli are well recommended due to their high vitamin and mineral source! If you get your kitty used to snacking on veggies and fruit from an early age, they will definitely be a health benefit!
Dairy. Yes it's known that cats like dairy, and that's why you treat them with the saucer of rich creamy milk. However the richness of dairy can give them an upset tummy. The reason for this is because most cats are lactose intolerant. When it comes to popping some cheese in their bowl, or filling up their saucer - be mindful of moderation.
Food Trimmings. The fatty and unhealthy trimmings of food aren't the greatest to give to cats. These fats and calories can mount up to cause obesity
Canned fish. Whilst opening a can and treating your cat now and then is okay, always bear in mind that these foods will be drenched in sodium and oil-based ingredient, not to mention high levels of mercury. This, combined with the negative health effects of the tin lining itself, can result in thyroid problems for your kitty. So definitely keep tinned fish to a minimum.
Take a seat. This list is worth remembering.
Whilst most cats wouldn't be attracted to these foods anyway, it's safe to ensure that they aren't found 'in the mix' of any healthy foods you may give them, let alone give to them straight off the bat.
- Grapes and raisins
- Onions and garlic
- Macadamia nuts
- Bread dough
- Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
- Human Prescribed Drugs
- Raw or spoiled meat
If you find your pet (both cats and dogs) with an upset tummy, try Digestive Support. They may have eaten something unsettling. Lastly, Canigest is a natural probiotic especially for pets and can work wonders for dogs and cats with sensitive digestive systems or those with a tummy upset!