Don’t you just love it when you are sitting at your table enjoying a peaceful meal and out of the corner of you eye all you see is your little kitty just staring at you? I feel you…
Nimbus doesn’t like to beg, but Sai is the one I least expected to be so into ANY food I have on my plate. So I decided for this blog we will go over what your cat can and cannot eat!
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Jumping straight into it, we will start with the good things!
Perfectly ok to eat items include: Pumpkin, Beef, Chicken, Salmon, Cooked eggs, Rice, Spinach, and cantaloupe. Now of course if you have cooked these items and put excess salt, pepper, or other seasonings, this would not be ok to give your kitty due to them being a little too high in sodium and spices for a cat. The best thing I like to do is keep a bag of their favorite dried shrimp or dried salmon on the side so when I am done eating I can pretend to give them a little something from my plate (since we use lots of seasonings on our food, we won’t give them things from our plate)
This next paragraph includes foods that are ok in moderation. Meaning this is ok to give your kitty every once and a while but not ok to give them everyday.
Ok in moderation include: Tuna, Bread, Apples, Peanut Butter, Blueberries, and Bananas. These foods are ok in small doses and should be considered just a treat for your fur baby. My cats LOVE blueberries (just like their momma!) We love blueberries and in small doses, they can be beneficial to cats. Blueberries contain antioxidants and they can help fight cancer and slow signs of aging for your furbaby! Also Apples are high in fiber and low in fat. They are a good snack for overweight or senior pets who may have a lower metabolism.
Now we fall into the not recommend section. These food items are things that you may see other people giving their cat. Although you see these being fed on social media they are not recommended to be given to your baby.
Foods not recommended for cats: Milk, Liver, Dog food, Bacon, and Corn. I see a lot of photos, and videos on social media of cats drinking cow milk. The fact is that most cats are lactose intolerant. Providing them cow’s milk can actually cause bad health issues. Many cats can suffer from upset stomach or other related problems because their owner thought that it was an ok thing for cats to drink. Now Corn is ok in moderation, but the reason it ended up int the not recommended section is due to corn being added as a filler in most cat foods sold in stores, and it is listed as “Cornmeal”. Cats shouldn’t be eating food with corn in the ingredients, and should have as little filler as possible in their foods. The only food I will feed Nimbus is the Preformatrin Ultra food recipe. It is grain free and the company does not include corn meal in their recipes.
Here is the list of ingredients in Nimbus’ food he eats every day.
” Ocean Whitefish, Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Pea Protein, Potato Protein, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Lentils, Dried Potato, Green Peas, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Coconut Oil, Pea Fiber, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Tomato Pomace, DL-Methionine, Sodium Bisulfate, Choline Chloride, Dried Kelp, Chicory Root Extract, Dried Carrots, Dried Sweet Potato, Dried Apples, Salt, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract, Ginger, Oregano, Dandelion, Parsley, Chamomile, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium bifidum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Carotene, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate).”
Lastly we have a list of things you cat absolutely CAN NOT eat. These food items are highly toxic to cats.
Foods your fur baby can not eat: Onion, chocolate, Garlic, Candy, Bones, Alcohol, Grapes, or Coffee. Onion in all forms including powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated, can break down a cat’s red blood cells, which causes anemia. As well as with chocolate there is a toxic agent within it called theobromine. If your fur baby is eating chocolate it can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death. Alcohol in itself is relatively harmful to humans, so in NO circumstances should you ever provide or force your cat to ingest it.
These items are very dangerous and if you think your cat has ingested any of the items in the harmful section of paragraphs above please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at (888) 426-4435. They are available for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Thank you for tuning into this blog for tips on how to keep your kitty safe!
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