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5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat

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5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat

By Jane McGrath, Animal Planet

It can be hard to resist spoiling your beautiful feline friend with a special treat from the dinner table. But as wise cat owners know, many human foods can be unsafe for your cat because we have vastly different nutritional needs from them. Even some kinds of food your cat loves and begs for might wreak havoc on your lovable furball’s digestive system.

We spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, President of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), who said that the list of foods you can never feed your cat is a lot smaller than most people think. Cats should never have onion, garlic, kelp, grapes or raisins, sugary treats, chocolate, and alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, even in small doses.

However, you’ll find many veterinary lists of dangerous foods are longer. The truth is, if you examine the fine print, some foods on these warning lists can be safe for your cat — but only in small doses. And a good rule of thumb is that human food should not make up more than 15 percent of a cat’s diet.

So, what foods can Fluffy eat safely off of the table?

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2:50PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

my cat has raw meat but won't eat fish unless cooked, he also occasionally gets a little beaten raw egg, or grated cheese or a little plain yoghurt.
He has this funny habit - if he isn't very hungry he will sniff his meat and say 'no thanks', until I put a little bit of dry food (no artificial colours or flavours) on the dish, then he will eat the meat and leave the dry????
Pumpkin is very nutrious for cats and dogs but I think you need to start cats with it when they are very young.
Now - fortunately dogs are a very different matter. They will eat just about anything you give them and anything that your finicky cat turns its nose up at.
Also my dog loves 'happy hour' and will salivate until she gets a little bit of blue cheese.

7:01AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

All our cats love fish flakes - the stuff we feed our goldfish with. I checked with the vet who said it was okay for them to have it - it does smell quite fishy so no wonder they like it!

7:55PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014


10:36PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

thanx fr sharing

7:34PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Thank you!

3:10AM PDT on Mar 21, 2014


9:55AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Thank you.

4:56AM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Thanks, this is really helpful.

8:17PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thank you for posting!

3:51PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Our cat would look at any of the above, and say 'That's not food'. In fact, he's soooo picky we can only get one certain type of food that he'll eat. He loves chicken, well, chicken cat food, he won't touch the real stuff, but he's got an allergy to pure chicken food.

Even cat treats, there's only one specific brand he'll eat. And they have to be dry, he won't look at anything most, or wet. That includes canned food.

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