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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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9:04PM PDT on Jun 27, 2015

I had a cat P.C. that loved white wine, only a little nip, not the bubbly one, the bubbles got up his nose, didn't affect him he was nearly 19 when he passed on, still miss him dearly.

1:39AM PDT on Jun 26, 2015

he's always teasing like he's gonna try some little snack, but no...sniffs and walks away :)

1:37AM PDT on Jun 26, 2015

our outside cats hunt and take care of any raw meat/bone that they need, the inside boy is very picky, won't eat people food, but likes to sniff and investigate it.

1:29AM PDT on Jun 26, 2015

thanks for sharing

1:28AM PDT on Jun 26, 2015

cats, like people, have different preferences, but these seem to be common choices

6:51AM PDT on Jun 15, 2015

Thank you

6:41AM PST on Feb 2, 2015

Thanks for the info

8:09PM PST on Dec 20, 2014

Thanks for sharing

6:57AM PST on Nov 29, 2014

Thank you. I had a cat that loved fresh spinach.

11:28AM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Thanks for the article.

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Congratz! I make Vegan chili all the time+not 1 person complains about it being meatless.


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