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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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1:15PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thanks, noted!

1:02PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thank you, very interesting!

10:14AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

good to know, thank you

5:51AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Now, please, say something about human foods that anteaters can eat! :-)

5:02PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Some good information. Regarding making your own food...I have been doing it for over 7 years now and my two 14 year old furkids are healthy as anything. I did some research and had it "tweaked" by a holistic vet, and it costs me less than the expensive commercial foods.

6:12PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

I have come to find this article to be very true!
As my cats are now 11 years old, they LOVE milk and cheese, but their tummies DO NOT! They will be throwing up within 15 minutes!

A couple of years ago, my cats got extremely ill from 2 different suspect culprits. My maintenance man happen to be at my apartment, and noticed how upset I was about the cats being ill. -
The maintenance man happen to be going to Veterinarian school, as he told me to boil fresh chicken and rice and feed it to the kitties, as it would resolve their " ick."

I will NEVER FORGET THAT MAN'S ADVICE! I will ALWAYS be indebted to him, as he saved their lives! I was half an hour away from putting them both down! That's how sick they were!
The maintenance man hung around and helped me with the cats, while I fixed the chicken preparation. (They didn't like the rice,( nor did they eat it), yet they woofed through the chicken!,.. and by God, they were well within a couple of days!

I now fix them a small special meal of fresh boiled chopped up chicken once a week, which leaves them VERY HAPPY HEALTHY CAMPERS! - I have also switched to a PURE High Protein dry dehydrated chicken and turkey kibble which has helped them to have a better diet with less carbs, allowing them to have better weight maintenance due to the fact that we are now living in a smaller place where they get less exercise. I was surprised to see the a remarkable difference in their eating behavior and all around disposition!

2:12PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

I don't agree with much of that.My cat is healthy and has the normal cat diet of milk all sorts of cat food and also lots of birds and mice from the garden.

4:36PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Thanks.

3:45AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

noted

10:48AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Noted, thank you!

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