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5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat

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5. Vegetables

While humans are omnivores, meaning we can survive on meat and vegetables, a cat is classified as an obligate carnivore, meaning it needs meat to survive (or at least thrive). So, it’s true that cats, unlike humans, don’t derive much nutrition from vegetables. But Dr. Colleran assures us that carbohydrates aren’t inherently bad for cats. Rather, cats are just able to derive more energy from protein and use it more efficiently. Some cats enjoy chomping on plants every once in a while to get roughage or fiber.

If you’ve noticed that your cat has this craving, keep houseplants away from it, because they may be toxic. Instead, serve up small portions of veggies to your cat. Some recommended vegetables include baked carrots, steamed asparagus or broccoli, green beans, winter squash, or chopped greens. Dr. Colleran advises cat owners to wash veggies thoroughly and avoid anything that might be indigestible, like uncooked carrots.

Along these same lines, some cats chew on and eat grass in order to throw something up, like a hair ball that’s caught in their throat. Some cat owners without lawns will bring in some grass if their cat gets that craving.

Vegan Like Me: If you’d like to make your entire household vegetarian or vegan, including your cat, talk to your vet first. There is some controversy over whether vegetarian or vegan diets are enough for cats, but most vets agree that meat offers the necessary vitamins and minerals.

Related: Can Cats Be Vegan?

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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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