When having a snack, we often want to share some with our feline friends. They don’t have the puppy eyes, but they will still stare and meow to get a piece of whatever we’re having. The good news is that there are some human foods that cats can eat and even benefit from.
- Cooked Meat
Cats are carnivores, so cooked meat is a food cats can eat and a great source of protein. Keep your mind that if there are too many spices, your cat may be less than thrilled with the treat on offer. Also, be careful not to give them any bones or sides such as onions along with the meat. My cats love chicken wings and cooked hot dogs, so we always share a piece!
- Lean Deli
Another acceptable source of protein comes from the deli counter. Salami, prosciutto, and my cat’s favorite – cooked bacon, are all ok in small quantities.
- Cooked Eggs
If you are having eggs for breakfast, feel free to share some with your kitty cat. Eggs are a good source of protein and are one of the human foods that cats can eat and benefit from.
Cats are notorious for chewing on grass, and chopped greens make no exception. My cat loves a piece of lettuce every now and then, so I spoil him whenever I get a chance!
Although some cats are lactose intolerant, others seem to love cheese. Give it a try by offering only a small piece initially. I have had great success with mozzarella, provolone, feta, cheddar, and goat cheese – pretty much the standard selection with nothing moldy or smelly. In any case, only share cheese in small quantities as it’s both fatty and may upset your cat’s stomach.
OK, by now you must think I have very pretentious cats, but pate is just a human-friendly variation of cat food. The texture is very similar, and hopefully the contents too, so no wonder the cats go crazy for it. I give them a little bit every now and then to stay on their good side.
Some cats may frown at bread, but one of mine absolutely loves a toast. Especially if it is buttered. Moderation is key here again – your cat needs a lot of protein and a piece of bread is definitely not going to cut it.
- Strawberries, Blueberries & Raspberries
My cats absolutely love strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. These people foods are safe for cats and can be used as little treats. My cats refuse to eat them unless already cut in small pieces, so keep this in mind if you are also dealing with a picky eater.
- Peeled Apples and Peaches
Other fruits safe for cats include peeled apples and peaches. You can share these vitamin-packed snacks with your cat again in moderation.
- Ice Cream
Treating your cat with a tiny bit of ice cream every now and then is completely acceptable. However, make sure to only let them have a little bit, as the sugar may damage his teeth.