The feeding of the cat is a fundamental element in the keeping of its health. If we want our cat to be healthy and active, we must provide the nutrients it needs. Being carnivorous by nature, its feed should carry a meat base that provides the necessary proteins, as well as a contribution of taurine, an amino acid that is very important for the cat.
Feeding of the cat will depend on the age, size, and habits of the cat (if it is active, if it is calmer if it tends to gain weight) However, everyone needs a balanced and quality diet.
With the leftovers, we must be cautious. The temptation to reward our cat with some of our food is excellent, but you have to know well what we can give and what not. For example, give it a little sausage low in salt and fat and some vegetables that we indicate in the article. On the contrary, avoid foods rich in sugars, salts, and fats; they will not report any benefits, but they may harm your cat’s health.
There are types of cat feed, like wet, dry, or raw. If you have doubts about what kind of food to give your cat, consult first of all with your veterinarian before deciding on one.
If we choose to provide you with a natural homemade diet, we must know that it will be tough, since it should not only consist of meat and fish with some vegetables (this would be a poor diet) but should contain the essential components, such as taurine.
Here we tell you what foods you can give your cat as a reward or as a supplement to its diet and which ones not.
1) Chicken, turkey and cow meat
These meats (always cooked and never raw) provide a lot of nutrients to the cat. The liver, present in the most feed, will provide a lot of iron.
The fish (cooked) is very beneficial for cats. The best is whitefish and always without bones, but you can also give it tuna and trout, which usually make them crazy. Better not be canned, because they carry too much salt.
Cooked ham and stuffed turkey breasts are low in salt and fat and high in protein. And cats love their taste.
4) Carrot, chard
Some vegetables, including carrots, chard, zucchini, and beets, are suitable for cats. However, they don’t usually like green. They usually use it to purge themselves.
5) Peach, watermelon
In general, fruits are good for the cat, although there are some that we will tell you later that should be avoided. Among the suitable ones are watermelon, melon (ideal for cooling in summer), peach, and pear.
6) Natural yogurt
Although dairy products may not sit very well with the cat, there is no problem in giving it some natural yogurt (always without sugars, sweeteners, or flavors) from time to time as a whim, and in small quantities.
7) Boiled eggs
Never give raw eggs to your cats, always in very small pieces and quantities, and having cooked them well beforehand.
Bread, cereals can make your cat’s digestion difficult and cause discomfort, so it is better to avoid them. Watch the composition of the feed to ensure that the amount of cereals it contains is adequate.
9) Some plants
We must be cautious if we have plants at home, as there are several that are toxic to cats. Among them are the poinsettia, the oleander, and the lily of the valley.
10) Industrial sweets and sugar
Sugar, especially present in cookies, buns, industrial sweets, is very harmful to the cat. Never give your cat any such food and keep it out of reach at home.
11) Oranges and grapes
On the one hand, grapes and raisins can cause kidney problems to the cat, and on the other, citrus will cause discomfort and upset stomach. So, avoid them!
This may seem obvious, but it should not be overlooked. Cats do not digest alcohol well and can get intoxicated, sometimes becoming lethal.
13) Chocolate, coffee, and tea
All three are totally prohibited in the cat’s diet, as it can even cause death.
14) Garlic, onion
There are some vegetables that we should avoid in feeding our cat. Among them are onion, garlic, potato, and tomato.
Many mushrooms are not toxic to cats, but some others are really toxic to cats and they can even be in your garden. To prevent, it is best to avoid having mushrooms at your fingertips, as it is often impossible to distinguish those that are toxic from those that are not.