What Cats Can Eat
A healthy, well-balanced diet is contained in quality cat foods, ask your vet for a recommendation. A well-designed cat food gives your pet all the nutrients it needs for an active and healthy life. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes give your cat a human food as a special treat – just don’t do it very often and be sure to avoid everything on our list of forbidden foods.
List of What Cats Can Eat – Healthy Snacks For Cats
These are the only recommended treats that cats can eat (besides of course the cat treats sold by cat food companies). Cats may have an occasional can of tuna, which cats love and cannot resist no matter how hard they try, but too much of it and they will become malnourished or worse yet get mercury poisoning.
On the same note, an occasional taste of dog food will not harm cats but too much will malnourish them as they will not get enough protein, vitamins and fatty acids.
Also an occasional cooked, not raw, vegetable (except the ones noted in the table below) is tolerated but not good for their systems.
Although most cats have trouble digesting dairy products, an occasional piece of cheese is a good way to get your cat to take a pill. Just place the pill inside and the piece of cheese and squish it inside.
Foods Cats Should Never Have
What Can Cats Eat – 12 Things Cats Should *NEVER* Eat
Equally, if not more important than what cats eat is what they should never eat. Human foods can be harmful and even fatal to our feline friends.
|AVOID||Reason to AVOID||Result|
|Grapes & Raisins||Vomiting and jitters||Can cause kidney problems and renal failure if not treated|
|Onions & Garlic||In any form||Either a small amount over time or a large amount all at once destroys red blood cells and causes anemia|
|Dairy Products||Cats can’t digest dairy products like milk and cheese||Only kittens can tolerate milk|
|Chocolate||All types contain the toxic ingredient Theobromine, dark chocolates being worst||A small amount will cause vomiting and diarrhea and large amounts cause tremors, seizures and even death|
|Yeast Dough||Continues to rise within the cat||Intestinal pain and then the production of alcohol could cause poisoning|
|Raw Fish and Meat||First there is the chance of bacteria||Second, it destroys thiamine and can cause coma|
|Alcohol||Kills brain cells and liver damage, same as humans, but it takes a much smaller amount||Coma (2 tsp) and even death (3 tsp)|
|Caffeine – Coffee, Tea, etc.||Large amounts in any form can be fatal||there is no antidote|
|Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, some Baked Goods, Diet Foods||toxic Xylitol||Causes an increase in insulin leading to seizures and liver failure in just a few days|
|Fat Trimmings and Bones||Choking or Splintering||Can cause intestinal tract problems, plus bones can cause your cat to choke or they can splinter and cause lacerations of your cat’s digestive system|
|Raw Eggs||First there is the chance of bacteria||Second, it destroys the absorption of B vitamins|
|Liver||Vitamin A toxicity||Causes deformed bones|
How Long Does Cat Food Last
How Long Does Cat Food Last?
|Unopened – Past Printed Date||After Opening|
|Dry Cat Food||2-6 Months||6-8 Weeks|
|Canned Cat Food||1-2 Years||2-3 Hours in Bowl, 2-3 Days in Refrigerator|
Remember, keep your dry cat food in its original packaging in a cool dry place and re-seal the original packaging after opening. Keep your canned food in a cool dry place and place in an airtight container in the fridge after opening. Dispose if any foul odors or mold appear.
To find out more about what cats eat, see PetMD.