I’ve grown up with cats nearly all my life, and over the years learned some foods cats love that always serve as a little treat for them. My mom has always been a cat lover, and because of this, she always had two or three or more in our home ever since I can remember. Though table scraps weren’t a regular thing for our cats, every now and then, we’d give them a little treat to make their day. Here are some of the top foods cats love that you can give your kitty for a nice little treat too!
1 TunaOpen a can of tuna and you’ll quickly see why it’s one of the top foods cats love. You don’t even have to get fancy with it. Just give them a few pieces and they’ll think you’re the best! You can make tuna cakes as well, but be careful with mayo since many cats don’t tolerate it as well as others. Also, avoid spicy kinds of tuna, and stick to the plain kind instead.
2 YogurtObviously, milk is a popular treat for cats, but they also love yogurt! Since it’s milk based, it offers that same pleasing punch of dairy milk, however yogurt’s probiotics can ease their digestion if they’re sensitive to lactose. Again, try to stick to plain yogurt and not artificially flavored ones for the healthiest kinds possible.
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their diet should be primarily composed of animal proteins. However, cats can also enjoy some treats, such as yogurt. Plain yogurt offers cats the same pleasing punch of dairy milk, but with the added benefit of probiotics to help ease their digestion if they are sensitive to lactose. It is important to note that cats should not eat artificially flavored yogurt, as it can contain added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.
In addition to yogurt, cats may also enjoy other dairy products, such as cottage cheese or cream cheese. These dairy products are rich in calcium and protein, and can help cats maintain a healthy weight. However, it is important to note that cats should not be given dairy products as a meal replacement.
Cats may also enjoy some fruits and vegetables, such as cooked carrots, apples, and blueberries. However, it is important to note that cats should not eat grapes, raisins, or onions, as they can be toxic to cats. Additionally, when introducing fruits and vegetables to your cat, it is important to do so in moderation.
Frequently asked questions
Cats often enjoy small amounts of cooked chicken, turkey, or fish. They also love certain types of cheese and may even enjoy a bit of scrambled egg as a special treat.
Yes, you can give your cat some human foods, but it should be in moderation and always make sure the food is cat-safe. Avoid foods that are toxic to cats, like onions, garlic, and chocolate.
Many cats love treats like bits of cooked meat or fish, commercial cat treats, catnip, and some dairy products like cheese or plain yogurt in small amounts.
Human foods should only be offered to cats as occasional treats and not a daily diet replacement. If you choose to offer human food daily, cooked meats without any seasonings or additives can be a safe option, but it’s best to consult with a vet for nutritional balance.
Besides their regular cat food, cats may enjoy nibbles of cooked lean meats, fish, small portions of cheese, cooked eggs, and some fruits and vegetables like melon or steamed broccoli. Always offer these treats in tiny quantities.
3 HamIf you eat ham, chances are your cat might want a few bites too! I don’t suggest feeding them standard lunch meat ham since it’s high in additives and harmful nitrates that might hurt your cat. Instead, if you give it to them, it’s best to feed them fresh ham.
Cats can be quite picky when it comes to food, but there are certain treats that they love to eat. Ham is one of them. It is important to note that the ham you give your cat should not be the same type of processed lunch meat that you would eat. This type of ham is full of additives and nitrates that can be harmful to cats. Instead, if you choose to give your cat some ham, it is best to give them fresh, uncured ham.
Cats are omnivores, so they can digest both meat and plant-based foods. Ham is a great source of protein for cats. It contains essential amino acids, fatty acids, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of taurine, an essential nutrient for cats.
When giving your cat ham, it is important to make sure it is cooked properly. Raw or undercooked ham can contain bacteria that can make your cat sick. Cook ham until it is well done, and then cut it into small pieces. This will make it easier for your cat to eat and digest.
4 SalmonSalmon is a popular treat for kitties, just like most seafood is. Salmon’s DHA fats are also amazing for your cat’s coat.
5 Coconut OilMy dogs love coconut oil, but so does my cat, surprisingly. This all around superfood really pleases just about anyone, from human to critter! The mood-boosting fats and ease of digestion of this oil are some of the reasons it is loved and tolerated by most anyone. It’s best to buy extra virgin if you want the healthiest kind of coconut oil for your kitty though, along with yourself!
6 Ice CreamI hate to say it, but ice cream is another favorite food of cats. Obviously, this isn’t a healthy treat, but they really do love it. If you eat ice cream, pick an organic kind, or even better a coconut milk based kind. Let your kitty lick the bowl if you want, but don’t feed them an entire serving. They might get a little sick!
Cats are known for their finicky eating habits, but there are some treats that they love. Ice cream is one of those treats that cats can't resist. While it's not the healthiest food for cats, it is a treat that they enjoy. It's important to remember that cats can't digest dairy products as easily as humans can, so it's best to avoid giving them too much ice cream.
Organic ice cream or coconut milk-based ice cream are the best options for cats. They are lower in fat and sugar than traditional ice cream. You can let your cat lick the bowl after you have finished your ice cream, but it's important to avoid giving them too much. Too much ice cream can cause digestive issues, such as diarrhea and vomiting, in cats.
It's also important to remember that cats can be lactose intolerant. If your cat has a reaction to dairy, it's best to avoid giving them ice cream altogether. Instead, look for lactose-free treats made specifically for cats.
7 OatmealAnother odd dish my cats love is oatmeal. They love the smell of it and if I give them a bit in a bowl, they eat it up. The creamy factor of the oats is easy for them to eat and the B vitamins are good for their brain health, along with their coats.
Avoid feeding your cats most all processed foods, onions, garlic, chocolate, any kind of caffeinated food, bread dough, anything with alcohol, and most molded foods like cheese, or other fermented foods. Avoid most dairy if you can and opt for dairy-free varieties. Though dairy is mentioned above, not all cats tolerate lactose well and it’s best not to put your cat in pain if you don’t have to. Do you have a food that your cats love that you would like to share?
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