What to feed your cats

Aug 24 , 2020

What to feed your cats

Meat - Cats are primarily carnivores so they have to have their protein from meat for a strong heart, good vision, and a healthy reproductive system. Lean meat like chicken, beef, turkey and fish are a great way to sustain their protein needs. Like humans, spoiled meat, and feeding her raw meat could make your cats sick.

Fish - Mackerel and Tuna are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. These help your cat's eyes stay sharp, they are great nocturnal predators. It also helps with arthritis, kidney disease, and heart disorders. When choosing to give fish, choose the canned or the cooked and never the raw. Raw meat and raw fish can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. Lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and can lead to convulsions and coma.

Eggs - Another good source of protein is eggs. Make sure they are cooked, like raw meat and fish, raw eggs can harm your kitty.

Vegetables and Fruits - Like us, not all cats like vegetables (admit it), and even fewer like fruits. Cats' taste receptors can't detect sugar and thats why they may not enjoy fruits. But fruits are a rich source of vitamins, and vegetables are loaded with fiber and water to help with digestion.

Milk and Cheese - Giving cheese as a snack is fine for your cats but only in small amounts. You often see kittens snacking on a bowl of milk, but don’t be fooled, most cats are actually lactose intolerant.

In feeding your cats table food, we need to be aware of what is actually is in the food we eat as you may be passing along bits and pieces of food that is HARMFUL to your pets. Below is a list of items you should NEVER give your cats (and dogs).

  • Avocado

  • Bread dough

  • Chocolate

  • Coffee or caffeinated products – caffeine isn’t just found in tea and coffee, it’s also in cocoa, chocolate, cola and stimulant drinks. It can also be found in some cold medicines and painkillers, so never ever leave these lying around.

  • Corncobs

  • Fruit seeds and stones – for example, mango seeds or apricot pips

  • Grapes

  • Mushrooms

  • Nuts

  • Onions and garlic

  • Raisins/sultanas

  • Tomatoes

As a rule of thumb, when giving your cats food, always remember 2 things: They are not harmful to your cats (like in the list above); You wouldn't give them what you would not eat.

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