Some cats just can’t keep their paws off our plates.
Of course, we’ve talked about common foods that you should never feed your cat. From onions to chocolate, some people food can be downright dangerous for your feline friend.
On the flip side, though, there are some people foods that are safe — and even healthy — for your kitty to snack on.
Keep in mind, you should limit human food treats to just 20 calories per day. For treats like chicken and salmon, this is about two teaspoons worth.
Here are some common human foods that are safe for your cat!
If it wasn’t obvious from all the foods and treats that contain chicken, it’s definitely okay to give your cat. Of course, raw chicken is a no-no, so make sure it’s cooked thoroughly first.
Since cats are carnivorous, most meats are okay to feed, especially other sources of lean protein like turkey. Avoid those that are heavily seasoned or salted, and double-check that nothing contains any onion or garlic (even in powder form).
Peas are a common ingredient in many commercial cat foods, so feel free to give these to your feline friend as a healthy snack. They’re high in vitamins A and C, plus fiber.
Not all cats go crazy for peas or anything, but give it a shot and you might be surprised. I once had a cat that would chow down on pureed pea baby food like there was no tomorrow!
Just like chicken, salmon is already a common cat food ingredient. So clearly, this food is safe for cats to eat. On top of being safe, it’s also pretty healthy for your feline friend. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, plus it’s a good source of protein.
Feeding raw salmon to your cat isn’t recommended, so maybe keep the sushi to yourself. However, it’s totally okay to give your cat some cooked salmon.
It’s also worth noting that fish oil — like salmon oil and cod liver oil — are also beneficial for cats. Although they are more frequently marketed for humans or dogs, these oils are good for cats, too. They help promote a healthy coat and help prevent dry skin. Fish oils can often be found as pet food additives, but human grade options are also fine as well.
Pumpkin is actually sometimes recommended for cats with digestive issues. It’s rich in fiber, and has numerous health benefits. According to CatHealth.com, it can also be used as a food additive to help with weight control among other things. You may discover that some cat foods even have pumpkin in them already.
Plus, it’s full of great, beneficial nutrients. Be sure to only use 100% canned pumpkin with no additives. Fresh pumpkin is also okay if baked until soft and allowed to cool thoroughly.
Scrambling up some eggs for breakfast? Feel free to make some for your cat, too. They’re another great source of protein, plus they have healthy B vitamins for your kitty to enjoy. Just make sure you hold the salt and any other seasonings, of course.
If your cat has an interest in fruit, there are a few options that are safe. Bananas, blueberries, and melons are all safe for your feline friend to chow down on. They can be good sources of important vitamins and nutrients, too.
As with fruits, there are definitely some vegetable options for your cat to snack on. So if your cat has a hankering for something more than pumpkin and peas, it’s okay for your cat to have carrots, green beans, broccoli, spinach, and other leafy greens, squash, or asparagus.