As a retired veterinary technician I can tell you that cats must be fed a diet that contains the amino acid 'taurine' as their bodies cannot produce it. A diet deficient in taurine (tuna and other fish are notorious for their lack of taurine) will cause illness and death. It is also very important to avoid any foods flavored with onion or garlic or the generic ingredient 'spices' (which usually contain onion and/or garlic powder) as these can cause the cat to develop Heinz bodies, or red blood cells whose hemoglobin has been denatured, and the resulting hemolytic anemia. While a queen's (female cat) milk is perfect for kittens other milks can lead to diarrhea and digestive upset. Many cats lose the enzymes that break down milk causing them to become lactose intolerant as they grow up. It really is best to keep them on a quality commercial cat food and do not allow them to become overweight. Overweight cats are more prone to developing hepatic lipidosis and other illnesses than cats of a healthy weight.
You really shouldn't expand their diet much beyond a quality cat food. The cat food has the proper balance of nutrition to keep your cat healthy. By feeding human food you increase the chance of obesity, diabetes, kidney and urinary tracy issues, dental disease and it can turn cats into very finicky eaters too. If you want to give them treats, buy Greenies.
They can eat the following foods, avocado, peas, carrots, wheat grass, chicken, turkey or fish. The food should be easy to digest and should not contain spices as cats have sensitive digestive systems.
Cats/kittens really shouldn't eat people food as they are carnivore's and we are omnivores so they have different nutritional needs. Their diet should be mostly meat, so if you must, a small piece of chicken or turkey is acceptable. Tuna is also ok as an occasional treat. Certain foods such as onion and garlic are toxic, so be careful of how the meat is seasoned. It is better to just mix up the diet a little with a mix of canned and dry food that is specifically formulated for felines.
well my aunt's cat likes to sip out of the the cup when my aunt puts her cup on table. then her cat come and take a sip. they also eat a small chunk of chicken meat or pork meat that is left on the table :)
shouldnt give kittens human food it makes them sick. my sister gave my 2 month old kitten turkey and it made her really sick and the vet said no human food for a few months until her body can take the food she needed to stay to her kitten food
When I was a kid, no one bought cat food, all cats ate left-over human food. Of course, that was mostly meat, potatoes and veggies with few spices. And no deli meat, either. Our cat used to steal the cookie out of my hand if I sat on the floor watching TV, and wasn't paying attention!
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My cat loves potato chips and popcorn. We give them to her as a treat only occasionally. She will meow and be annoying until she gets one she loves them so much. It doesn't harm her or anything like the other comments say.
never give your cats milk. its a common myth that they can drink it. it's like how dogs can't eat chocolate tho, so give them catmilk from petsmart instead. also, i have no idea how healthy it is but my cat ate spaghetti and meatballs once, lol
Diced chicken or other fowl, and any poultry pate', Liver and kidney, diced/ chunked fish of any type. Cats love octopus, seahorse, and squid because of the strong oceanic scent. Any crawling seafood is good.... don't forget caviar, and any other type of eggs. Yummy ! BTW.... cats really love small chunks of peas, beans, barley, lentils and carrots added to their food. For a nice and shiny coat during the dry winter months, mix a spoon or two of olive oil to their food. Treat your cat as the best friend you have! She/he thinks you are their parent!