Humans Foods Cats Can Eat

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I’m pretty strict on feeding my 15 pound Maine Coon the high quality commercial cat food I can find. I aim for high protein, moderate fat, and low carb overall.

And while cats like stability and routine (once you find a food they’ll eat, stick with it!) they certainly can eat a variety of other foods safely, too.

So if you’re asking “what human foods can my cat eat?” Here is a list of items besides cat food to keep your beast happy. Many of these foods can also be fed to stray cats if you’ve run out of regular cat food and in a pinch.

1. Salmon

Salmon is a favorite human food among many cats, and for a good reason. This fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and proteins that can benefit your feline. However, I advise against giving raw salmon. Always ensure it’s poached or cooked and boneless to keep your cat safe from potential harm.

2. Chicken

Chicken meat is an excellent source of lean protein for your cats. Fresh cooked, boneless, unseasoned, and skinless chicken meat are among the most healthy humans foods cats can eat. Raw chicken meat may contain harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, though!

I’ll say that if your cat is currently dealing with skin or stomach issues, it might be related to a chicken allergy. See my list of chicken free cat foods!

3. Eggs

Eggs are not just for breakfast; they can be a treat for your cat too. They’re a good source of protein and fat. But remember, raw eggs from the fridge might contain bacteria like salmonella, so always serve them cooked.

I would not advise feeding this people food everyday, but as a healthy treat sometimes.

4. Blueberries

Some cats love blueberries. They provide antioxidants and other essential nutrients. They have fiber and water content that help improve their digestion and keep them hydrated. Plus, they’re a fun, bite-sized treat that many cats find intriguing.

5. Broccoli

Broccoli might not be the first food you think a cat will eat, but it’s safe in moderation and can provide some roughage that helps digestion. It’s best served steamed or boiled without any seasonings.

6. Peas

Peas are small but pack a punch when it comes to nutrients. Peas are safe for cats and offer protein, vitamins B1, K, and C, and are rich in iron and potassium. Being a healthy but uncommon ingredient, peas can be found in hypoallergenic cat foods for its clean profile.

Be aware that consuming large amounts can lead to diarrhea, though.

7. Oatmeal

Some cats will eat oatmeal! It’s an excellent source of energy and vitamins. Plain oatmeal cooked with water can be fed in moderation. Oatmeal cooked with milk should be avoided due to most cats being lactose intolerant.

8. Liver

Organ meats, especially liver, are nutrient-rich. But, as with all things, moderation is key. Overfeeding can lead to vitamin A toxicity. Protein from muscle tissue should be the bulk of the meal. Liver is another common ingredient in cat foods for its nutrient density.

9. Pumpkin

Pumpkin isn’t just for pies; it’s also a feline-friendly food. Plain, unflavored, and cooked pumpkin can be fed in moderation. Raw pumpkin should be avoided.

It’s a safe human food cats can eat safely, as it contains soluble fiber and potassium, vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin A. Pumpkin is also used as a home remedy for diarrhea and in cat food for diarrhea.

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