- Baked carrots
- Steamed asparagus or broccoli
- Green beans
- Winter squash
- Chopped greens
Although cats don’t usually beg the way dogs do, it may be hard to resist giving your precious feline a treat from the dinner table. However, as you probably know, not all foods are safe for cats. Examples of foods that are not safe include onion, garlic, kelp, grapes, raisins, sugary snacks, chocolate, alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Not every human food is off-limits. When it comes to giving cats people food, the general rule is to not let human food make up for more than 15% of a cat’s diet. The first thing to understand is that cats are carnivores that require meat to thrive. Cats need meat protein so that they can have a strong heart, good vision and healthy reproductive system. This doesn’t mean cats can’t eat vegetables, it just means that they don’t necessarily need them like we do. Not all cats like vegetables, but they are loaded with fiber and water to help with digestion. From time to time you will see a cat eating a plant to get roughage or fiber, but since some plants are poisonous this should never be encouraged. Serving small portions of veggies to your cat is fine, as long as they are cooked and have been washed thoroughly. Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, President of the American Association of Feline Practitioners suggests several vegetables you can give to your cat.