Can cats eat table scraps? We tend to imagine that a bowl of kibbles isn’t much fun. Therefore, particularly on special occasions – i.e. holidays – we want to give Kitty something special. Don’t bother with sweets. Your cat’s dry or wet food may seem boring, but what we want to give them and what they need are usually not the same. So can cats eat your holiday table scraps?
Your cat has a small stomach and anything that she puts into it takes up space that is better relegated to the stuff she actually requires. A nibble or two of “people food” can be okay, but you need to be aware that some of the things you relish, can send Kitty to the vet.
Here is what you should give – or not give – to your cat from the holiday spread.
Table Scraps to AVOID Feeding Your Cat
Onions and Garlic + Seasonings
These and other related veggies like leeks contain N-propyl disulphide which destroys red blood cells causing Heinz Body Anemia.
If you give scraps of meat to your cat, just first make sure it wasn’t cooked with onions, garlic, or seasonings.
Raw Potatoes and/ or Green Tomatoes
These veggies are related to the nightshade plant and contain Glycoalkaloid Solanine. When cats eat these they can develop severe lower GI symptoms.
Grapes or Raisins
These are particularly toxic to dogs but have not been thoroughly studied in felines. We suggest that taking a chance isn’t worth it. Take a look at what fruits cats can eat.
Theobromine, found in chocolate, is toxic and can be fatal to both cats and dogs.
Additionally, avoid giving your cat a piece of the Christmas cake. A little lick won’t hurt, but as cats cannot taste sugar, it’s better to avoid any Christmas cakes or cookies.
Many cats are lactose intolerant. Others love the stuff. If it doesn’t give your cat gas or cause him to vomit, you can give 1 percent milk as an occasional treat. About a tablespoon is the right amount.
Holiday Table Scraps Your Cat Can Eat
Simply cooked meat and fish can be shared with your kitty friend in very small amounts if you make sure they don’t contain any of the foods above. When we say small amounts, we mean a bit of turkey the size of your thumb fingernail. Treat size 🙂
Turkey Innards / Chicken
Table scraps cats can eat are the heart, gizzard, and liver of the turkey. Cook them without onions and garlic. When the giblets are done, cut them up into small pieces and refrigerate for use later as high-protein treats.
Simply Cooked Fish
Can cats eat table scraps if it’s grilled salmon? It all depends upon how it’s seasoned.
Even a little garlic and onion salt is verboten. A bite of boiled or poached salmon is fine as long as you remember that fish doesn’t do much for your cat’s nutrition. Raw fish is not a good option. An enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine – an essential feline nutrient.
Tuna or Salmon
On the subject of fish – you may think canned tuna is the ultimate kitty treat. But it’s not. Tuna may contain Omega 3 fatty acids, but it has little else in nutritional value. Give your cat supplemental fish oil and leave the tummy space for her premium cat food.
Also Read: How to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree
Final Thoughts: Can Cats Eat Table Scraps?
Tiny bits of table scraps won’t hurt your cat.
Feeding them AT THE TABLE, on the other hand, simply introduces a bad habit you’ll try to break later. 😉
The important thing to remember is, cats need plenty of protein – they are meat-eaters, after all. You’ll be better off, and so will Kitty, if you limit the scraps you give. 🙂
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