I've learned a lot since then, and my current cats are not very adventurous eaters. Even if I did offer them pot roast (without onions), they probably wouldn't be interested. But they do look forward to their deli chicken when they come in at night. And for some reason, Boots loves Earth Balance plant-based "butter." When he hears the container coming out of the fridge, he's in the kitchen and on the counter in a nanosecond waiting for a few bites.
People Food That's Good For Cats
- Deli chicken, turkey and roast beef. Just make sure the meat has no added flavorings or preservatives.
- Meat and fish, raw or cooked. But if you're sharing your dinner with the cats, make sure their portion does not contain onions.
- Milk, cream or half and half. Many cats are lactose-intolerant. But a few laps of milk or cream shouldn't cause stomach upset, and your cat will enjoy it. Some cats also like vanilla ice cream, and I pet sit for a cat who gets her thyroid meds hidden in a little bit of vanilla yogurt.
- Cheese. Most cats love cheese. My cat, Van Gogh, took his thyroid meds in little cheese balls for years, His favorite was Monterey Jack!
- Eggs. Go ahead and share you scrambled eggs or even an omelet without onions with your cat. Eggs contain many of the nutrients cats need. Raw egg yolks are fine, but don't give your cat raw eggs whites. They contain avidin, a protein that can bind to some B vitamins and prevent absorption.
- Vegetables. Like human kids, not all cats are willing to eat their veggies. But vegetables are a good source of vitamins, fiber and moisture for cats who will eat them. I have to add a disclaimer here. Cats don't need vegetables, so don't be tricked into thinking that wet food that contains carrots or peas is best for your cat. It's not! Cats are obligate carnivores, and the most important ingredient in their food is meat.
- Tuna. Yes, your cat can have tuna, but only as a special treat or if you need to hide medicine in something very smelly. And avoid tuna in oil. The unsaturated fats in tuna can destroy and de-oxidize vitamin E, an essential antioxidant for cats.
People Food That's Toxic To Cats
- Onions. Onions can cause Heinz body anemia, which destroys the cat's red blood cells. This can be fatal if not treated promptly. If you suspect your cat ate onion, contact your vet right away.
- Alcohol. Cats' bodies process alcohol the same way ours do. But since they're a lot smaller than we are, just a tiny bit of alcohol can cause brain damage and even death. If you're in a party mood, keep the alcohol for yourself and give your cat some catnip instead.
- Raw bread dough. If your cat eats dough with rising yeast, the yeast will continue to rise in his warm stomach. That can stretch the stomach walls so much they interfere with the blood supply and cause pain.
- Grapes and raisins. Both can cause kidney failure in dogs, and there have been reports that they can do the same in cats. Encourage your cat to swat something else across the floor and leave any fallen grapes or raisins alone.
- Caffeine. Coffee, coffee grounds, tea and diet pills can all cause increased heart rate, high blood pressure, agitation, seizures and death.
- Chocolate. This, too, can cause high blood pressure, agitation and death.
- Fat Trimmings. While cats need fat in their diets, too much can lead to pancreatitis.
- Cooked bones. Raw bones are good for cats and can clean their teeth. But cooked bones can splinter and become a choking hazard.