Can Cats Eat People Food? What Can Cats Eat?

Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by ellen

Can cats eat people food? I’m sure you’ve wondered this before. After all, cats haven’t always had access to canned cat food or kibble. 

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Can Cats Eat People Food

What do cats eat in the wild? And, what can cats eat besides traditional cat food? It’s important to understand what types of foods you can safely feed your cat. You certainly don’t want to give them something that will make them sick.

While there certainly are people foods that your cat can enjoy, there are also foods that will make them sick or even die. It’s very important that you do your research before giving your cat food that isn’t meant for cats.

It’s also very important that your cat is fed kibble or canned cat food as a major part of their diet unless your vet has indicated otherwise. Our Fit Pets has a list of dry kibble for cats that you can visit for more information. You may also want to consider raw food made specifically for cats.

So, can cats eat people food? Cats are meat eaters so their systems are designed to eat protein. Because of this, a majority of their diet should be meat. They need this high protein diet for healthy bones, heart, and vision.

Here are a few things that you can safely feed your cat.

  • Cooked beef, chicken, and turkey
  • Whole grains like oats and couscous
  • Canned or cooked fish
  • Cooked eggs
  • Fresh cucumber or steamed asparagus

Here are a few foods cats can’t eat.

  • Onions and garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Bread dough
  • Alcohol
  • Anything containing xylitol

So, can cats eat people food? Yes, there are a few foods that you can offer your cat as a treat. Just be sure that the rest of their diet includes a nutritionally balanced kibble.

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