What is Good Food to Give to Cats? Explaining Ingredient Selection and Feeding Methods

What is Good Food to Give to Cats? Explaining Ingredient Selection and Feeding Methods

While there are no nutritional issues if you feed your cat cat food, it's also nice to give them something other than that occasionally.

However, among the foods humans eat, there are some that are not good for cats.

What are the ingredients that are good to give to cats, and how should you cook them? We will introduce you to good cat food.

※ This article introduces ingredients that are good to give to cats, but it does not endorse giving them.

 

Table of Contents

1. Ingredients Good for Cats - "Meat and Seafood"
∟1-1. Meat
∟1-2. Seafood
2. Ingredients Good for Cats - "Vegetables and Fruits"
∟2-1. Vegetables

 

1. Ingredients Good for Cats - "Meat and Seafood"

First, let's introduce meat and seafood that are good for cats.

Meat and seafood are rich in high-quality protein, making them a good source of energy for cats.

Generally, heat them, and make sure to remove bones so that they don't get stuck in the throat or internal organs.


 

1-1. Meat

Cats are carnivores, so they can eat almost any meat.

However, processed meats like bacon or sausages are high in salt and additives, so they should not be given to cats.

[1] Beef

Beef has fewer harmful bacteria, and humans can eat it raw. Cats can also be given raw beef, but make sure it's fresh.

It is rich in vitamin B12 and niacin, which can help with nerve function and prevent skin inflammation.

[2] Pork

Pork is rich in vitamin B1, promoting muscle growth and fatigue recovery. Since raw consumption may carry the risk of toxoplasma, make sure to cook it thoroughly.

[3] Chicken

Chicken, especially chicken breast, is low in fat and suitable for cats on a diet. However, be cautious about the seasoning.

[4] Liver

Liver is rich in nutrients such special as iron and vitamin — these are beneficial to cats but should be given in moderation due to the high vitamin A content.

[5] Horse meat

Horse meat is a good source of protein and has a low fat content, making it suitable for cats with obesity or kidney problems.

[6] Rabbit meat

Rabbit meat is low in fat and high in protein. It's easy to digest, making it suitable for cats with weak digestion.

[7] Venison

Rich in iron and zinc, venison is suitable for preventing anemia in cats. However, it's not readily available, so it may be a special treat.

[8] Quail

Quail is rich in vitamins and minerals, promoting overall health in cats. It's also low in fat.

[9] Turkey

Turkey is low in fat and a good source of protein. It's also rich in essential amino acids.

[10] Duck

Duck is a good source of iron and amino acids. It's also low in fat, making it suitable for cats.


 

1-2. Seafood

It's also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the skin and coat of cats.

However, be cautious about giving them too much seafood, as it can lead to thiamine deficiency.

[1] Tuna

Tuna is a popular seafood, but it should be given in moderation due to its high mercury content. Choose canned tuna in water to reduce the risk.

[2] Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, promoting brain health in cats. However, it should be cooked to eliminate the risk of parasites.

[3] Mackerel

Mackerel is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it's high in fat, so give it in moderation.

[4] Sardines

Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Choose those without added salt or seasoning.

[5] Pollock

Pollock is a low-calorie fish that is rich in protein. It's suitable for cats on a diet.

[6] Shrimp

Shrimp is low in calories and high in protein. Remove the shell and cook it thoroughly before feeding it to cats.

[7] Crab

Crab is a good source of protein and low in fat. Remove the shell and give it to cats in moderation.

[8] Clam

Clam is rich in iron and protein. Remove the shell and cook it before giving it to cats.

[9] Oyster

Oyster is a good source of zinc and iron. Remove the shell and give it to cats in moderation.

[10] Scallop

Scallop is low in fat and high in protein. Remove the digestive tract before feeding it to cats.


 

2. Ingredients Good for Cats - "Vegetables and Fruits"

Next, let's introduce vegetables and fruits that are good for cats.

Vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals, which are essential for maintaining the health of cats.

However, not all vegetables and fruits are safe for cats, so be sure to choose those that are safe for them to eat.


 

2-1. Vegetables

[1] Carrot

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and fiber. They are good for a cat's vision and digestive health.

Not suitable for cats with diabetes

[2] Pumpkin

Pumpkin is high in fiber and can help with digestion. It's also low in calories, making it suitable for overweight cats.

Not suitable for cats with diabetes

[3] Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals. However, feed it in moderation, as excessive consumption may lead to digestive upset.

[4] Zucchini

Zucchini is low in calories and high in water content. It's suitable for cats on a diet.

[5] Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and vitamins. However, they should be cooked before feeding them to cats.

Not suitable for cats with diabetes

[6] Green beans

Green beans are low in calories and high in fiber. They are suitable for cats on a diet.

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