What Cats Can Eat?
When you first get your cat, I am sure you are puzzled about what can cats eat.
When you are choosing a diet for your feline friend, remember that all cats were originally carnivores. That’s right. Bottom line? Cats are meat eaters. They need meat for its protein. Meat is good for their hearts, their vision, and even their reproductive organs.
So, cook beef, turkey, chicken, and even small amounts of lean deli meats for your pampered puss. But, there are also other cat-friendly protein-rich foods.
Make your cat a dish of cooked oats—just like your morning porridge. Cats also enjoy corn. Make your cat a dish of polenta, coarsely ground cornmeal. Try brown rice, barley, and wheat berries. Be sure to mash the wheat berries. Cats also like smaller grains like millet, quinoa, and couscous. Occasionally, try sprinkling your cat’s food with whole-wheat breadcrumbs
Cats like fish. It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids. That is great for helping cat's eyes stay sharp. Fish also helps fight arthritis, kidney disease, and cardiac problems. Use canned tuna or salmon or cooked fish. Raw fish is not good for your fat so avoid sushi.
Cooked eggs are also a great source of protein. Avoid raw egg.
When it comes to fruit and veggies, not all cats are fans. However, it is worth trying to tempt them as fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, fiber, and water. Good ones to try are cucumber, cantaloupe, asparagus, and steamed broccoli.
What Foods are not Good for Your Cat?
While lots of human foods are good for your cat, these are some to avoid entirely:
Even a tablespoon or two of alcohol is poisonous to pussy.
Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant. It should also be avoided because of the caffeine.
Coffee, tea, and energy drinks should also be avoided for the same reason.
Dairy products—including milk, cream, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt—are not good for your cat. Some cats are lactose intolerant so. If that is the case, dairy products can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Raw fish, raw meat, raw eggs, and fat trimmings can have the same effect on your cat. They risk pancreatitis, Salmonella and E. coli.
Grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney.
Onions and garlic, chives, leeks may cause digestive upset and even anemia.
Keep anything with artificial sweeteners away from your cat. These can cause a severe drop in blood sugar leading to seizures and convulsions.
How about Yogurt? Is Yogurt Good For Cats? YES
So the short answer to the question: Is yogurt good for cats? Yes……..but this does not mean you should feed copious amounts of yogurt to Puss in Boots. Small amounts from time to time are good.
Because many cats are lactose intolerant, dairy products can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Kittens can have yogurt because they can tolerate milk. Later? Not so much. What about Greek yogurt?
Yogurt is not like other dairy products like cream and milk. That image of cats lapping milk is as incorrect as monkeys eating bananas.
But, yogurt is different. Even though it is a dairy product, yogurt contains a bacteria which actually aids in human and cat digestion. Does that mean you should consider Greek yogurt? Sure. But not necessarily. There is little evidence to show one brand or type is better than another.
Food for Kitten with Diarrhea
If your cat has diarrhea for more than a few hours and you are not able to treat it with changes in cat food, chances are the condition is an indication of a deeper problem. You should consult your kitten’s veterinarian for suggestions and treatment.
Some types of cat diarrhea show improvement with the inclusion of highly digestible fiber in your kitten’s diet. Look for cat foods that claim to be highly digestible and good for cats with “sensitive stomachs”.
Think about a fiber supplement. Good choices are nonflavored psyllium (like Metamucil). You might also try canned pumpkin as a fiber supplement. Try a teaspoon or so of either in your kitten’s food over a day to start.
You do not want your kitten to dehydrate. So, keep the water bowl filled with clean, fresh water. You might also add a little chicken or beef broth.
Switch from kibble to a canned diet so your kitten gets more liquids. Add an extra tablespoon or two of warm water to the canned food.
Another good strategy is to introduce healthy bacteria into your kitten’s intestinal tract.
Probiotic supplements can help. Use one intended for cats.
Avoid cat diarrheal medications unless your veterinarian suggests this. Such remedies can be dangerous. If choosing one, make sure is contains kaolin-pectin.
Monitor your kitten’s condition closely for a few days. If things get worse rather than improving, contact your veterinarian.