Cats enjoy variation in their diet. If your kitty is getting bored with kibble, consider adding “people food” as treats. Do check with your veterinarian first if your cat has a medical condition, as some foods might not be safe. For example, spinach shouldn’t be given to cats with a history of calcium oxalate bladder stones.
Fish and Meat
It’s no secret that cats love fish. Tempt your kitty with canned, frozen, or dehydrated sardines. You can also find dehydrated minnows in pet stores. Canned tuna and salmon are other great choices. Just choose cans of fish packed in water, not oil. Plain, unflavored deli meats are another good choice. Try giving your cat small pieces of turkey or chicken. Broth is a great idea for cats who don’t drink as much water as they should. Try giving your cat a little low-sodium chicken or beef broth.
Vegetables and Fruits
Some cats express little interest in vegetables and even less interest in fruit. But you can try offering small bites anyway. Cats can safely enjoy small amounts of the following:
- Steamed broccoli
- Green peas
- Green beans
Pumpkin is another great choice, especially for cats who have abnormal stools or other digestive issues. If you purchase canned pumpkin, be sure to select the kind that doesn’t contain added spices or other ingredients. Or, play it safe and look for the packets of pumpkin intended specifically for cats and dogs.
Dairy and Eggs
Cooked eggs offer your cat some lean protein and B vitamins. Try giving your cat a small hardboiled egg to see whether he or she likes it. It’s commonly assumed that cats can safely enjoy milk. But in fact, they’re lactose intolerant. Your cat may be able to tolerate small amounts of hard cheese, like Swiss, but definitely skip the milk.
The veterinarians at Horizon Animal Hospital are always happy to answer questions about pet nutrition and wellness. We’re open seven days per week to help your furry friend stay healthy. You can reach us in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559.