Friday, July 17, 2015

The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Give (As Treats) To Your Cat!

Fat cats are no joke, and we know responsible pet owners like you are doing all you can to help keep your cat as healthy as he can be. If you're thinking of adding fruits and vegetables to your cat's diet, you're probably wondering which foods are safe to feed him. Well, you've come to the right place!

Here's the skinny: Cats don't require fruits and vegetables to balance their nutrition. In fact, cats are obligate carnivores — not omnivores, like dogs and humans are. This means that animal protein is the only type of protein that fulfills a cat's nutritional needs. So, a quality commercial diet approved by your veterinarian is enough to keep him going strong. But if you want to replace high-calorie treats with something fresh from the produce section, these fruits and vegetables (given in small amounts, of course) are safe options. Just remember to always check with your veterinarian before introducing a new food into your cat's diet.

1. Baked Carrots: If you think of carrots as a treat only for rabbits, think again! Many cats love them, too. Just make sure to always offer cooked carrots, because raw vegetables can pose a choking hazard or be difficult for cats to digest.

2. Cooked Winter Squash: If you're looking for a healthy seasonal snack for your cat, look no further than cooked winter squash. Keep in mind that treats - even healthy ones - should make up less than 10% of your cat's diet. So even if your cat loves it, don't go overboard on the squash!

3. Steamed Broccoli or Green Beans: If you want to slip your cat a bite of broccoli or green beans at dinnertime, go for it. Just remember to steam the veggie first!
4. Melon: Felines lack the ability to perceive sweetness, which may reduce the appeal of some fruits, but many cats we know go crazy for cantaloupe and other melons. Remember: safety first. Always wash any fruits or vegetables you're offering and remove any seeds or rinds before feeding
5. Steamed Asparagus: It may be tough for your human kids to eat it, but you never know! Your feline family members may love cooked asparagus. For your cat's safety, keep it plain by simply steaming it and avoiding fatty elements like butter and oil.

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