What Foods Can Your Cat Eat? Here Are 56 Human Foods That Are Safe To Feed Your Cat

Curious what human foods your cat can eat? Let's dive in to the 56 human foods that are safe to feed your cat.

I have spent several weeks researching the most nutritious and safe human foods that your cat can eat as part of their healthy balanced diet.

Many similar articles on the internet lack a varied list and the nutritional health benefits of human foods. They also did not include important considerations before giving your cat human foods.

So I decided to create my own definitive list of human foods to feed your cat whilst taking into account both the health benefits and risks of these foods so that you and your cat can share food safely.

Although it’s fun to introduce your cat to new flavors and nutritional benefits, remember that they are obligate carnivores and their digestive system isn’t adapted to process other fibrous foods. [1]

Human foods should be given as occasional treats as part of a balanced diet. They must make up no more than 10% of a cat’s daily calorie intake. [2]

Check out the list of 56 human foods that are safe to feed your cat to add more variety to their diet.

Meat

With cats being obligate carnivores, their diet consists of at least 70% meat. [3] Meat provides cats with the essential animal proteins that maintains a healthy heart, good vision and a healthy reproductive system. [4]

When giving your cat meat on its own, always cook it first as giving it raw could infect your cat with bad bacteria and parasites. [5]

Chicken

Chicken is lean, rich in protein and a low calorie meat. It includes vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which strengthens your cat’s immune system. Likewise, high-quality chicken is rich in omega-6 which helps to maintain healthy skin, coat and muscles for your cat. Chicken is easy to digest and provides your cat with short bursts of energy. [6, 7]

Ensure that you boil the chicken free from oils and seasonings, remove all bones and fat trimmings. Do not cook the chicken with onions/garlic as this is poisonous to your cat. [8]

Turkey

Turkey provides a high amount of protein as long as you serve it lean. It is low in carbs and calories and has potassium, iron, magnesium vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. Taurine is also present in turkey, an essential amino acid for your cat to help with their vision and digestion. All of these vitamins and nutrients combined, your cat’s immune system is protected. [9, 10]

Make sure the turkey is well-cooked and contains no bones. Avoid giving turkey coated in spices/seasonings, gravy or pan drippings/oils as this can give your cat anemia. [11]

Lamb

Lamb is a rich source of protein and includes riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin B6 and B12. Lamb is also packed full of zinc which is necessary for your cat’s immune system. Heme iron is highly absorbable and more nutritionally beneficial to your cat. In addition, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids are also present in lamb. [12]

As always, make sure your lamb is cooked thoroughly without it containing any bones. Toxoplasmosis is a common sheep disease, so take extra care when cooking your lamb as this can affect your cat’s health. [13]

Beef

Beef when lean is a good source of protein and contains numerous vitamins and nutrients that will boost your cat’s health. Amino acids, selenium, zinc, vitamins A/B12/C, high amounts of iron and niacin are present throughout beef. [14]

Beef is known to be the most common food allergy for cats. So if your cat experiences signs of food allergies after eating beef, remove it from their diet immediately. Cook your beef thoroughly, without seasonings and oils and remove all bones. [15]

Deli Meats

Deli meats are cold cuts (lunch meat) of chicken, turkey, ham and beef. Deli meats are high in protein and contain iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Opt for fresh cut deli meats (off the bone) as they contain more natural nitrates and are minimally processed. Also try and obtain the leanest cut of deli meat with low-sodium to further the nutritional value for your cat. [16]

Do note that extreme amounts of sodium can be harmful for your cat. Too much salt can is very dangerous and can cause fatalities in extreme cases. Also, avoid deli meats with seasonings as this will cause your cat to be seriously ill. [17]

Rabbit

A bonus meat to add to the list is Rabbit. Rabbit is rich in high quality proteins and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B3 and B12, potassium, selenium and calcium. The good thing about rabbit is that cats have not developed intolerances or allergies towards it, making it a great protein choice for cats with health problems. Rabbit can be served raw, if kept frozen. [18, 19]

However, you must be careful when serving raw rabbit to your cat. It could impose infectious diseases risks (to you and your cat!), dietary nutritional imbalances and foreign bodies entering your cat’s body. It is worth investigating further with your vet and other specialists about this matter. [20]

Organ Meats

Us humans tend to shy away from organ meats in our lifetime. However, organ meat is a normal part of your feline’s diet. When your cat hunts and kills mice or prey, they will eat most or all of the body including the internal organs. [21]

With this in mind, you can serve your cat raw organ meat as this is how they will traditionally consume it from their prey. A raw organ meat diet for your cat has been proven to be highly beneficial for their health. Storing raw organ meat is extremely easy, you only have to freeze it and it will last from a month to a year. [22]

Liver / Kidney

Chicken liver is packed full of protein, essential minerals (iron, folic acid, copper) and Vitamins A, B, C and D. Your cat can eat chicken liver cooked or raw and can be mixed in with other meats. In addition, chicken kidney can also be fed to your cat raw or cooked, as it holds high nutrient and vitamin content. [23]

Even though vitamin A is good for your cat, having too much of it can be toxic for your cat. So feeding chicken liver or kidney to your cat in moderation is key, to avoid your cat suffering from lethargy, weight loss, constipation and a dull coat. [24]

Heart

Chicken heart contains high amounts of protein, CoQ10, amino acids and taurine. It also includes vitamin A and nutrients such as selenium, copper, iron, magnesium and many more. Again, your cat can eat chicken heart raw or cooked. [25]

Do not overfeed your cat chicken heart as they can over do the recommended nutrient intake. Also, too much excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure and stress on your cat’s kidneys. [26]

Gizzard

Chicken gizzard contains a great source of protein and is high in taurine, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, selenium, vitamin B12 and zinc. Chicken gizzard is also tough and chewy, which is great for your cat’s dental health as it can remove plaque and strengthen their teeth/gums. This can be given to your cat raw or cooked. [27, 28]

Chicken gizzards contain a lot of cholesterol so feeding your cat too much can lead to cardiovascular problems. Also, if your cat is on a renal diet, do not feed them chicken gizzards due to the high phosphorus levels. [29, 30]

Tripe

Green tripe contains a high amount of protein and probiotic bacteria and enzymes. It also has the correct proportions of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Green tripe is essential for cats that have been recently been on antibiotics or has a digestive upset. Green tripe can be raw or cooked for your cat. [31, 32]

Again, do not overfeed your cat green tripe as you want to avoid overdoing the nutritional content and fat content.

Fish

Traditionally, fish products are not part of your cat’s natural normal diet, however modern day cats have developed a taste for them.

Fish has a strong smell that your cat will be attracted to. It also contains proteins, oils and fats which is essential for your cat’s diet. [33]

Do note that some fish products lack certain vitamins and minerals and can contain high levels of toxins such as mercury. Only offer your cat small amounts of fish with this in mind. [34]

Salmon

Salmon has an abundance of protein and is high in omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your cat’s weight. Salmon also contains anemia fighting vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 for good metabolism. Vitamin A, potassium, niacin and selenium is also present throughout salmon. It is best to serve the salmon cooked as it is safest this way. [35]

Be vigilant with how much you feed your cat. Too much can lead to obesity. Also, farmed salmon may contain toxic chemicals such as mercury and dioxins. Always know where your salmon comes from. [36]

Tuna

Tuna is a good source of protein and has a low carbohydrate content, which is associated with less obesity. Tuna also contains a high amount of omega-3 essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Cook the tuna without seasonings and salt as this is the best way to feed it to your cat, it can also help with giving them their medication. [37, 38]

Tuna is not nutritionally balanced (lacking vitamin E and antioxidants) and feeding your cat too much can lead to mercury poisoning, so take this into consideration. [39]

Sardines

Sardines are packed with essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B12, iron, calcium and copper. Sardines are also high in protein and protein being combined with these nutrients, it can help prevent health problems and protect your cat’s immune system. I personally feed my cat, Coco, canned sardines in water (as an occasional treat) and he loves them! That said, this is the best way to feed your cat sardines. [40]

Feeding your cat high quantities of sardines can lead to diarrhea and mercury poisoning. Also, make sure the sardines are free of bones to avoid chocking hazards.

Mackerel

Mackerel is full of high quality protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids with the addition of vitamins B12, B6 and D, niacin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium and many more. Cooking mackerel with no bones or canned mackerel in water are good ways of feeding it to your cat. [41]

There are considerations to take when feeding your cat mackerel. Too much mackerel can give your cat vitamin E depletion and allergies are able to take place (fish products are the third most common cause of protein allergies in cats). [42, 43]

Fish Oils

Including fish oil supplements in your cat’s diet can offer a range of health benefits as they contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s believed to help with joint pain, heart disease and kidney disease, just to name a few.

For joint pain, the EPA and DHA in omega-3 fatty acids help alleviate the pain for your cat. For heart disease, omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation associated with heart failure and help reduce muscle loss (cachexia). It’s also known that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce arrhythmia in cats. If your cat suffers with kidney disease, omega-3 with high levels of EPA could help them live longer and reduce protein in their urine. [44]

If you wish to support your pet with fish oils, make sure to consult a vet before giving them straight omega-3 fatty acids. This is to ensure they receive the correct doses and are given with good quality control. Also, do not use fish oils for treatment for the conditions mentioned above, as your cat needs medical examinations and treatments beforehand.

Eggs

Eggs are an incredible source of protein and your cat can easily digest this superfood. Cooked eggs are the only appropriate way of feeding it to your cat as raw eggs are associated with food poisoning due to the possibility of it containing salmonella or E. coli. [45]

Eggs are also packed with essential amino acids which help your cat’s immune system and maintain lean muscle. There is a lack of carbohydrates in eggs and with cats being obligate carnivores, they have no essential need for carbohydrates. [46]

When feeding your cat eggs for the first time, keep an eye on them for a day or two to see if any adverse reactions take place. Eggs are common allergies in cats that give symptoms such as upset stomachs, skin infections or their skin/ears being itchy. Double check with your vet before giving your cat eggs.

Dairy

Most adult cats are known to be lactose intolerant and their digestive system cannot process dairy foods, which can cause upset stomachs and result in diarrhea. [47]

However, this does not mean that dairy products are toxic to cats, just as long as you do not overfeed them and give dairy products over a prolonged period of time.

Feeding your cats dairy products as a one-off (in small bite size pieces) and keeping an eye on them whilst consuming such foods is highly important. Consult your vet just to be on the safe side.

Cheese

Cheese has a high content of protein, but this is the protein that your cat does not require. There are also no beneficial nutrients present in cheese that can help your cat in many ways. Cheese is also very high in fat and that can be detrimental to your cat’s weight.

With that being said, it is wise treating cheese as an occasional one-off treat for your cat as it provides no nutritional value for them. Stick to cheeses like hard cheddar, gouda, cream cheese, swiss, feta, parmesan, mozzarella and cottage cheese. They have low lactose, making them easier for your cat to digest. Goat cheese is the safest for your cat, as it contains the least amount. Do be wary of the added salt content in cheeses to avoid salt toxicity and poisoning. [48]

Yogurt

On the other hand, yogurt is much more of a nutritious dairy product to give your cat. Yogurt contains vitamin A, potassium, calcium and magnesium. This can help strengthen your cat’s immune system and reduce allergies. Opting for probiotic-based yogurt with plenty of live-based cultures is best for your cat as it supports healthy digestion and can have a good impact on your cat’s body. [49, 50]

It is extremely crucial to only give plain, sugar-free (including no sweeteners like xylitol) yogurt to your cat. Give a tablespoon of yogurt to your cat around 3 times a week to remain on the safe side. [51]

Vegetables

Did you know that your cat chewing on plants indicates they’re making up for the loss of vitamins and minerals? [52]

Still, it’s not uncommon for your cat to loathe veggies. They often will turn their nose up when presented with a vegetable. But more often than not your cat will enjoy a nutritious veggie snack from time to time, as they do offer lots of vitamins, fiber and water.

Carrots

Carrots contain many vitamins and minerals including vitamin K1 and B6, potassium, fiber and beta carotene. Beta carotene is known to convert into vitamin A when ingested and that is a great antioxidant for your cat. Cats also lack the taste receptors for sweetness, so they won’t taste carrots as such, but they will enjoy the texture of them. [53, 54]

It’s suggested that you steam cook the carrots and chop them up into small pieces to avoid your cat choking. Do not overfeed carrots to your cat, as they can overdose on sugar and develop diabetes.

Spinach

Spinach is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E and K are present throughout spinach including magnesium, folate, calcium and potassium. There is also a considerate amount of fiber to help aid your cat’s digestion and soothe constipation. It’s low in calories and contains some omega-3 fatty acids – all of which will contribute to your cat’s weight management. Spinach can be given to your cat cooked or raw, as long as it’s free of seasonings or sauces. [55, 56]

Spinach must not be given if your cat is suffering from urinary problems. Calcium oxalate found in spinach will cause your cat to develop harmful crystals in its urinary tract and can cause serious problems. Despite that, giving your cat small amounts of spinach occasionally is fine. [57]

Peas

Peas are packed with vitamins A, C and K, fiber and minerals such as iron, manganese, potassium and copper. All of these are great for your cat’s health and helps their gastrointestinal tract. Being high in fiber, peas can help ease occasional constipation. Peas are low in calories, making it a healthy treat for your cat. Give your cat fresh, plain, unsalted and unseasoned peas for the best results. [58]

Do be wary that peas contain small amounts of sugar, feeding your cat large amounts of peas can impose negative side effects such as diarrhea and vomiting. So feed at your own peril.

Broccoli

Broccoli is full of antioxidants which help ward of free radicals in your cat’s body. Also, consuming broccoli can help your cat prevent cancer due to its high amount of antioxidants. Broccoli is a good source of roughage, allowing a healthier digestive system in your cat. In fact, broccoli sprouts also have a high amount of anti cancer activity due to its antioxidants. You can serve your cat broccoli and broccoli sprouts by boiling them unseasoned and unsalted. [59, 60]

Take precautions when feeding broccoli for the first time. Watch for any symptoms afterward, if your cat vomits or has diarrhea stop feeding them broccoli and consult your vet.

Potato

Potatoes are a good source of water, potassium, iron, vitamin B6 and C and magnesium. Raw potato is poisonous to cats due to a toxic chemical called solanine, so avoid giving your cat raw taters! In addition, sweet potato should ideally be avoided even as an occasional treat, as it is associated with obesity in cats due to problems digesting it. [61, 62]

Cooked potatoes (mashed, baked or boiled) are safe to feed your cat, as the toxins get destroyed during the cooking process. Make sure cooked potatoes are free from seasonings and spices (they must be plain) and are cut up in small pieces to avoid choking. Avoid fried potatoes (including bag of chips) as this will have bad consequences due to unhealthy oils and fats.

Cucumber

Cucumber is mostly water, making it a great vegetable to keep your cat hydrated. Cucumber also contains a lot of vitamin K which helps your cat’s liver stay in good condition as it helps with blood clotting. Molybdenum is a mineral that is found in cucumber, which can aid your cat’s metabolism. Other minerals such as potassium, magnesium and copper are in cucumber and these protect your cat’s overall health. [63, 64]

You can give your cat raw cucumber as long you avoid giving them pickled cucumber. Also peel the skin of the cucumber to avoid the likelihood of chemicals being digested (pesticides). Do not overfeed your cat with cucumber, as the high water content can give them diarrhea. [65]

Asparagus

Asparagus is a great source of potassium, folacin, vitamin B6 and thiamin. Asparagus also contains fiber and is considerably low in calories. Asparagus can be given to your cat raw or cooked (boiled or steamed). Make sure you chop the asparagus in small pieces and do not cook with seasonings. [66]

Asparagus must not be given to cats who have urinary tract infections as the high alkaline pH value of asparagus increases the risk of struvite stones forming in their bladder. [67]

Green Beans

Green beans are a good source of potassium, iron, calcium, protein and fiber. Being a high source of protein and fiber, green beans are recommended to help with your cat’s weight problems. Green beans can be given to your cat raw or cooked (steamed/boiled) but make sure you stick with fresh or frozen green beans. Also, chop them up into small pieces to avoid choking. [68]

As always, do not overfeed your cat with green beans as it can lead to nutrition deficiency. Consult your vet if you wish to set up a medical plan to slim down your cat by using green beans. [69]

Bell Peppers

Red and yellow bell peppers both contain a high amount of vitamin C and beta carotene. However, green bell peppers contains the least amount of vitamins and is the least ripe pepper. Your cat is more likely to pick the red bell pepper over the others due to its more flavor and it being the ripest out of the two. Bell peppers can be given to your cat raw, as long as they’re washed, plain and fresh and are cut in small pieces. [70]

It’s said that there is no health benefit to be gained from bell peppers as they mostly contain vitamin C. Your cat does not absorb the vitamins from bell peppers as they naturally produce vitamin C themselves. [71]

Cabbage

Cabbage contains vitamin C and K, fiber and calcium. Cabbage is great to reduce inflammation and the fiber contributes to good digestive health. Red cabbage also contains the same vitamins and minerals as normal cabbage, and some cat owners noticed their cats prefer red to normal cabbage. [72]

You are able to feed your cat raw cabbage but it may be difficult for them to chew it. So cooked cabbage is the best way to avoid your cat choking. Boiling the cabbage without seasonings and cutting it into small pieces is the way to go. Avoid large amounts of cabbage as it is detrimental to your cat’s health.

Lettuce

Lettuce has high fiber content, vitamins A and K, folate and is low in calories. Lettuce is also an incredible source of water, which can be beneficial for cats that struggle to get their water from other sources such as bowls or fountains. [73]

Feed your cat thoroughly washed lettuce (to make sure it’s free from pesticides) and make sure it’s chopped in small pieces for your cat to chomp on. Only feed them small amounts as an occasional treat.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower has an abundance of antioxidants which in return helps with inflammation – this is great for cats suffering from joint related conditions like arthritis. Cauliflower is also full of glucosinolates which are known to have anti-cancer properties. Fiber is also in cauliflower, making it good for cat’s suffering with constipation. [74, 75]

Only feed your cat cooked (steamed) cauliflower with the stem and leaves trimmed off, as raw cauliflower can cause havoc in your cat’s digestive system. Limit their intake as too much can cause digestive issues.

Zucchini

Zucchini is rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese, antioxidants, fiber and it is low in calories. All of which helps to keep your cat’s weight be controlled, helps constipation, frees radicals from cells and protects your cat’s body overall. [76]

Simply wash and cut your zucchini into small pieces (make sure to peel it to remove the bitter taste cats get from green vegetables) and cook it unseasoned. As you must know by now, feeding your cat too much zucchini will lead to bad health. So treat zucchini as an occasional snack for them.

Celery

Celery contains numerous vitamins that are beneficial for your cat’s health and well being. It also contains a good amount of fiber which helps with digestive issues in cats. Celery possesses diuretic properties which in return helps cats with kidney problems. Also, the leaves grown by celery act similar to catnip, making your cat rub their faces into them (I tested my pet cat Thomas with this and he was all over it!). [77, 78]

Thoroughly wash celery to make it free from pesticides and chop it in small pieces so your cat does not choke. Feed celery to your cat in moderation to avoid sickness and diarrhea.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are loaded with enzymes, protein, vitamins A and C, minerals and antioxidants, fiber, folate and amino acids. Boiling Brussel sprouts helps retain softness when ingested in order to avoid choking in your cat. Feed them to your cat in a crushed shape for easier digestion. [79]

Your cat may have a bad reaction when eating Brussel sprouts for the first time. So it’s wise to offer small amounts and in moderation to help minimize diarrhea.

Fruits

As mentioned before, cats do not have the taste receptors to taste sweetness. So they won’t be interested in the sweet flavor of fruits but nevertheless, they can still have some fruits as a treat in moderation. [80]

Make sure to always thoroughly wash your fruit before giving it to your cat, as you don’t want them consuming the harmful pesticides.

Bananas

Bananas are a good source of fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamins B6 and C. You can feed banana to your cat by cutting them into bite size pieces (not the whole banana, about a quarter) either fresh or frozen. Make sure to keep the banana peel out of reach of your cat as they can not digest this. [81, 82]

It’s incredibly rare for cats to be allergic to bananas but it can still happen. Consult your vet if you witness any reactions after your cat eats banana. Feed in moderation to avoid this happening.

Berries

Your cat is able to chomp down on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries. They are all high in antioxidants, flavonoids and fiber. They also contain vitamins A, C, K and E. You can give your cat one of these berries as long as they’re cut in bite size pieces and you feed in moderation. [83, 84, 85, 86, 87]

Melon

Honeydew or cantaloupe are great choices of melon for your cat. They are great sources of vitamins A and C, beta carotene, fiber and antioxidants and they are low in calories. Cantaloupe is often favorited by cats as the scent mimics the smell of proteins in meat. [88, 89, 90]

You can offer your cat small cubes or slices of one of the melons’ flesh, but avoid the rind. Be wary of giving your cat melon as they are high in sugars, so feed in moderation. Avoid the seeds too, as they are a choking hazard.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is full of fiber, water, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, ample minerals and vitamins A, C and K. It is also low in calories and the fiber is a great remedy for diarrhea. The water also helps aid constipation in cats too. [91]

You can feed your cat plain, cooked pumpkin and can use canned pumpkin as long as it is not pumpkin pie filling as it’s full of seasonings. Plain, canned pumpkin packed full of water is the best choice. Feed in moderation to avoid damage to your cat’s health.

Apple

The flesh of apples are full of calcium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, pectin, minerals, fiber and the skin is a good source of phytonutrients. Your cat is able to retrieve the same health benefits from apples as do humans, but make sure to avoid the steam and seeds (contains cyanide) as this is poisonous for your cat. [94, 95]

Feeding your cat small slices or cubes of the flesh and peel is doable. Do not overfeed apple to your cat as this can lead to obesity and diabetes symptoms.

Apricot

Apricot contains dietary fiber that aids digestion for your cat. It is also a great source of vitamins, potassium and beta-carotene. All of which is good for your cat’s overall health and well being. Apricot can be given to your cat in small amounts, as well as dried apricot. However, dried apricot is very unpopular amongst cats as it’s more difficult to eat. [96]

The seeds, leaves and stems of apricot must be avoided as they contain cyanide. These can potentially poison your cat.

Mango

Mangoes are rich in fiber, vitamin A, B6 and C. Small amounts of mango is safe for your cat to eat, as long as you avoid giving the skin and seed. As previously mentioned, the seeds, skin, stem and leaves of most fruits is harmful for your cat due to cyanide. [97]

Mangoes contain 3x the amount of sugar (fructose) as a banana, so feed in moderation to your cat.

Pear

Pears contain lots of fiber which helps your cat digest better. They also contain cancer fighting properties as they are free of sodium, fat and cholesterol. They help lower high blood pressure and are full of antioxidants which helps your cat’s immune system to function well. [98]

When offering pear to your cat, make sure the peel is removed as cats aren’t keen on the peel. Always feed in moderation and make sure they are fresh and not canned. Avoid if your cat has diabetes (some for other sugary fruits).

Pineapple

Pineapple contains vitamins A, B6, folate and C and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. It’s vital to give your cat fresh pineapple instead of canned as canned pineapple is full of sugary syrup and contains preservatives. Always make sure to remove the leaves, thorns and rind before feeding it to your cat. [99]

Feed in moderation (less than a few tiny cubes) as too much can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

Grains

It’s not uncommon for most cat owners to opt for grain-free diets for their cats. They believe grain-free food is good to reduce food allergies such as gastrointestinal upsets and skin issues. However, this is believed to not be the case as most of these allergies are linked to protein sources such as beef and poultry. [100]

That being said, including some grains in your cat’s diet won’t do any harm, as they can provide some beneficial nutrients and they are also found in commercial cat foods.

Rice

Both brown and white rice do wonders for your cat’s digestion, especially with cats that have sensitive stomachs. Cooked, moist rice helps improve digestion by aiding diarrhea and preventing dehydration. The carbohydrates in rice give your cat energy to help them stay quirky during the day. [101, 102, 103]

However, white rice lacks nutritional value for your cat. So it’s important to feed rice to your cat in moderation as too much can lead to malnourishment.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is relatively high in protein and fat. The high protein quality enables your cat to digest better as it contains a good amount of amino acids. It also contains fiber, antioxidants and vitamins B and E, zinc, iron and selenium. All of which benefits your cat’s overall health. Linoleic acid and vitamin E supplements your cat’s skin, fur and liver. [104, 105]

Oatmeal must play a small role in your cat’s diet. Do not overfeed them as it can be bad to their health and give it as an occasional treat. Make sure to prepare oatmeal with water instead of milk, as cats are lactose intolerant.

Corn

Corn contains a good amount of plant based protein and vitamins B and C that can help aid healthy vision. The insoluble fiber in corn also helps with digestion issues that your cat may have. You are able to feed your cat sweetcorn or even popcorn, as long as both are plain, unseasoned and cooked. [106]

Always feed your cat corn in moderation as too much will lead to diarrhea and vomiting. Watch out for any possible allergies when feeding it to your cat for the first time.

Bread

Brown or white bread is one of the grains that provide your cat with no nutritional value as it is mostly carbohydrates. However, it is fine to give your cat plain baked bread but not too much because it’s high in calories, low in protein and very filling which can sabotage your cat’s normal diet. [107, 108]

Feeding your cat tiny bites of bread with no flavorings or toppings is fine. It can be extremely useful for administering oral medication.

The Bottom Line

Every human food that is mentioned in this list must NOT replace your cat’s certified carnivore balanced diet. This list is to guide you, as a pet parent, to understand what human foods are safe to feed your cat if done in a safe and healthy manner.

Always acquire advice from your vet to get the best food to feed your cats daily or occasionally if you have concerns about what to give them. We encourage you to do further research when picking a human food for your cat so that you can further understand the benefits and precautions.

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Nathan Martin

Nathan Martin

Nathan is the owner and founder of Cat Food Friendly. He is a pet parent of three cats named Thomas, Coco and Snowy. He and his team of talented expert writers put together high quality content to help you make the best decisions for your cat.

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