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Are Human Foods Okay for Cats to Eat?

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Q: Are human foods okay for cats to eat?

A: Some cats, both domesticated and feral, like to eat unusual foods. When your feral cat looks up at you with those big brown eyes and begs for just a taste, is it safe to share your food with her? Read on to discover which human foods are safe for cats—and which foods are potentially dangerous.

Since wild cats’ original diet was 100% carnivorous, foods from animal origins are usually okay. Plants may not be okay for your outdoor cat. As always, remember that moderation is key. Be aware that your kitty may also have unique allergies.

Foods that are safe in moderation:

Melons, cantaloupe, and lettuce seem to be fine for most cats.

Apples, bananas, and sweet potatoes are enjoyed by some cats.

In small quantities, both ice cream and meat are generally okay.

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Foods that are potentially dangerous for cats:

Fatty meats and large helpings of cold cut meats may make your cat ill.

Onions and garlic have oxidizing agents that can damage cats’ blood cells. It can cause Heinz Body anemia.

Grapes have been shown to be dangerous to dogs’ kidneys, so they are not recommended for cats either.

Several types of greens—mustard greens, collard greens, kale, spinach, and Swiss chard—are believed to pose a health risk to cats.

Chocolate is potentially toxic to cats.

Surprisingly, there are many foods that seem to be safe in small quantities. Some cats love to eat human foods like French fries, bread, pickles, and marshmallows. What unusual foods does your cat enjoy?

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