One sure way to keep our pets healthy and happy is to ensure that they feed on a balanced and nutritionally wholesome diet. It is recommended that cats have access to clean drinking water apart from a well-balanced, meat-based diet (being carnivores, cats cannot be vegetarians). Further, cats eat several small meals a day which puts emphasis on the fact that they enjoy a balanced diet compatible to their age, health status and lifestyle. This shall keep them fit and strong. Few human foods which can be given to cats are –
Meat - Unlike their human counterparts, cats derive nutrition from meat and not from vegetables and carbs since they are carnivores. They are known to have healthy hearts and reproductive systems as well as good eyes due to the fact that the protein from meat is highly beneficial for them.
Eggs - Eggs are a very good source of vitamin B, which is extremely healthy for felines. A small bit should be given first to check for any allergic reaction since some cats are prone to allergy. Like in the case of fish and meat, eggs also need to be well cooked before being consumed by them. However, it should be over ensured that there are no traces of shell in the egg.
Fish - One important fact which should always be remembered is that cats should never be given canned fish since the oil and salt content in these are rather high and are just not suitable for them. Fish should always be boiled to get rid of the oil before feeding it to the pet. The white and boneless kind of fish is the healthiest for our felines. Salmon, trout, tuna and sardines are rich in omega 3 and omega 6 which are good for cat's fur. Even though cats like smoked fish a lot, it is not suitable for them.
Milk & Milk products - Cats might just be able to safely handle small portions of cottage cheese, yogurt or even sour cream. It is well known that dairy products to felines should be given in very small amount at first to see its effect on the digestive system. Cats could also be given low-lactose varieties of cheese and milk.
Vegetables - One sure sign of cats chewing on houseplants is that they may be in need of more fiber in their diet. Small portions of baked or steamed vegetables like carrots, broccoli, asparagus or squash can always be given.
Whole Grains - Unlike refined grains, whole grains contain full amount of vitamins, iron and fiber that provide a wholesome nutrition value to cats. A well-balanced diet of human foods such as oatmeal (with water), maize, and brown rice are immensely enjoyed by cats.
Turmeric - This readily available spice possesses powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which facilitate reduction in pain, mobility of joints and also reduces the risk of the cat developing a wide variety of chronic diseases.
Cats can consume many foods that we humans eat. However, one basic and important fact that should never be overlooked is that these foods should not be given raw or even overly seasoned. Further, it should be kept in mind that salt, sugar, pepper, vinegar and various other condiments are harmful for cat's health.