We used to believe that feeding pets from the table was a bad thing. Pet industry leaders say that it’s bad for our cats to eat ‘people food’. They also say that it’ll create behavioral problems in pets. We don’t believe that anymore. If you want to feed your cat table scraps, do it – but know the difference between what is good and bad for them.
Let’s get something straight here: there’s no such thing as “pet food” and “human food”. Food is food, period. The only reason that there’s a difference in the food that our cats eat vs. what we eat is the quality of ingredients. Government officials don’t recognize 3 D meat, for instance, as “fit for human consumption” so it can’t be sold to humans. It can, however, be included in pet food.
So, in essence, if you feed your cat table scraps you’re giving her better food than the crap that comes in a bag. That being said, there are some human foods that are toxic to cats – so avoid feeding these table scraps:
- Chocolate. While most cats won’t eat this because their smell sensors tell them that it’s toxic, some kitties will. Don’t feed it, however, because it can cause serious illness in cats.
- Onions and Chives. Studies have shown that even a small amount of these can be fatal to some cats. Don’t take the chance. If you cook your food with onions, please forgo feeding your cat from the table.
- Garlic. A small amount of this can actually be beneficial to kitties, but too much can be detrimental. Don’t feed your cat table scraps if you add a lot of garlic to your dinner.
- Grapes and Raisins. Studies say these fruits are highly toxic to felines. Be careful when consuming them around your kitties.
- Alcohol. Don’t be dumb.
There are other toxic foods that cats shouldn’t eat as well, so do your research before letting your kitty chow down on your dinner plate. Meat is the best food you can feed your cat from the table. Felines are obligate carnivores so they need meat to survive. Giving them meat will help boost their overall health as well as make them feel special. 🙂