Last week, I was chatting with Callie's previous owner as she shared some things I might want or need to know about my new cat. What does Callie like to eat? Well, according to her former mom she loves to eat bananas. I thought it was weird, but bananas are tasty. Apparently, Callie also likes to eat Goldfish cheese crackers.
I've never seen a cat eat a banana before, so I had to give her a bite. She licked it for a while and then went on about her business.
Then, I had to make sure bananas were safe for cats to eat. What if I was feeding my cat a dangerous food? Working as a vet tech, I'd never heard of banana toxicity in cats so I assumed it was OK. But, I wanted to double check - just in case. The only information I can find says that yes, bananas are safe for cats to eat. Only in moderation however, because cats are carnivores and bananas aren't meat.
I've also had a lot of people ask me if it was OK to give their cat dog food. Well, a nibble of dog kibble here and there isn't going to hurt your cat. However, cats should not be fed solely on a diet of dog food. Dog food does not contain enough proteins or fatty acids for cats, and feeding your cat a dog food diet will lead to severe undernourishment over time.
What other dangerous foods for cats are there? Cooked bones, onions, garlic, chives, chocolate, and cow's milk just to name a few. If you'd like to see a more complete list, check out this infographic from Vet-Medic. It's titled "Cats: Treat vs. Poison" and is helpful in identifying dangerous foods for cats.
We all know someone who likes to give their cats leftovers. My mom was really bad about this. She would save every little leftover piece of food for her cats to eat. Sharing this infographic can help educate others and keep their cats healthy and safe.
|Click here to see the full infographic about dangerous foods for your cat.|
The "Treats vs Poison" infographic also gave me some good ideas on new treats to try with Callie. I'm sure she'd love some canned fish, like sardines. Or maybe some melon? She likes bananas after all. I had no idea that melon could help with digestive issues, but apparently it can. (See - learning something new everyday!)
Vet-Medic's infographic also discusses the pros and cons of giving raw meaty bones to your cat. Something I've never personally tried, but it does interest me.
What about your cat - do they like to eat anything "weird"? What's their favorite treat?
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