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Should You Feed Your Cat Table Food?

Sunday, July 21, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT ICE CREAMSometimes it’s hard to resist giving your beautiful cat some food from your dinner table. If you’re a wise cat owner, you will realize that many human foods are not safe for your cat. The reason for this is that humans have vastly different nutritional needs than cats. Even if your cat meows and begs for table food, it just may wreak havoc on your furry feline’s digestive system.

Cats should never have onion, garlic, kelp, grapes or raisins, sugary treats, chocolate, and alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, even in small doses.

If you speak with your vet, you’ll probably find that his list is a lot longer. The truth is, if you examine the fine print, some foods on these warning lists can be safe for your cat — but only in small doses but what is a safe dose? You’re better off avoiding giving your cat any table food.  If you are convinced that your cat should have some table food, ask your vet to recommend the types of food and the amounts that will be safe for your cat to consume. A good, balanced cat food has all of the nutrients that your cat needs. You can give him a variety of food so he doesn’t get bored. I mix one cat of a high quality wet food with three types of high quality dry foods plus a few snacks in the evening. My cats seem perfectly happy and even look forward to their food and snacks.

Remember, your pets count!

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