‘What human food can cats eat’ is one of the most popular search terms on the world wide web when it comes to our domesticated friends. Although our cat food online provides your feline with a complete cat food and a diet full of all the foods cats can eat, we often like to spoil our favourites with human food for cats. What food do cats like and knowing exactly what is safe for them can be tricky to navigate, especially over christmas when there’s plenty of food for all the family.
We decided to embark on a culinary adventure of some of the safest (and tastiest and ones to watch) human food for cats we could find, starting with a Christmas special, so you can share your supper with your favourite festive fur ball.
Although we know cats are obligate carnivores and love nothing more than a meaty feast, that doesn’t mean that all meats in the Christmas spread will be safe for the purr machines. Strictly speaking, small pieces of lean, unseasoned meat from your leftovers are ok, but anything smothered in goose fat, gravy or stuffing is best to be avoided when it comes to our kitties.
So if you find your cat begging for food at the boxing day buffet, here are some jolly delicacies we can share, so the cats don’t think we’re total scrooges:
Safe treats for cat consumption –
- Slithers of cooked meat like we mentioned before make for a great high protein cat food over christmas – be sure to lay off the seasoning though to avoid any stomach upsets.
- Despite their carnivorous nature, veggies will do the floofs no harm in small portions, so pick them up some parsnips, carrots, swede and even a sprout! That’s right, those little green guys that divide the nation are safe for your sabretooth, and those that aren’t so keen know which way to pass them under the dinner table this year.
- Now who doesn’t love a cheeseboard at the end of the feast, even though you probably feel the most full you’ve ever felt? The cheese and biscuits always come out at this time of year, and surprisingly the cats can get involved too, in moderation of course! A small slice of cheddar is the perfect way to round off your furball’s fine dining experience as the winter night draws in and grandad’s brought out the port – just makes sure any cheese shared is free from harmful ingredients such as garlic, currants and blue cheese mould. Sorry Twinkles, no stilton for you.
- Why not go all out and include our Republic Duck & Venison Charcuterie and create an entire kitty-friendly sharing platter? The perfect post-catnap indulgence, grain-free and a totally healthy treat.
A lot of our festive favourites must stay that way, ours. For human consumption only! To keep your cat safe this Christmas, here’s a list of what to absolutely avoid:
The kittycat no no’s –
- Onions and the allium veg group (including leeks, chives, garlic and shallots) are a definite no go. Not necessarily common knowledge, but onions are in fact toxic to our favourite little lions, and without putting a downer on our favourite day of the year, if consumed by your cat, some cases can lead to death. Avoid at all costs, and keep any food containing onion covered and sealed in case the cats try sneaking a bit of stuffing. The risk far outweighs the reward.
- Tabbies who need low fat cat food had best avoid bacon altogether. In fact, most of our mogs should stay away from bacon and chestnuts (both super popular at christmas) due to their high fat and salt content not being suitable for our feline friends. Sorry puss, those pigs in blankets are strictly off the menu, only humans allowed.
- Now if you find yourself owning a sphynx with a sweet tooth, be sure to keep the cranberry sauce stashed away. It’s far too sugary for our mousers to handle, and who really wants to deal with a cat on a sugar comedown on Christmas day night.
- Grapes, and other dried varieties like sultanas, currants and raisins, key ingredients in our festive faves such as mince pies and christmas pudding, are extremely toxic to our floofsters. So whilst you’re flaming up the fruitcake at the dining table this year, be sure not to drop any crumbs once dished up, as these sweet little treats are a serious no go.
- Chocolate also must be avoided. Just like with dogs, the sweet stuff is toxic to our pals on all fours, so make sure the Terry’s Chocolate Orange (other stocking fillers are available) are sealed and stashed safely away from wandering paws.
So there you have it, you can indeed pull up a chair and save a spot for your favourite furry guest at the dinner table this Christmas. You can always start with a tin of their favourite Republic recipe – we may be biased but we’re pretty sure our delicious stew with tender beef and tomato gravy trumps anything the humans could cook up. We’d love to see the spreads you put on for your little monsters this season, so tag us in all of your holiday snaps and stories over on the gram @republicofcats or drop a pic in our Facebook Community. Merry Christmas x
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By Lois Roberts