Although cats must eat a meat-based diet in order to thrive, you can also add in some veggies and fruit for extra nutrition.
Because they’re obligate carnivores, cats have to eat meat in order to stay healthy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t share certain veggies and fruits with your kitty. In fact, they can give your cat an extra health boost, as long as he’s already eating a wholesome high quality meat-based diet. Many fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help boost your cat’s immune system and protect him from disease.
Not all cats will eat fruits and vegetables, but give the following a try – even if your kitty only likes one or two, you’re still adding extra nutrition to his diet. Try to use only organic foods if you can; if organic isn’t available, be sure to thoroughly wash any produce before giving it to your cat. Remember also to cut the veggies or fruit into small cat-bite-sized pieces.
Besides containing lots of fiber, antioxidants and powerful plant compounds, broccoli also helps improve digestion. Steam it and mix it in with your cat’s regular diet.
Like broccoli, spinach is another healthy choice – steam and serve as you would with broccoli.
This popular dark leafy green can help promote healthy liver function and assists in reducing inflammation. Try adding a tablespoon of chopped kale daily to your cat’s food.
This is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which aids in keeping your cat regular and in good digestive health. Pumpkin can be helpful whenever your cat is either constipated or has diarrhea. It’s best to puree it before giving it to your cat.
Bananas, cantaloupe, blueberries and strawberries
These fruits are rich in nutrients and can be given as treats. Some cats prefer will be more attracted to fruit than vegetables.
The next time you’re at the market or grocery store, pick up some of these vegetables and fruits to share with your cat. Used as treats, or mixed in with his regular food, fresh produce can add an extra level to his overall well-being.