It’s Cook For Your Pets Day! You’ll find all sorts of recipes and articles about cooking for Fido, but what about Fluffy? Man’s Second Best Friend also loves food, and she does have a way of convincing her humans to wait on her. A Louisville, KY vet discusses cooking for your kitty below.
Cats are carnivores, so Fluffy’s diet should be meat-based. Fish and poultry are both very popular with our feline pals. Kitties can have most types of seafood, including whitefish, cod, haddock, trout, salmon, and mackerel. Scallops, shrimp, and crabmeat are fine, too. Fluffy can also have turkey, chicken, duck, quail, or any other type of fowl. As for meat, most types are fine. However, you don’t want to give your pet fatty meats, like bacon or sausage. You’ll also need to limit her intake of organ meats, such as liver and kidney. A little is okay, but too much can cause problems, such as Vitamin A toxicity. Ask your vet for specific advice.
We’ve all seen those iconic images of cats happily lapping up milk at dairy farms. However, that’s actually not accurate. In fact, most kitties are lactose-intolerant. Some cats can tolerate small amounts of milk, but many others have trouble digesting it. Err on the side of caution here, and skip the dairy.
It’s important to know what is and isn’t safe for Fluffy. Cats are usually pretty good about avoiding things that aren’t good for them, but you’ll need to be careful here. Some kitties will eat pretty much anything! Some of the dangerous foods include chocolate; avocado; grapes, currants, and raisins; alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; meat on the bone; garlic and onions; and raw dough or yeast. You’ll also want to leave out spices, butter, and other toppings and seasonings.
Want to do something special for Fluffy? Mix some canned tuna with fat-free yogurt and a little parsley. When it’s the consistency you want, divide it into small portions. (Tip: you may find a bottlecap makes a good cookie cutter for kitty treats.) Pop into the oven and bake until they are crunchy. Let the treats cool before offering them to your furry little friend. This one is also safe for Fido!
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