Cat owners often find themselves asking, “Should I feed my cat vegetables?”. When our cats are starting to get obese, or simply because we think it might benefit them nutritionally, cat owners consider feeding their cats vegetables. After all, vegetables are healthy for humans. Then, it must be healthy for cats as well.
This notion could not be farther from the truth. Cats and humans have very different digestive features and very different nutritional needs. Cats have evolved to solely eat meats. Because of this, they do not have the necessary enzymes to digest and benefit from vegetables. Hence, they are a testament to the saying: “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Needless to say, cats are strict carnivores and the introduction of vegetables to their diet does not benefit them. In fact, it often proves to be detrimental when fed significant and frequent bouts.
From an upset stomach to organ deceases, problems that arise from felines ingesting significant amounts of vegetables are well documented.
As the simple and direct answer to the question, “Should cat parents feed their pets vegetables?” would be no.
Stick to feeding your cat meat and animal-based cat food for maximum health. This kind of food is best suited for them. Animal protein, unlike plant-based proteins, have the complete amino acid and Taurine that cats have the ability to easy process and benefit from. The absence of these vital substances would lead to a multitude of deceases like blindness and heart problems and, as documented in the ’80s, be fatal.
Further, there are vegetables that are especially toxic to cats.
Although traces for onions in dishes and sauces would most likely not cause health problems, eating even a slice of onion would cause digestive problems for cats. Frequent and significant occurrences would lead to anemia and open more health problems.
Garlic is considered poisonous for cats because they cause the blood cells to erupt and, consequently, cause anemia. Garlic is even more potent than onions so care must be exercised not to feed your cats this pungent vegetable.
- Peanut Butter
Cats’ tongues do not have the ability to enjoy the sensation of sweetness. In addition to the fact that peanuts do not have minerals and vitamins that cats can benefit from, they do not really have the ability to palatally enjoy it. Further, the thick and sticky consistency of peanut butter is also a choking hazard and might leave your cat’s throat irritated. There really is no logical reason to feed cats peanut butter.
Cats must live as close to their natural inclinations as possible. This also means that they get fed food that will nourish their bodies and make them more healthy. The bottom line would be to get your cats away from vegetables and invest in high-quality animal-protein based cat food for your furry babies.
As a parting note, I’ll leave you with: Never make your cats vegan.