Are You Going to Eat That? 6 Human Foods Safe For Cats

I’ve had dogs most of my life. Every time I get a new one, I promise myself I will not allow him to embrace the sensual allure of human food. Dogs will eat just about anything they can get their paws on, and many of the larger dogs are skilled counter surfers. But what about cats?  How much interest do they have in human food? Do you feed your cat food from your plate? There are human foods safe for cats, do you know some of them?

When I am around cats, none of them have shown any desire to take food off of my plate when I am there. I am certain there are some cats that act more like dogs in this regard, and if yours is one of them, then perhaps this can serve as somewhat of a refresher course on certain human foods that are safe for cats.

human foods safe for cats

Here is a brief rundown of a few good foods you can confidently share with your feline friend, courtesy of

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With any of these, serve unseasoned to your cat:


This fish is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is tasty and and often found in commercial cat food. However, never feed raw salmon to your cat!!!


It’s full of vitamins and minerals, as well as iron and calcium. However, if your cat has a history of calcium oxalate bladder stones, do NOT feed spinach to him.


They are another great source of protein and B vitamins and are safe for your cat to eat. Thoroughly cook them before serving them to your cat. Eggs do have fat, so limit the amount you feed your cat.


A personal favorite treat of mine is cantaloupe, and it is perfectly fine to share this with your cat. Rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene, this will help your cat maintain healthy eye and skin health.


Cats can eat many types of meat, and chicken is a great one to serve to your cat. However, just like salmon and eggs, cook it thoroughly and remove the fatty skin before giving it to your cat.  Feed white meat since it isn’t as fatty as dark meat.


And with Autumn upon us, you may want to introduce some pumpkin (do not feed pumpkin pie mix) – the canned variety – to your cat! It’s low in calories and high in fiber! The perfect combination!  Pumpkin works great to relieve constipation, and it also helps calm digestive upset.  Start with a small amount, though, since it does have a good amount of fiber.

If you aren’t a fan of pumpkin and don’t keep some in your pantry, check out Weruva’s Pumpkin Patch Up.  It comes in small packs ready to mix with your cat’s food.

These human foods are safe for cats, but not every cat will like them, so introduce them slowly. If she doesn’t like one of them, try something else. Remember, these are human foods, so when sharing with your cat, do it in moderation.  If you have any concerns at all, be sure to consult your veterinarian first.

Written by Ann Butenas

Ann Butenas

An internationally-recognized author and writer, Ann began her professional writing career at age 12 and began speaking while in college. She has been published thousands of times over the past three decades in all media forms, was former editor and publisher of KC Metro Woman magazine, and has also hosted three talk radio shows in the Kansas City area.

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