When you have pets at home, especially dogs and cats, you can be really tempted to feed them with leftovers from your meal. But veterinarians and other animal experts frown upon doing this.
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What you can give your cat off the table: Some table scraps aren’t harmful or toxic for your cat. Steak, chicken and carrots are three table scraps that are completely OK for cats. In fact, the first two are a better protein source for your cat than commercially available cat food. However, make sure these do not have any preservatives added.
What not to give your cat off the table: The list of things that you cannot give your cat from the table is much longer. Salts, fats, sugar, greasy food, salty food, sweet food, chocolate, caffeine, and food with seasonings are all harmful for your cat. Food with onion and garlic can also be toxic for cats as they cause a type of anemia in them. Avocado, raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure in cats. Tomatoes, something that is common in human diet, are also harmful for cats. Avoid giving anything that contains these ingredients to your cat.
Also, other reasons not to feed cats table scraps include:
The cat might get used to begging for food and beg for food every time you and your family sit down to eat
The cat might get satiated with table scraps and refuse to eat its own, nutritious food
The cat can become malnourished if it eats only table scraps
Human food might be tastier for the cat and it might refuse to eat cat food
With all these reasons in mind, it is safe to say that feeding cats table scraps should be avoided.