There are a number of reasons you may want to add vegetables to your cat’s diet. Be it to get additional vitamins and minerals into your cat, wanting your cat to be vegetarian/vegan or something else. Thousands of years of evolution and instinct has made cats predominantly meat eaters but they can consume vegetables. In this article, we will be going over how to make your cat eat vegetables to meet your wishes.
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How To Make Your Cat Eat Vegetables
If you are wanting to split your cat’s diet between a high-quality meat-based food and a vegetable-based one. Simply split your cats meal 50/50 or 75/25 between the two food mixes.
Chopping Your Own Vegetables
When first introducing your cat to vegetables we advise a ratio of 75% normal food and 25% diced vegetables. This allows the cat some familiarity in its meals while also adding the option for healthy vegetables. You may find that your cat will surgically consume the meat-based food while leaving the vegetables.
There are a number of reasons this may happen. Your cat may not enjoy the flavor of the vegetables. Most commonly, it is due to the vegetables being too hard for your cat to chew. A simple workaround for this is to steam the vegetables before dicing them. The vegetables become much softer and most cats usually prefer them this way.
Can Cats Eat Raw Carrots
There are two common questions we see asked regarding carrots. The first is “can cat’s eat raw carrots?” the second is “are carrots bad for cats?”. Cat’s can eat carrots without any problems, in fact, some cats really enjoy a boiled carrot. We advise you always cook the carrots as they can possess a choking hazard if fed raw.
Carrots can be an excellent source of vitamins A, K1 and B6. It also has a large amount of biotin and potassium that can help your cat lead a healthy life. Additional benefits include Alpha-carotene, Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Polyacetylenes, and Anthocyanins.
Can Cats Eat Broccoli
If you steam the broccoli before offering it to your cats then it can be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It is jam-packed with vitamins C, K, E, B6, A, B2, B1, and B3. It is also an excellent source of the following minerals chromium, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, manganese, choline, potassium, and iron.
Can Cats Eat Peas
Peas are one of the few vegetables that can be consumed by cats without the need for chopping or dicing. They can easily be mixed in with other cat foods to get their vitamins and minerals into your cat. They contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and K. Peas also contain large amounts of manganese, fiber, copper, phosphorus, folate, and zinc.
Can Cats Eat Green Beans
Green beans can be another excellent source of vitamins and minerals for your cat. It is important that you chop or dice them before feeding them to your cat as they can be a choking hazard. It is also important to either steam or cook them. They contain vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. It is also an excellent source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate and Pantothenic Acid.
Can Cats Eat Asparagus
We recommend you chop or dice boil or steam asparagus before offering it to your cat. This makes it easier for your cat to chew and swallow it without any problems. Asparagus is also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K as well as iron, copper, folate, calcium, fiber, and protein.
Can Cats Eat Squash
Cat’s can eat all varieties of squash without issue. We always advise you cook it first to help reduce the possible choking hazard. Squash is an excellent source of a number of nutrients. It contains magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C.
Can Cats Eat Onion
We do NOT recommend you feed your cat any onion. A common question is how much onion is toxic to cats? In truth, even a small amount can be. Onions contain both disulfides and sulphoxide that are both toxic to cats.
Can Cats Eat Garlic
Another question we see asked a lot is “how much garlic is toxic to cats?“. Similar to onions, you should never feed your cat garlic. Although there are a number of garlic poisoning symptoms that can be shown in cats with the main one being digestive upset. We do NOT recommend that you feed your cats garlic.
Can Cats Eat Mushrooms
Mushrooms are highly toxic to cats and can actually be lethal to them. It is never recommended that you feed your cats mushrooms of any kind. Be careful when putting mushroom scraps in the garbage as your cat may be able to get to them.
Do Cats Eat Vegetables In The Wild
Although cats are predominantly meat eaters in the wild they do eat some plant-based foods when required. As they do not have access to the most vegetables while in the wild, they usually have to go with what they can get.
It is not uncommon for cats to eat grass or other plant-based foods to help with digestion. It is a natural way for cats to deal with hairballs.
Another plant-based food cats have been observed consuming in the wild is the catnip plant. Although this is more for leisure than for nutrition.