Best Fruits and Vegetables for Cats

Fat cats are no joke, and we know responsible pet owners like you are doing all you can to help keep your cat as healthy as he can be. If you're thinking of adding fruits and vegetables to your cat's diet, you're probably wondering which foods are safe to feed him. Well, you've come to the right place!

Here's the skinny: Cats don't require fruits and vegetables to balance their nutrition. In fact, cats are obligate carnivores — not omnivores, like dogs and humans are. This means that animal protein is the only type of protein that fulfills a cat's nutritional needs. So, a quality commercial diet approved by your veterinarian is enough to keep him going strong. But if you want to replace high-calorie treats with something fresh from the produce section, these fruits and vegetables (given in small amounts, of course) are safe options. Just remember to always check with your veterinarian before introducing a new food into your cat's diet.

Healthy Treats for Your Cat

Healthy Treats for Cats Baked Carrots

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Baked Carrots

If you think of carrots as a treat for only rabbits, think again! Many cats love them, too. Just make sure to always offer cooked carrots, because raw vegetables can pose a choking hazard or be difficult for cats to digest.

Healthy Treats for Cats Winter Squash

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Cooked Winter Squash

If you're looking for a healthy seasonal snack for your cat, look no further than cooked winter squash. Keep in mind that treats — even healthy ones — should make up less than 10 percent of your cat’s diet. So even if your cat loves it, don't go overboard on the squash!

Healthy Treats for Cats Broccoli

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Steamed Broccoli

If you want to slip your cat a bite of broccoli at dinnertime, go for it. Just remember to steam the veggie first.

Healthy Treats for Cats Green Beans

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Steamed Green Beans

And if your dinners tend to include more green beans than broccoli, you'll be pleased to know that this tasty green (in moderation) is also a great treat for cats.

Healthy Treats for Cats Cantaloupe

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Melon

Felines lack the ability to perceive sweetness, which may reduce the appeal of some fruits, but many cats we know go crazy for cantaloupe and other melons. Remember, safety first: Always wash any fruits or vegetables you're offering and remove rinds and seeds before feeding.

Healthy Treats for Cats Asparagus

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Steamed Asparagus

It may be tough to get your human kids to eat it, but you never know: Your feline family members may love cooked asparagus. For your cat's safety, keep it plain by simply steaming it and avoiding fatty elements like butter and oil.

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