Human foods as pet treats by Jacqueline Valencia
You’re sitting at the dinner table minding your business on your plate. You look over and you see big eyes in a face full of fur waiting expectantly at you. What do you do? Well, for one, you have a conversation with your cat or dog and make sure you do the voice for them.
“Oh would Buster like a piece of papa’s pizza?”
Buster, of course, would probably bark a big yes!
However, as much as we love our pets, there are a lot of things that are great and other things that are just not good for their systems. Let’s take a look.
Fruits and Vegetables - packed with vitamins and antioxidants these treats
Fresh, washed, and without peels or seeds.
Kiwis (remove peel and seeds)
Pumpkin (real pumpkin - canned is ok, no pumpkin filling)
Watermelon (remove skin, rind, and seeds)
Meats - cooked, bones removed as these can be choking hazards
Protein is a very important part of your pet’s nutrition
Dairy - (most cats are lactose intolerant and like humans, dogs can be too, so check with your vet, especially with this category)
Yogurt - in moderation
Cheese - good in hard cheeses or cottage cheese
Ice cream (no to chocolate or anything with artificial sweeteners)
Popcorn (unsalted and unflavoured)
Peanut butter—be sure the brand you select does not contain xylitol or added sugar
Foods that are poisonous to your pets
Lemons and limes
Tea (anything with caffeine in it)
Anything containing Xylitol
Tomatoes (contain solanine which is toxic to cats and harmful to dogs)
As with human daily nutrition, every food and treat is great in moderation, especially for pets. Keep things unseasoned, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and fresh, meats cooked.
Keep a close eye on your pet if you do feed them new foods and check with your vet beforehand if certain foods are ok. And when in doubt, give your pets their regular foods with the occasional treats, which you can also find here!: https://humblelittlepets.com/collections/treats
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