Safe Treats For Cats

Does your kitty sometimes perk up when you’re eating something she likes, such as chicken or fish? Fluffy isn’t quite as notorious for begging as Fido, but she certainly does enjoy treats. Of course, it’s important to stick with things you know are safe. A Chesapeake, VA vet goes over some key ones below.

Kitty Milk

Those iconic images of cats happily drinking bowls of milk are actually misleading. Most of our feline pals are lactose-intolerant. This is because adult cats’ bodies do not create lactase, an enzyme that is needed to digest milk. Some furballs can tolerate small amounts of milk. However, you’re better off getting your cute pet some cat milk, which you can purchase in stores.


Fluffy is a carnivore by nature, so meat is a great snack for her. There are a few caveats here. First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure your kitty’s meat is fully cooked and free of bones and fat. Limit processed meat, such as hot dogs: these products are often very salty and packed with preservatives. You’ll also want to feed organ meat sparingly. Too much liver, for instance, can lead to Vitamin A toxicity.


Our feline buddies are quite fond of fish and seafood. These foods are very healthy, and are packed with Omega 3 and 6 oils, which are essential for kitties’ health. You can offer Fluffy the occasional can of plain tuna in water. However, this shouldn’t be given regularly or as a substitute for actual cat food, as it doesn’t contain all the nutrients your furball needs. Fluffy can also enjoy plain, cooked fish and seafood, such as salmon, flounder, mackerel, tilapia, crabmeat, and, if you really want to pamper her, lobster.

Cat Grass

Do you sometimes find your furry pal nibbling on your houseplants? Get Fluffy some cat grass or wheat grass. Put the pot on the floor, so she can reach it.

Unsafe Foods

Many people foods are toxic to our feline friends. That list includes garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; avocado; pitted fruits; meat on the bone; raw dough; and anything that contains xylitol and/or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat.

Please reach out to us with questions or concerns about your cat’s diet. As your Chesapeake, VA animal clinic, we’re here to help you keep your pet in purrfect health.

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