These are All the Foods You can Safely Feed your Pets

If you have ever been lucky enough to own a pet, then you will know that most animals have nothing on their mind apart from sourcing their next meal. Animals function on their basic instinct, so it is completely understandable that they find the need to ingest anything that they cross paths with.

If you are someone that has an animal, then you have definitely spent your fair share of time wrestling your pet to the ground to pry what they have managed to chew up out of their mouth. You have probably had the experience of googling every type of food in the world in order to check whether or not that food is safe for consumption.

Obviously, every species is different and different animals will be able to digest different things, but as a way to make your life a little easier we have put together a list of foods that are safe to feed your pets, so you don’t have to worry about your beloved family animal being taken out by a loose Haribo. To make it a little easier to remember, we have also broken it down into categories.

Fruit and Veg

In humans, all fruit and veg are regularly recommended and encouraged to be a big part of your diet. For humans, fruit and veg give us all of the necessary nutrients that mean that our bodies are able to function correctly and thrive. Though these fruits and vegetables may be good for us, they are not always good for your pet. For this reason, it is important to distinguish between what fruit and vegetables are good and bad for your pets.

You will be glad to know that the majority of fruit and vegetables are actually perfectly fine for your pets, in fact, it is encouraged that you try and integrate vegetables and fruits into your pet’s daily diet. However, depending on what pet you have, you do have to be careful about what fruit and veg you give your pet.

For the most part, your animal will be fine to eat any vegetables. However, much like humans, animals can react sometimes to certain vegetables. During Christmas when you get given a collection of veg that you don’t like, you may ask yourself, ‘ can dogs eat Brussel sprouts ?’. Though dogs are able to eat Brussel sprouts, it is recommended that you avoid giving them more than one. This is because, just like humans, Brussel sprouts can be a bit too greasy for a dog’s digestive system. This means that your dog would be fine in terms of their health, but you may have to deal with them enduring some toilet issues, which won’t be fun for either of you.

Fruit prep 

As I have said, most fruits and vegetables are absolutely fine for your pet. However, you need to make sure that you prepare the fruit and vegetables so that they are completely safe. As you may know, fruit and vegetables have stones and seeds inside.  These can be potential choking hazards for your pet and so you should take the necessary steps to make sure that they are not digesting them when they are eating the fruit and vegetables. Not only are the stones and seeds choking habits, but they are also highly toxic for your animal and can include trace amounts of toxins that hurt animals a lot more than they hurt humans, so be sure to be wary.  

Fruit and vegetables safe for cats 

Cats are a bit more difficult when it comes to food as they are limited in what they can eat. Cats are carnivores which means they won’t be as inclined to eat fruits and vegs as they are meat, but with any animal, they are curious which means that they can be inclined to eat any food that you put in front of them.  

 Due to this fact, it is important to make sure that you are careful about what your pet eats. When it comes to cats then you will want to make sure that the food that they do eat is cooked. So if your cat shows interest in asparagus, make sure that they are at least steamed so that they don’t get sick. The same can be said about other harder veg such as carrots, as this is difficult for your pet to eat and can lead to choking.  

Meats 

It is likely that most of your pets are going to be carnivores, because of this none of the meat that you have within your house will be safe. This can be extremely annoying if you are trying to prepare or marinate your meat on the side as they love to help themselves.  However, it is extremely dangerous for your cats to eat raw or undercooked food, so be sure to make sure that any meat that you leave out is cooked so that your cat doesn’t get ill, remember that animals have digestive systems just like humans and can easily get sick.  

Dogs and meat

Dogs are a lot easier when it comes to feeding them meat. They are far more resilient than a cat or smaller animal. However, you still need to make sure that they are not being heavily exposed to fatty meats that can potentially ruin their cholesterol and make them sick.