It's no secret that vegetables aren't exactly a cat's best friend.
However, sneaking a few veggies into your cat's diet is a great way to change things up a bit, all the while supplying him or her with some essential vitamins and minerals.
Remember, vegetables should only supplement your cat's diet. Cats are obligate carnivores and need meats and fish in their diet to stay healthy.
With that in mind, here are six cat-friendly vegetables you can throw into the mix that provide added health benefits.
1. Cooked Carrots
Carrots are nutritional powerhouses packed with all kinds of good stuff including beta-carotene, a building block of Vitamin A. If you want to feed carrots to your cat, be sure to cook them first and then chop them into small pieces in order to prevent your cat from choking. Baked carrots are a great source of other vitamins including vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamins in the B family as well.
Mom always said to eat your peas, and with good reason. Peas are a great addition to your cat's diet, as they provide a healthy blend of proteins and carbs.
Offering steamed broccoli florets to your cat is a handy and healthy way to dissuade him or her from munching on other plants you might have in your household that might not be cat-friendly. In addition, broccoli is loaded with antioxidants, a welcome addition to any diet. Just make sure you serve it up in small amounts, and cut up in easy-to-digest pieces.
4. Green Beans
Full of fiber, green beans are a great substitute for regular old kitty treats, which aren't quite as healthy. They're an especially good treat substitute for overweight cats.
This green veggie already makes an appearance in many commercial cat food brands. Feeding your cat zucchini provides some additional magnesium, potassium, and manganese - all of which make for a healthy kitty.
6. Winter Squash
Plain, unseasoned winter squash can help regulate your cat's bowels and keep everything moving smoothly in the urinary tract. It can also help alleviate existing GI issues and other health problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
Other dietary additions to regular food include fish oil, apples (but not the seeds!), and deli meats.
If you have any questions or concerns about your cat's dietary requirements, be sure to consult a veterinarian about your cat's nutritional needs before you implement changes.
Do you feed your cat vegetables? Tell us about it in the comments section!
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