It’s only natural for pet owners to want to share some food with their pet dog or cat. Usually, dog and cat owners share morsels of food while they are eating at the dinner table or having a snack. So, knowing what food is safe to share with your furry friend can help bond your friendship and give your pet a tasty treat as well.
Of course, not all foods for humans are good to give to pets. Some foods that we humans love to eat like chocolate can actually be toxic to animals and should never be given as a treat. Also, pets in the home shouldn’t be fed a “human food” diet. This is because dogs and cats have different nutritional needs. If you are concerned about your pet’s diet, then you should speak to your local vet who can give the best advice on pet nutrition.
Let’s look at some foods that are great to share with your pet.
Meat is a great food to share with your canine or feline friend because it is an important source of protein. Most pets in the home won’t turn their noses up at tasty pieces of beef, chicken, and turkey. You can even give deli meats to pets. Just make sure that the meat is well-cooked, doesn’t contain small bones, and is lean.
Pasta and rice
You can also share pasta and rice with your furry friend while you are sitting at the dining table. In fact, you can help boost the nutritional content of dog food by adding some brown rice or pasta to their regular food.
Some cats and dogs love hard boiled eggs and they are also a great source of protein and amino acids to keep your pet’s bones, muscles and blood in good condition. So, why not share a breakfast treat with your pet and boil them an egg as well. However, don’t feed raw eggs to animals because they can make them sick.
While cooking dinner for the family, you can give a piece of cheese to your pet dog. The American Kennel Club says that the types of cheese you can feed your dog are low-fat cheese like mozzarella and cottage cheese. You can also try low-fat cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese. Just remember, that some dogs are lactose intolerant and if you notice any digestive upset, you shouldn’t give any more cheese.