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Pet Blog

Can My Cat Eat: Vegetables Edition

Since cats can’t taste sweet flavors like dogs can, they most likely won’t be interested in eating fruits. However, cats can detect savory umami flavors, which many veggies contain! When switching up your cat’s diet, it’s always best to introduce new foods slowly and carefully.

What Vegetables Can Cats Eat?:

Many veggies are given the green light for cats to eat, but beware...not all food is created equal! While the list below isn’t exhaustive, it gives a good idea of the type of vegetables your feline friend can eat.

Can cats eat carrots?

Your cat can nosh on some cooked carrots, but avoid raw ones, as they may be a choking hazard.

Can cats eat broccoli?

Your kitty is likely to enjoy fresh steamed broccoli or asparagus, just make sure they are cut into small pieces.

Can cats eat corn?

Many cats like corn and polenta, just ensure it is cooked first!

Can cats eat potatoes?

Plain boiled, mashed, or baked white potatoes are fine occasional treats for your kitty. Cats can even eat instant mashed potatoes. As long as potatoes are cooked, they are a paw-some treat.

Can cats eat lettuce?

If your cat loves lettuce and greens, these can be a great source of water and nutrients. Ensure you do not give your cat houseplants to eat though, as these leaves can be toxic!

Can cats eat onions?

Onions are toxic to cats and should not ever be given to them. Garlic is also off the list.

Can cats eat pumpkin?

Sans spice, cooked pumpkin bites in small amounts are a safe treat.

Can cats eat cucumbers?

Cats can eat cucumbers, and they will likely enjoy them.

Can cats eat mushrooms?

Most store-bought mushrooms will have your cat “feline fine” as an every once in a while treat. You should avoid wild mushrooms, as these can be poisonous.

Can cats eat sweet potatoes?

Small, bite-size pieces of cooked (not fried) sweet potato are fine for your cat. Make sure the sweet potato is fresh and completely unseasoned.

Can cats eat peas?

You can include peas in your cat’s regular diet for an additional healthy blend of proteins and carbs.

Can cats eat celery?

Celery is safe for cats, but just like most human foods, it's always best to feed it to your cat in moderation.

Can cats eat green beans?

Green beans are a healthy snack, especially for those kitties that could stand to lose a few pounds. Since green beans are a great source of fiber, they are a good substitute for more traditional kitty treats.

Can cats eat tomatoes?

While small amounts of tomato paste or fresh tomatoes are safe, the toxins found in the stems and leaves on tomatoes can be toxic to cats. So it’s best to avoid tomatoes altogether.

When in doubt, it’s best to stick to high-quality cat food specially formulated to provide your cat with the best digestive health.