5 Human Foods Cats Can Eat

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Eggs are a great source of protein for cats and humans alike.
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Eggs are great for humans and cats because they're rich in protein. In fact, many books that promote natural cat diets strongly encourage owners to give their cats eggs. After all, in the wild, cats would occasionally raid the nests of birds. Vets agree that cooked eggs, such as scrambled or hard-boiled, make an excellent and nutritious treat for a cat.

However, although some natural diet books recommend raw eggs -- which provide more nutritional benefits and are what a cat would get in the wild -- Dr. Colleran again says this is too dangerous. Salmonella and E. coli have become too much of a risk. "Not only do you not want to make your cat sick," she notes, "but you don't want to bring those kinds of organisms into your environment." This can be a problem if, for instance, something harmful passes through the animal but remains in its excrement.

Another concern is that eggs are very allergenic. Dr. Colleran recommends watching for manifestations of an allergic reaction if you do feed your cat eggs.

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