Can I safely feed my cat baby carrots?
There are many fruits and vegetables that are perfectly safe for cats to consume. Carrots fall into the safe category, but there are a few things that cat owners should be aware of when feeding their cats baby carrots.
Your cat’s jaw is definitely capable of crunching into a raw baby carrot, but carrots can sometimes pose a choking hazard to cats. For this reason, it is often recommended that the carrots are boiled, steamed or even par-boiled just to soften them up a little bit.
Your cat’s body has been designed by nature to survive off meat, so vegetables such as baby carrots should not be a primary part of his or her diet. You can safely feed your cat vegetables, but 80percent of your cat’s diet should remain exclusively whole lean meat or fish. Always make sure that your cat is getting adequate protein in his diet in order to ensure continued good health.
If you are enjoying baby carrots in a stew or salad, then you may be tempted to share a few with your carrot-craving cat. Be very careful not to share carrots that could have come in contact with onions, garlic, chives, salt, or any of the other foods that have been proven toxic to cats.
Overall, if your cat enjoys a few baby carrots in his diet, you shouldn’t have much of a problem offering them safely. Just be sure to closely observe your cat if you are feeding them to him raw. This will allow you to help immediately if your feline begins to choke.