How can vegetables satisfy a cat’s appetite without packing on extra pounds?

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Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they need to eat the meat of other animals in order to survive, and have their overall nutritional needs met on a regular basis. In the wild, cats rarely eat vegetables because their bodies were simply not meant to metabolize these substances.

If you are trying to help your overweight cat slim down, and he appears to be ravenous, then you may find that certain types of vegetables can help to fill up a feline’s tummy without further contributing to weight problems. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables that you should avoid offering to cats, but the following are considered to be safe for cats to ingest:

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Beans

Cats are not designed to consume vegetables as a major part of their diet, so they should continue to get at least 80 percent of their nutrition from whole meat sources like beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and venison. However, if you boil or steam certain types of vegetables, you can easily mix them up with the canned food or whole meats that you are feeding your cat. This is one way he can still get a full belly without all of the added calories that he doesn’t necessarily need.

Avoid feeding your cat onions, chives, and garlic as these food items can lead to anemia and other types of damage to his health. If you have any questions or concerns about the vegetables that you want to feed to your cat, you should never hesitate to speak to your veterinarian about it. Your vet is always going to be the best source of nutritional information when it comes to your pets.

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