My furry Sherlock loves to inspect the weekly veggies. She digs in and looks for her favorite carrot. As soon as she finds it, a victorious meow can be heard echoing in the house. She summons me and demands her routine veggie play time. My cat loves it when I dangle the carrot with its leaves over her head.
All that seemed like a lot of fun but it made me wonder if raw carrots were safe for her.
Raw carrots are hard, chunky and rough on your cat’s throat. They don’t pose a threat on her tummy but there is a chance your cat could choke on it. Raw carrots are a big no-no for kittens and adult cats as well. If your cat is like mine and loves carrots, you can give them boiled or steamed carrots instead.
Can cats eat cooked carrots?
Most cats love cooked carrots. Since they are soft and tender when cooked, its easy to eat for cats. They pose no threat of choking either. Plain cooked carrots are just perfect for your kitty.
Avoid seasoning, butter or herbs while cooking carrots. Many pet parents don’t realize that certain ingredients that’s safe for human consumption can be toxic and life threatening to their fur babies. Garlic & Onion among other ingredients are toxic to cats. Avoid them at all cost.
Cats are primarily meat eaters and don’t prefer vegetables. If you’re still considering adding some veggies to your cats’ daily diet, I would recommend a small portion mixed in with their meats.
Carrots contain carbs and natural sugars which can cause digestive issues in later stages of your cat’s life.
Can cats eat Carrot Cake?
Most celebrations and good times consist of cake. So, let’s say it’s your kitty’s birthday and you want to bake them a carrot cake. Now comes the real question: Can cats eat cake?
Cakes that are meant for humans are high in sugar. They are unsafe for cats, don’t offer any nutritional value and therefore should be avoided.
If you want to do something special for your little munchkin’s birthday, don’t fret. I found you a cake recipe that’s safe for cats. This recipe is a tasty & healthy alternative. Your kitty will pounce on you for a bite of goodness.
Carrot cake recipe that’s safe for cats:
- Flour – 1/4 cup
- Carrot (shredded) – ¼ cup
- Canola Oil – 2 Tbsp
- Water – 2 Tbsp
- Egg – ½
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and bake at 350F for 30 mins. Let it cool and watch your fur baby gobble them down.
Can cats eat Baby Carrot?
Avoid raw baby carrots as they pose the same threat of choking as normal carrots. Instead cats can safely eat boiled, steamed or baked baby carrots. To make it easy for younger cats to eat, mash them into a puree. While cooking, avoid adding any spice or seasoning.
Do Cats eat Vegetables in the Wild?
Cats don’t eat fruits and vegetables. They are carnivores and meat is their staple diet. In the wild, they hunt Mice, Rabbits, Squirrels, Lizards & Insects for a living. They like to munch on grass or leaves occasionally; not as a part of their diet but to naturally cleanse their gut.
Cats’ taste buds are different from humans. They cannot taste sweetness like we do. I don’t recommend raw carrots for your cat as they could choke on them. Boiled/cooked carrots on the other hand can be safely fed to cats. Use raw carrot and its leaves to play with them instead. Make them hunt for it. Mimicking hunt and play is a very good way to keep your cat on their paws.