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As a Bengal cat parent, it’s extremely important to know which human foods are safe and unsafe for your Bengal. This will help you prevent serious health problems that can result from them ingesting something that’s toxic to them and even save their life.
Since we Bengals are naturally curious, it is very likely for us to stumble upon things that may potentially harm us. And although humans living with Bengals have probably child locked their cabinets already, human food may still be left lying around in the kitchen. Most of the time, no one will think that certain kinds of food safely eaten by humans can have life threatening effects on us felines.
Both raw and cooked meat is safe for Bengals to eat since it’s a part of their normal diet and is actually needed for them to stay healthy. Our body is specifically designed to consume meat.
Keep in mind though we cats can suffer from Vitamin A toxicity if we eat too much liver. So, make sure to provide your Bengal a varied meat diet.
- Whole grains
Oats have a lot of protein, which can be good for your Bengal cat since protein is a very important part of any feline’s diet. Many cats even like corn and polenta, which is a coarsely ground cornmeal. You may even give them brown rice or smaller grains like millet or couscous. Just make sure any grain you allow your Bengal to eat is properly cooked so they can fully digest it.
Avocados are safe for Bengal cats to eat and are a good source of protein and healthy fat, as long as you make sure to peel off the skin. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E and B6—all of which contribute to a healthy coat and skin for your Bengal cat.
- Unseasoned canned pumpkin
In small amounts, unseasoned canned pumpkin can help if your Bengal cat ever has digestive problems, stomach upset, diarrhea or constipation.
We cats are carnivores and meat is an essential part of our diet, but veggies are also safe for us to eat in small amounts as occasional treats.
Safe veggies are:
- Cooked or steamed carrots
- Cooked or steamed broccoli
- Cooked or steamed asparagus
- Cooked or steamed green beans
You’ll notice that a lot of these veggies are listed on your cat food, that’s because they provide essential nutrients that your cat needs along with the vitamins from meat.
We Bengals LOVE butter! I would do anything for just a little bit of that salty, fatty goodness! Too much butter can lead to an upset tummy or Diarrhea, so you cave to make sure to keep the Butter dish covered, but you can be sure that if there is butter around, we’ll want some!
While feeding your cat raw eggs could potentially kill them, scrambled eggs are actually a good source of protein for cats. If you decide to feed your cat eggs, make sure not to season them as too much salt is harmful and we probably won’t like the taste. Also, cat’s have very sensitive mouths, so make sure the eggs are completely cool before serving your Bengal.
- Sugar in moderation
We Bengals are known for our sweet tooths! While most cat breeds dislike the taste of sugar, Bengals actually enjoy the taste. Some of the foods I like are: muffins, cupcakes, doughnuts, cake, frosting, and whipped cream!
Lets be clear, do not feed your cat sugar on a daily basis. However, if your cat breaks into your pastries, don’t be too concerned as it might only give them an upset tummy.
All foods can be classified as unsafe if a Bengal is given too much. Cats have a difficult time digesting carbohydrates, so while a treat every once in a while is fine, make sure to only give them a bit.
- Chocolate, coffee and tea
These contain stimulants that can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory problems for your Bengal cat.
- Milk and cheese
Our digestive tracts are unable to properly break down milk and dairy products, which is why most cats are lactose intolerant. This may cause constipation, vomiting and diarrhea.
Surprisingly, tuna can be dangerous to us cats. In excess, tuna can cause steatitis, which is a painful inflammatory condition that results from high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids and low amounts of Vitamin E. Cats with steatitis will have a dull and greasy coat as well as flaky skin.
Because of its high phosphorus content, walnuts are toxic to cats in general.
- Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raisins can be extremely dangerous to cats, even in small amounts. It can cause sudden kidney failure. After ingestion, you will need to watch if your cat exhibits any of the following within 24 hours:
- Lack of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased urination
- Garlic, onions and mushrooms
Never feed your Bengal cat garlic, onions or mushrooms because they will not be able to digest them.
Knowing which human foods are safe for your Bengal cats to eat will help you to easily steer clear of foods that may cause them harm. It’ll also be easier for you to assess what you need to do next in situations where your Bengal accidentally ingests food that are dangerous for them and you’ll know when to take them to the vet. As a cat owner, keeping in mind these foods is essential in order to take proper care of a cat breed that’s extremely curious and interested in human life.