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Just for Kids: Special Treats from Your Table

It's important to give your cat a proper diet. But it's fun to share your food with your pet, too. Is there anything you can give your kitty that is safe?

Sure, there is. But you have to know about the eating habits of cats.

Cats are carnivores – this means they like to eat meat. Unlike dogs, which can eat both vegetables and meat, cats can only stay healthy on a meat diet. They need protein and fat, both of which are found in meat. In a nutshell, the best diet for a cat contains everything found in the average mouse: protein, bones for calcium, fats, starches, sugars, fiber and vitamins.

So, if you'd like to share your food occasionally, follow these guidelines:

Remember, treats from your table should be given only occasionally, and it should never be more than 10 percent of your cat's daily intake. Your pet needs a balanced diet provided in cat food.