Which Vegetables To Feed and Not To Feed?

This post is based on my earlier post from Yesterday. Can Cats Be Vegetarians?

Also read Poisonous Human Food and Additived To Avoid In Cat Food And Supplements.

If you want to mix vegetables with a raw meat diet, use a total of two tablespoons (28 gr) of vegetables per pound of meat. And watch carefully for digestive upset, in which case you can safely omit any of these vegetables. Some cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) not only have problems with grains, but also with some vegetables. To avoid this problem, introduce only one vegetable at a time in the diet, and in small amounts.

Finely chop all vegetables to break down the cell walls, because cats typically eat predigested vegetables that are in a prey’s stomach. If you leave the vegetables in large pieces, your cat will probably won’t digest them, and you’ll see bits of vegetables in the litterbox. You can also use a meat grinder or a mixer with the vegetables.

Which Vegetables To Feed?

Carrots – Contains Beta-carotene but high in sugar and carbohydrates.
Pumpkins – Have a low glycemic load, despite being high on glycemic index. It’s also high in fiber, which helps with constipation. It tastes good to cats, especially canned pumpkin. And it has high beta-carotene.
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index and are high in fiber and beta-carotene.
Winter Squash / Acorn – High in moisture and fiber, both of which help with constipation. Steam to soften the skin and beak down cell walls.
Summer Squash / Zucchini – High moisture content and mild taste.
Celery – Celery has mild diuretic properties, benefits the liver, stimulates appetite and helps relieve digestive upset.
Parsnips – Is high in potassium and fiber.
Peas / Green beans – Both have mild smell and taste, and both contain soluble ├índ insoluble fiber. Both must be cooked to cut phytic acid, maximizing mineral absorption.
Mushrooms – All mushrooms are high in fiber. Cooking increases fiber levels and prebiotic amounts.
Portabella – High in oligosaccharides, which help feed gut bacteria, and beta-glucans, which boosts immune system and have antitumor properties.
Maitake / Shiitake – High in beta-glucans.
White Buttons – High in fructo-oligosaccharides, a prebiotic.
Greens / Dandelion Greens / Collard Greens / Kale / Swiss Chard – All contains fiber, calcium, potassium and vitamin k. Dandelion greens has kidney-protective benefits.
Grasses / Wheat / Rye / Oat / Barley – High in vitamin A, B, C, E and K. As well as trace minerals. Also high in chlorophyll and anti-oxidants.

Vegetables To Avoid

Onions – Onions can cause Heinz Body Anemia, a type of damage to red blood cells.
Shallots / Leeks – Related to onions, with the same effect.
Garlic – Same as with the onions.
Vegetables in the nightshade family (white, red or yukon gold potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants)Solanine can cause digestive problems.
Iceberg Lettuce – Has very little nutritional value. Instead, you can use fresh wheat grass on the side or mixed food.
Raw alfalfa / red clover – Contains coumarin, an anticoagulant.
Radish – Are very difficult to digest, causes gas and bloating.

fructo-oligosaccharidesWikipedia
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) also sometimes called oligofructose or oligofructan, are oligosaccharide fructans, used as an alternative sweetener.

Beta-caroteneWikipedia

Glycemic IndexWikipedia
The glycemic index, glycaemic index, or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates in food on blood sugar levels.

Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseWikipedia
In medicine, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine.

Phytic acidWikipedia
Is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially bran and seeds.

Beta-glucans – Wikipedia

Chlorophyll - Wikipedia
Chlorophyll (also chlorophyl) is a green pigment found in almost all plants, algae, and cyanobacteria.

Remember, cats should not eat vegetables only, cats are carnivores and they can’t survive without meat.
If want to know why, read Can Cats Be Vegetarians?

Resources

Wikipedia.com
Whole Health For Happy Cats by Sandy Arora.
Cats.about.Com

19 Responses to “Which Vegetables To Feed and Not To Feed?”

  1. alienredqueen

    Where do you find these pictures? They are so effin’ cute! BTW, if this is what you feed your cats, then they eat better than my kid. :/

    Reply
    • Dianda

      Google!
      The cat is Shironeko. He’s sooo hilarious!
      It’s close to what I feed my cats, haha.

      Reply
  2. Bassas Blog

    Very interesting Dianda. My cat has yet to discover the delights of vegetables – I shall have to show him how delicious they are.

    Reply
  3. happycatgirl

    What a great post, thanks for sharing this! Blue gets a fair amount of rice and likes to eat corn on the cob as well as many vegatables on your list.

    Reply

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