You may have noticed when shopping for cat food, there are a lot of options when it comes to meat and poultry. When looking at a cat’s natural diet in the wild, you have to assume a house cat will not be able to take down something more than twice its size. You must also note that they are not so great at catching prey in the water. So, what are the best and worst meats to feed your kitty?

Best Options

The options below are considered best for your cat because they can actually prey on them in the wild. Yes, this means they can actually catch and kill these. These meats (and poultry) also provide key nutritional balance with minerals and vitamins that are easy to digest for cats.

  • Chicken

  • Eggs

  • Turkey

  • Rabbit

  • Duck

  • Quail

Limited Options

The options below are not normal prey material for your cat but most meat cuts and catches are safe. You do not want these to make up more than 40% of your cat’s diet because they do not supply the proper nutrition for a house cat. Also, not to point out the obvious, but your cat cannot kill or catch cows, lambs, or whitefish.

  • Lamb

  • Beef

  • Whitefish

Avoid/Use Sparingly Options

Many people assume that seafood is the best option for their cat, but when was the last time you seen a house cat hunting for food in the water!? This alone is enough to limit these foods BUT what makes matters worse is that most seafood catches in animal food are low quality and can contain high amounts of lead and mercury. These are best to be used as a seldom treat or not at all. Yes, pork makes this list as well because they offer very low nutritional value for your cat.

  • Crustaceans

  • Tuna

  • Salmon

  • Pork

Be sure to check treats as well, most cat owners use treats as 15% of their cats daily diet. A lot of treats hide cheap filler from tuna, beef, and low-quality chicken byproducts.

Never feed your cat raw meat unless you know the exact source it comes from (i.e. your own farm). There are raw options on the market that are better for your cat than doing it yourself. Human grade meat doesn’t have any of the added minerals needed for your cat’s health and this can lead to health problems.

What is your cat's favorite meat to eat? Let us know in the comments!

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My cat loves eggs and chicken 🙂