Vitamins, minerals, and fibers are fundamental for healthy nutrition. For this reason, fruit and vegetables could be useful to improve our dog’s and cat’s general wellness.
The most important things in their nutrition are the substances in fruit and vegetables that guarantee a good hydration level.
The supply of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and soluble fibers is also useful to help the digestive system to get its job done.
It’s important to remember that not all fruits and vegetables are good for our pets. Let’s know more about which ones to integrate and which not to.
What fruits and vegetables can cats eat?
We know that the cat is naturally a carnivorous animal but sometimes it can be useful to integrate some vitamins in his diet.
We are going to give you some advice about this theme but it’s important to always consult a specialist s a veterinarian to be sure about it.
Cooked, with steam or boiled, cut in little pieces or purée:
- Carrots: they are simple to be digested, full of fibers and A vitamin;
- Peas: they have so many vegetal proteins with B12 vitamins and magnesium;
- Pumpkin: it’s simple to be digested and it’s perfect to be served with some meat;
- Cucumber: you can give it to your cat both uncooked and boiled because it’s a natural source of water.;
- Lettuce: uncooked or boiled, it’s fatty-less with a high level of fibers;
- Potatoes: they are perfect to get the right balance between daily meals.
You can give little pieces of fruits to your cat as treats but not every day:
- Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries: they have a high level of C vitamin and antioxidants;
- Melon and watermelon: refreshing and hydrating;
- Apple and pear: you can cut them in little pieces and give them between meals;
- Peach: best fruit for cats.
The maximum daily quantity of fruits and vegetables for cats: 15% of the diet.
What fruits and vegetables can dogs eat?
Your dog has to eat both dry and stew food. Fruits and vegetables can be useful to prevent some diseases giving your dog the right quantity of proteins, carbohydrates, and fatty.
They are good to be mixed with meals rich with proteins and fatty:
- Cucumbers, celery, and carrots: crisp and refreshing, they can improve the digestive system process;
- Pumpkin and potatoes: they have to be always cooked and in small quantities because of the high level of carbohydrates;
- Peas and string beans: they are rich of vegetal proteins;
- Zucchini: they are rich of vitamins, magnesium and potassium.
You can give little pieces of fruits to your dog as treats:
- Red fruits: they are good for the right antioxidant level and useful to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cellular aging;
- Apple, pear and banana: dog loves them so much because of their sweet taste. They are also rich of vitamins and potassium;
- Watermelon and melon: so refreshing;
- Peach and apricot: best fruit for our dogs.
Two important tips:
- Take the peel and the stone away (they’re not edible);
- Remember to cook and cut vegetables always.
And what about your dogs or cats? Do they love fruits and vegetables?