If you have breast cancer, you want to strengthen your body’s resources as well as possible. This includes giving it nutritious, cancer-reducing foods.
But if your personal treatment plan includes your family cat’s cuddles, you want to make sure you eat cat – friendly foods as well. Luckily, your furry banker has some built-in snacks.
“Cats differentiate consumers,” says Nora Badal, DVM, an emergency veterinarian in Ventura, CA.
“When it comes to food, they do not eat things that they think will not taste good. The things they do not taste good about are often harmful foods, so they usually stay away from them. ”
If you manage cancer, stress and treatment can ruin your appetite. However, it is important to get the necessary nutrients.
As a rule, it is best to keep your snacks to yourself when hanging out with your cat friend. People’s food tends to harm cats’ stomachs. But they will probably be fine if they get a few bites of these foods:
Bite size vegetables.
Eating the rainbow – foods of different colors – is great for your health. The colorful vegetables (and also fruits) contain many antioxidants.
Get your orange from carrots and your green and yellow from peppers and pumpkin. Most vegetables are safe for cats.
Take a look at the ASPCA’s list of poisonous and non-toxic plants before letting your cat try a new vegetable.
2. A bowl of grain.
Cancer (and some treatments) can cause constipation. Getting more fiber can help.
A bowl of cereal is one of the easiest snacks. Skip the sweet sauce and instead pour a bowl of fiber cereal with 5 grams or more per serving.
Add a few tablespoons of unprocessed wheat bran for an extra fiber boost.
If you ingest grain with milk, do not share it quickly with your cat. Despite what you may have seen in cartoons, a bowl of milk is not the best option for a cat. Many cats are lactose intolerant and too much dairy can bother their stomach.
4. Cheese and biscuits.
Combining a carbohydrate like crackers with a protein like cheese can keep you full longer and prevent you from preparing food regularly if your energy is depleted.
Find a cracker you like and add your favorite cheese – or peanut butter – for a little boost.
Check light on the crackers for your cat. Nibbling is good, but if you eat foods that are high in carbohydrates too often, it can lead to obesity.
But skip the cheese for cats. Dairy is not their friend. Cats are also ‘compulsory carnivores’. This means that their bodies work best with animal-derived proteins.
4. Sliced tomatoes.
If you do not have much energy, a quick fix can be easy to snack on something as simple as a sliced tomato. Some studies suggest the chemical compound lycopene in red and pink vegetables as a potential cancer fighter as part of a healthy diet.
Tomatoes are safe for cats, but beware of stems and leaves, which can be poisonous.
5. A custom smoothie.
Maybe you do not always feel like eating solid food. If so, supplement your fruits and vegetables in liquid form.
Add yogurt, ice cream, milk or a milk replacer such as almond, oats or coconut to your drink. With most blender sizes, you can make enough for two drinks, so you can drink one now and store one for later.
Make sure you drink your smoothie at least 24 hours after you make it so that it does not go bad.
Also, keep a dairy smoothie out of the reach of cats so that it does not cause a stomach ache.
Eggs are an easy protein snack that will keep you full for a while. Even better, you can make a bunch at a time and eat it during the week.
You’re probably not tempted to indulge in raw eggs, but it’s good to note that uncooked eggs pose a salmonella risk to kittens. They have a protein called avidin that can cause digestive problems in cats.
Safe snacks with your family cat are possible. But Badal says there is still something to know. If friends and family are sending you flowers or bringing you a houseplant while you are recovering, there are some types your cat should not nibble on.