1. LETTUCE IS A LOW-CALORIE FOOD: GREAT FOR KITTIES ON DIETS OR WHO HAVE A CHANCE OF BECOMING OVERWEIGHT.
I’ve mentioned this before but in case you skipped ahead to the benefits section, or breezed through it without realizing before, I thought I’d mention it again. If your cat struggles with keeping to a healthy weight, or you just want to stay on top of things by only giving snacks that are not likely to cause kitty to gain weight – lettuce is great for this!
By the way, if you feed your cat more than once a day and are having trouble keeping your cat’s weight down, try using this trick to prevent overfeeding. I use it myself and it works like a charm!
2. LETTUCE HAS A HIGH WATER CONTENT: GREAT FOR KITTIES EATING DRY FOOD OR WHO HAVE TROUBLE STAYING PROPERLY HYDRATED.
It’s not enough for cats to just eat lettuce to maintain proper hydration – they still need to drink enough water – but if your cat has had difficulties staying hydrated in the past, lettuce certainly can help a little bit with that considering it’s almost 96% water!
Having trouble getting your cat to stay hydrated? Has he/she had painful UTIs in the past? Use these surefire techniques for getting a cat to drink more water to keep your cat healthy!
3. LETTUCE HAS FIBER/BULK IN IT: THIS CAN HELP YOUR KITTY STAY “REGULAR.”
Fiber (also known as bulk) is good for humans because it helps them in the #2 department – washroom-wise. Have a healthy amount of fiber in your diet and you’re able to “go” regularly without trouble. Kitties can reap the same benefits from added fiber in their diets, so another win for lettuce as a snack!
4. CATS MAY BENEFIT FROM THE OTHER VITAMINS/NUTRIENTS IN LETTUCE.
Lettuce contains vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, and other vitamins and nutrients that are not only healthy for humans to have in their diets, but healthy for kitties, too! While your cat likely does not need the additional vitamins and nutrients if he/she is eating quality food, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have more from snacking on lettuce.
5. CATS ACTUALLY LIKE EATING PLANTS: THIS IS ONE THAT’S SAFE, AND DOESN’T MAKE YOUR CAT VOMIT!
We all know that once we take a loving little kitty into our household, no houseplant is truly safe again. That’s because, while cats love and need meat to get their vital nutrients from, they also do really seem to love eating plants as well.
Some plants that are perfectly safe for kitty to eat actually make cats vomit – like grass. While, again, it’s perfectly fine for your cat to eat grass (and then vomit), the aftereffects are also not the most fun to have to deal with. Lettuce is safe and doesn’t make your cat throw up in the house.
6. CATS, LIKE PEOPLE, LIKE VARIETY IN THEIR DIETS. LETTUCE ADDS THAT VARIETY SAFELY.
If you have the kind of cat I know very well – the kind that will get his/her nose into everything and will seemingly take a bite out of anything just to try – whether or not it’s edible – you know for a fact that some cats especially love variety in their diets.
Humans aren’t the only ones who like to try new things, and some kitties just love the idea of tasting people food! Giving over lettuce here and there or using it regularly as a snack is a great, safe way to make sure that your kitty’s getting something different in his/her diet just like he/she wants, but without the risk of your cat eating kitty something that may be harmful to him/her without realizing.
7. SNACKING ON LETTUCE MAY HELP YOUR CAT IGNORE YOUR HOUSEPLANTS.
There are plenty of cat safe houseplants, but just because your kitty will be okay if he/she takes a bite, doesn’t mean you’d want kitty to. After all, it’s not particularly appealing to see chunks missing where bites were taken out of your houseplants here and there.
If your cat’s getting his/her plant fix from lettuce, it’s more likely kitty’s going to stay away from your other houseplants. Why settle for second rate when lettuce could be on the plate?
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