Can Cats Eat Beef? | Waldo's Friends

Home / Blog / Can Cats Eat Beef?


Blog Hero

Cat Food

Can Cats Eat Beef?

Can Cats Eat Beef?

The short answer: Yes, but in limited amounts.

The long answer: Beef is meat sourced from cattle. It is known for being a good source of protein, cholesterol, and fat. As obligate carnivores, cats rely on animal-derived meat to function at their best, so they can eat beef as long as it is the lean part. However, beef should only be given to cats in limited amounts since it is fattier than other meat sources. More importantly, it should be prepared and cooked correctly. 

Uncooked beef such as raw mince should never be fed to your cat because of the bacteria that may be found in it. Common symptoms of bacterial infection include vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, urinary distress, fever, and excessive thirst.

How to feed beef to your cat: Cook beef to an internal temperature of 145°F, and ground beef to 165°F before allowing your cat to consume it. When preparing beef for your pet, never add any flavourings or sauces that may be toxic for her. Garlic, onion, and salt are three common kitchen ingredients that are considered harmful for cats. 

Here are three ideas for beef treats your cat will love:

  1. You only need five ingredients for a chunky meat and rice meal.
  2. Use ground beef, brown rice, alfalfa sprouts, and cottage cheese for this dinner recipe
  3. Beef broth will add flavour to a wet meal featuring tinned mackerel. 

In summary: Containing essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and selenium, beef is a welcome addition to your cat’s diet. As long as it is prepared properly and given to her in moderation, cooked lean beef can help improve your cat’s heart, eyesight, and reproductive system.  


People Foods Cats Can Eat

Can My Cat Eat That? 30 Foods Cats Can and Can’t Eat

What Kinds of Meats Can Cats Eat?

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Check out related posts

Can Cats Eat Raspberries?

Yes, cats can eat raspberries but only in moderation. An aggregate fruit similar to strawberries and blackberries, raspberries can be eaten by your cat in limited quantities. This fruit is an excellent source of water, fiber, and nutrients that are good for your cat. Vitamins A and C, calcium, manganese, and potassium are some of… Continue reading Can Cats Eat Raspberries?

Can Cats Eat Sausage?

It is not recommended for cats to eat sausage. Sausage is a type of minced meat stuffed in a cylindrical tube made from animal intestines. It can be stuffed with pork, beef, or chicken, mixed with fat, and packed with spices.  The meat in itself isn’t bad for cats since they are obligate carnivores that… Continue reading Can Cats Eat Sausage?

Can Cats Eat Celery?

Yes, cats can eat celery but only in moderation. As obligate carnivores, cats need a substantial amount of animal-derived meat to function properly. However, they can eat vegetables such as celery as a snack. Celery is a green-coloured vegetable that belongs to the Apiaceae family (the same family as carrots). The celery leaves, crunchy stalk, and… Continue reading Can Cats Eat Celery?