Human Food That Makes Good Pet Treats

Written by Small Door's medical experts

When you’re stuck indoors, sometimes you need to find creative ways to make the most of what you already have. First toilet paper disappeared off store shelves, and now pet food is becoming a hot commodity. If your dog or cat can’t get a fix of their go-to treats, here are some human foods you can safely substitute.

For Dogs

As with any new food in your pet’s diet, introduce it slowly and feed in moderation to avoid an upset stomach. Dogs, unlike cats, are adventurous eaters and avid foodies. Try some of these foods if your pup is tired of her usual treats:

Peanut butter

Peanut butter is a delicious, long-lasting snack that you and your dog can enjoy together. Put some in a Kong toy and your pup will be both stimulated and distracted. You can freeze it for an even longer-lasting treat! Like all treats, it should only be given in moderation.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are made up of 92% water and packed with nutrients, including vitamins A, E, B6, potassium, and folate. They make for a crunchy snack that your pup will love. It’s important to introduce bell peppers slowly and see how your dog responds. Remove the seeds and stem to limit indigestion.


Watermelon is a refreshing treat for both cats and dogs! Just be sure to remove any seeds, rind, or skin before feeding it, as they can cause intestinal blockages.


Your pup can enjoy both raw and cooked carrots. They are a healthy, low calorie source of fiber and vitamin A that makes for a great snack. Cut them up into small, chewable pieces so the carrots are not a choking hazard.

Green beans

Another low calorie vegetable, green beans are a lean snack to fill up your dog without overfeeding.


Pumpkin makes a great additive to your dog’s meal. Not only will they love the taste, it is safe for sensitive stomachs and dogs prone to digestive issues.


Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, and their small size makes them perfect for treats and rewards.


Boiled chicken is a great way to give your furry friend some extra protein. Make sure there is no added salt or seasoning, and limit the amount you give.

As with any new food in your pet’s diet, introduce it slowly and feed in moderation.

For Cats

Cats are notoriously picky eaters, so don’t be surprised if yours wants nothing to do with human food. However, if you have these foods at home and your purry friend has a developed palate, try giving him these snacks:

Cooked meat

Cats are carnivores at their core. If you want to give yours a treat, cooked chicken, turkey, and other lean meats are a great way to satisfy their cravings. Never give raw meat, and stay away from anything with bones, as they can be a choking hazard and puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

Cooked fish

Salmon, along with other types of fish, are often found in cat food. You can give your kitty cooked or canned fish – never raw. Do not give anything straight from the can, as the sharp edges could cut your cat’s tongue.


Cooked eggs can give your cat extra protein and vitamin B. As with any meat and fish you give your buddy, make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked through.

Green vegetables

Broccoli, green beans, peas, and cucumbers are all things your cat can enjoy. Most cats are not drawn to these fresh foods, but if you have them on hand, give it a go and see if yours will take to them!


Cantaloupe and other melons are safe for your furry friend to eat. Make sure any seeds, skin, and rind are removed beforehand.

If you have any questions about human foods that are safe for your pet, speak to your veterinarian. Our doctors and medical team at Small Door are always here to help.

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