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It is permissible to give the zakat of gold, silver, agricultural products, pets and commodities that are subject to zakah from their own kind, as well as to give their value. In this regard, the owners have the right to choose. As a matter of fact, this is also the case in quarrels other than pamphlets, tribute, fitra, votive and freeing.
The purpose of zakat is to meet those needs of those in need. Zakat can be paid from the goods subject to zakat, as well as it is often provided by giving value, and those in need meet their own needs at this price.
Accordingly, one can give food or fabric as much as valuable for the zakat of gold. Saime can also give cash for animals or commodities. However, it is more appropriate to prefer what is useful for those in need.