Cats are our friends. We enjoy giving them treats, and with those adorable eyes, who can resist giving them a bit of human food?
Well it’s important to make sure that your food is safe for cats to eat. There are some surprisingly common foods that are seriously dangerous to cats. Knowledge of what is safe and what is toxic is important to be a responsible cat owner.
The good news is that cats are picky eaters, so they often avoid these foods, unlike dogs who happily wolf down anything that smells like food. However, they aren’t perfect! They like to investigate new things and might try eating new things. This would be more common if the thing is in an area they associate with food (like the kitchen). They are especially likely to try harmful cuisine if someone they love and trust entices them to eat it, someone like their owner!
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What foods should you not feed your cat？
This is probably the most surprising item on the list, given that it’s such a common ingredient in human food. Onions are a member of the allium family, which also includes chives, leeks, and garlic. All members of the family are dangerous. They can damage a cat’s red blood cells, a process called anaemia. This condition can be lethal.
Other possible damages include vomiting or other stomach issues. It doesn’t matter if the onion (or related ingredient) is raw or cooked, powdered, or anything else. It’s still dangerous!
2. Chocolate 🍫
Infamous to being dangerous to dogs, chocolate is also toxic to cats. In fact, most mammals are intolerant to chocolate, us humans are the lucky ones!
Chocolate has something called Theobromine, which our bodies can handle. But in other animals, their bodies can’t! So, it can build up to levels harmful to cats or dogs (especially in smaller animals). This is called Theobromine poisoning, also sometimes chocolate poisoning. What’s really interesting is this chemical is what gives chocolate it’s bitter taste, as a way to tell animals to stay away. It’s what gives chocolate it’s signature flavor, especially dark chocolate. Even if you like sweet cholate, this is what make it taste like chocolate to you.
3. Milk and Dairy 🍼
Wait, a saucer of milk a classic treat for cats. It’s true, the iconic treat to give your kitty can be harmful to cats! Most cats are lactose intolerant (like some humans are!) Dairy won’t kill a cat, like the first two foods can, but it can cause upset stomach and diarrhea. One of the perks of having a cat instead of a dog is avoiding the stinky farts, don’t put yourself through kitty flatulence.
This applies to anything with lactose, not just milk, and anything cooked with milk. Sometimes a small amount won’t cause any harm, but it’s best to just avoid all together.
4. Dog Food 🐶
Occasional dog food isn’t harmful, but cats and dogs are very different animals that evolved differently. Cats are more carnivorous that dogs, which are true omnivores. Thus, the ingredients in most dog foods aren’t prepared to give cats what they need. For example, cat’s need a vitamin called taurine, which helps their powerful eyes. Dog food has less of this and can hurt cats.
5. Grapes and Raisins
This is widely known for dogs but not as well known for cats. It’s actually the skin of grapes that is poisonous. Scientists don’t understand exactly why grapes are so dangerous to our furry friends, but we do know it can cause lethal kidney failure. Smaller amounts will cause other stomach problems such as vomiting.
6. Alcohol 🍻
Cats do like to party, but are much smaller than us humans, which makes them a light weight. So they are very vulnerable to substances such as alcohol. Even a very small amount is extremely harmful. Alcohol can puts cats into a coma easily. It’s best to avoid beer, wine, anything with alcohol in it.
7. Raw Eggs 🥚
Raw eggs are dangerous to most animals because of the possibility of E. Coli or salmonella. They also affect cats in a unique way. It hurts their B vitamin absorption, which can cause problems in their skin or coat.
8. Bread Dough
Bread dough, specifically yeast, can be harmful. Yeast is what makes bread rise or grow as it cooks. If a cat were to eat it, the yeast could expand in their stomach, causing discomfort or more serious issues. It also can produce alcohol, which is toxic to cats as mentioned above.
9. Tuna fish
My cat loves tuna, don’t get me wrong. So why is this on a list of foods not eat?
Tuna is fine in smaller amounts. However in large amounts, tuna (and some other kinds of fish) could cause mercury poisoning. Because cats are so small, a small amount can be very harmful to them. So make sure that tuna is only given in small amounts. Tuna heavy diets aren’t good them, though ti makes a delicious treat on occasion. Avoid raw tuna, it can have dangerous bacteria on its surface. Sushi is a human food!
A very common problem that veterinarians face is cats ill from consuming human medicine. Different animals have different needs and thus require different medicines. Think about how dangerous giving human medicine to a slightly younger or older human can be. Cats should never eat human medicine.
Only administer medicine to cats as told by a veterinarian.
Hopefully this list helps you or someone you know become a better cat owner. It’s important to research how to best care for you beloved kitty. Nutrition is even more important for cats than humans, so treat them with respect.
Also, please don’t shave your cat even if it looks really cute. Their hair is important to their health and safety. Cats are good at taking care of themselves!
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