Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

Despite your cat’s complaints, treats and snacks are not an essential part of their diet. But if you still want to treat your cat, the Clinical Nutrition Department says several foods are generally considered safe for cats, as long as they make up no more than 10 percent of the daily intake of a cat.

However, the Clinical Nutrition Service also warns that cats should be considered for their individual needs, as some cats may consume a particular food without a problem and another cat may consume the same product and develop vomiting, diarrhea, or other unwanted signs.

British kitten and a toothbrush. The cat is brushing his teeth.

Table of Contents

  1. Onions and Garlic
  2. Raw Eggs, Raw Meat & Bones
  3. Chocolate and Caffeinated Drinks
  4. Alcohol and Raw Dough
  5. Milk and Dairy Products
  6. Grapes and Raisins
  7. Dog Food
  8. Preventing Cats from Eating Dangerous Foods
  9. Conclusion

1. Onions and Garlic

Cats are considered to be twice as sensitive as dogs to the toxic components of allium found in onions and garlic, which can damage red blood cells even if a cat consumes only a small amount.

2. Raw Eggs, Raw Meat & Bones

Raw eggs might be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Signs of infection include vomiting and fever. Raw eggs also contain avidin, an enzyme that prevents cats from absorbing biotin, a vitamin important for healthy skin and coat.  Raw or undercooked meat is similar to eggs. It can be contaminated with E.coli and Salmonella bacteria. The clinical nutrition department says it often sees gastrointestinal signs (usually diarrhea) in animals that consume raw meat.

3. Chocolate and Caffeinated Drinks

Chocolate contains substances called methylxanthines specifically, caffeine and theobromine. These substances are toxic to cats and can cause vomiting, seizures, tremors, and death. Methylxanthines concentration varies among different types of chocolate. White chocolate is the least dangerous, while cocoa powder is the most dangerous. Caffeinated drinks like chocolate, contain methylxanthine caffeine and therefore can have the same effects listed above.

4. Alcohol and Raw Dough

Alcohol-containing foods and drinks can cause serious problems in cats, including breathing difficulties, diarrhea, coma, and death. Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to build up in your cat’s digestive system. This can lead to stomach twisting and bloating, which is a potentially life-threatening condition. In addition, yeast produces alcohol as a by-product, which causes several problems.

5. Milk and Dairy Products

Cats are unable to properly digest dairy products like milk, yogurt, or cheese.  The safest approach is to avoid them altogether, but you can ask your vet for a lactose-free alternative as an acceptable treatment.

6. Grapes and Raisins

The exact reason behind the toxic effects of  grapes and raisins on cats is unknown. There is some evidence that feeding cats grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure.

7. Dog Food

While there are a few canned formulas available that meet the needs of both species, most foods are specifically for cats or dogs.

Cats need a higher percentage of protein and fat than most dogs and have some extra taurine needs. Dogs that eat a lot of cat food are at risk of weight gain and even pancreatitis. Cats that eat dog food are at risk of gaining weight when food is high in carbohydrates.

 

8. Preventing Cats from Eating Dangerous Foods

Take care of your cat’s food and give the food that is specially made write specifically available  for cats. And keep an eye on your cat, what she is eating and prevent them from eating dangerous foods.

 

9.Conclusion

Don’t give your cat the above-mentioned foods. It is always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian before adding any new foods to your pet’s diet, even those that are generally considered safe.

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