It's understandable wanting to share a snack with your cat—but before you do, it's important to know what foods are toxic for cats, since many popular human foods are poisonous to our feline friends.When it comes to your cat, you want to make sure she has the best kind of cat food for her nutritional needs. Here’s a look at some of the most toxic foods for cats.
Alcohol is extremely dangerous for cats and dogs. While people might think it's funny to offer their pet beer, this is considered abusive and puts your pet's life in danger.
Chocolate contains substances called methylxanthines (specifically, theobromine and caffeine) that are toxic to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and death. The concentration of methylxanthines varies among different types of chocolate. Cocoa powder is the most dangerous.
Onions and Garlic
Onions, garlic, shallots, and scallions can cause damage to your cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. These foods are typically poisonous when eaten in large quantities, but exposure to concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as onion soup mix or garlic powder, can also be toxic.
Like chocolate, coffee contains the methylxanthine caffeine and can thus have the same effects listed above. Cats are especially sensitive to caffeine, and it all depends on the quantity consumed. A few accidental licks of the substance might not cause major problems, but anything more than that will require an emergency trip to the vet. You will notice the symptoms of caffeine toxicity within the first 30 minutes of ingestion and symptoms can last up to 12 hours.
Raw Eggs, Raw Meat & Bones
Just like humans, consumption of raw eggs or raw meat can lead to salmonella or E. coli poisoning in cats. Symptoms of the illness vary but can include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Salmonella and E. coli can also be transmitted to humans, so be careful to properly wash your hands after cooking and keep your cat away from these raw foods. Raw eggs also contain an enzyme that can lead to skin and coat problems. Keep your cat from eating raw bones as well—she could choke on them, injure her digestive tract, or damage her teeth.
First of all, the size of the kibble or meat chunks is likely to vary; secondly, dog food and cat food have different nutritional requirements.Cats are obligate carnivores and eat meat exclusively. Dogs are omnivores and can eat grains and vegetables in addition to meat. Cats also require high protein and high fat diets, and taurine in particular. It's not a good idea to exchange these foods as well because they can cause GI upset.
Milk and Dairy Products
Even though your cat may enjoy drinking milk, it isn’t necessarily good for her. Cats have trouble digesting the lactose in milk, which can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. Most cats are only exposed to lactose from their mother's milk when they are kittens. Because kittens only drink from their mother’s milk for a few weeks, their digestive systems are often not equipped to handle a reintroduction to lactose. So, while some cats have no trouble tolerating milk, they are not recommended to drink anything but their mother’s milk while kittens, due to the possibility of digestive issues.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.