We all know cats are very independent, but when it comes to health they need a little help. I know, we love spoiling our pets with treats, but what is good for us can be risky or even deadly for your cat.
Make sure you check this list so you know what foods you can’t really feed to your little friend, this way you can enjoy each other company for longer and healthier.
- Tuna: Yes, cats can’t eat tuna, but don’t worry they can eat the tuna that pet food companies produce, they just can’t eat “our” tuna. But don’t give him/her too much because tuna contains mercury and you don’t want to poison your cat.
- Caffeine: It can be deadly to your cat, it may cause convulsions, tachycardia and heart attacks. Don’t let him/her come near coffee, tea, chocolate and energetic drinks.
- Grapes and raisins: They are extremely dangerous to your furry friend. Renal insufficiency, hepatic insufficiency, vomits, diarrhea and even death are its consequences.
- Chocolate: Keep it away from your cat, especially dark chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine and this can be toxic for animals because their metabolism is slower than ours. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, heart rate changes and death.
- Onion, garlic and chives: This type of food contains thiosulfate, a substance that destroys the red blood cells and causes anemia. Garlic and chives can also cause gastrointestinal problems.
- Raw meat and fish: If you want to give your pet raw food make sure you freeze it first so the bacteria (like Salmonella and E.coli) can die.
Raw egg: Again it has bacteria, boil it first. Raw eggs cause skin and fur problems.
- Liver: Too much liver can lead to toxic doses of A vitamin (the one that makes your eyes look healthy) and that affects their bones. Osteoporosis, deformations, growth of bones in the elbows and spine, or death are the effects that excess of this vitamin causes. Of course you can still give it to your cat, but with moderation.
Alcohol and tobacco: Why would you even give alcohol or tobacco to your pets? It has more or less the same effects as on humans, but destroys the organs faster (due to slow metabolism) and can lead to death.
- Milk and other dairy products: Most cats are intolerant to lactose, which is why they should only drink milk when they’re little and only from their mother. Milk when drank by adult cats can result in vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones.
- Candy and gum: These sweets contain xylitol and can make your cat’s blood sugar to drop cause it increases the insulin circulating through his/her body.
- Tomato: Tomatoes can be fatal because they have solanine, a component that can be toxic even in small doses.
- Mushrooms: They can be very toxic and cause liver, heart and kidney problems.
- Fat trimmings and bones: Sometimes people have the habit of letting their pets lick their plates when they finish their meals and that’s not a good practice. The most common thing left on our plates after we finished eating are fat trimmings and bones, and they are prejudicial to your cat’s health, especially the bones because your pet can choke on them or worse, the bones can shatter and lead to laceration and/or obstruction of the digestive system.
- Bread and cake dough: The dough needs to rise before you can bake it, and if you give it to your cat the same will happen ... in his/her stomach. That will stretch the abdomen and cause a lot of pain and ruptures on the stomach and intestine. You shouldn't give actual bread and cake as well, too many carbohydrates can lead to obesity and there's also a lot of ingredients on cakes that your cat can't eat.
- Too many treats: Just like us, our pets gain weight if they eat too many snacks, so try to reduce them or give them a healthy treat instead, but don’t forget that affection towards your cat is always the best treat.
- Dog food: Dog food, as the name indicates, is designed for dogs. Cats and dogs needs are different so if you consistently give it to your cat he/she will have a serious lack of proteins and vitamins.
- Medication: Human medication can be very harmful for pets. Never medicate your cat without your veterinary permission, and keep the medicaments where your cat can’t reach them.