9 Foods Cat’s should not eat: It’s important to be cautious about the foods you give to your cat, as some human foods can be harmful or even toxic to them. Here are 10 foods that your cat should not eat:
- Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to cats and can lead to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, and even seizures or death.
Onions and Garlic:
- These foods, whether raw, cooked, or powdered, can cause damage to a cat’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Avoid giving any foods seasoned with onions or garlic.
Grapes and Raisins:
- These can cause kidney failure in cats, even in small amounts. Avoid all forms of grapes and raisins, including foods and baked goods containing them.
- Even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous for cats, leading to intoxication, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and even coma.
- Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and some sodas. It can cause rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and seizures in cats.
- Many cats are lactose intolerant, meaning they can’t properly digest lactose in milk and other dairy products. This can lead to gastrointestinal upset.
- Cooked bones, especially chicken and fish bones, can splinter and cause choking, internal injuries, or blockages in a cat’s digestive system.
- While an occasional nibble might not harm them, a diet solely of dog food lacks essential nutrients that cats need to thrive.
Artificial Sweeteners (Xylitol):
- Xylitol, found in sugar-free gum, candies, and some baked goods. Ingesting this can lead to insulin release in cats, causing rapid hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, and liver failure.
It’s always best to feed your cat a balanced and nutritionally complete cat food specifically designed for their needs. If you suspect your cat has ingested any of these harmful foods or if you notice any unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.