We love our feline friends, and sometimes, it can be tempting to share our food with them. However, not all foods are safe. Some human food is safe for cats in small amounts, but certain food are certainly dangerous for our pets, resulting in stomach upset, seizures, and even death. Here’s a list of common foods that you should never feed your cat.
- Onion and Garlic
Onions in all forms - raw, cooked, powdered or dehydrated are one of the absolute worst foods cat owners could feed their cats. According to Preventive Vet, onions, which contain thiosulphate, can break down a feline’s red blood cells, resulting in anemia. Along with onions, garlic can cause gastrointestinal upset.
Do not give your cat alcohol on purpose. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, but potentially even coma or death.
Cooked bones can splinter and cause serious damage to the mouth and digestive tract of cats. Small, brittle bones can cause your cat to choke, as well as block her intestinal tract. Besides bone, never give your cat anything that is as hard as her teeth because it can cause dental fractures.
- Milk and Other Dairy Products
Typically, a cat's digestive tract becomes lactose intolerant when she becomes an adult. This means that adult cats don’t have the enzymes, lactase needed to digest lactose. As a result, milk consumption may cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. Your best bet is to purchase lactose-free milk products that are specifically formulated for cats from pet stores.
- Grapes and Raisins
Our feline friends are not likely to eat grapes or raisins, and there are no reports of felines becoming ill from these foods. It’s still unknown what makes these fruits poison, but we know for sure that they can cause kidney failure in some canines. Therefore, it is best to not to risk your feline friend's health and not let her eat these fruits.
Keep your caffeine drinks away from your feline friend. Caffeine in small amounts can cause restlessness and heart palpitations in cats. While caffeine in small amounts won’t kill our feline friends, a huge consumption can. Caffeine toxicity in cats can lead to breathing difficult, seizures, tremors, and increased heart rate, according to Preventive Vet.
Chocolates contain theobromine which can cause various health issues in cats including seizures, diarrhea, irregular heart rhythm and even heart failure. The most dangerous kinds are unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate. Chocolates also contain caffeine.
- Raw Eggs
It’s important to consult your veterinarian first before feeding raw eggs to your cat. There are two main problems with feeding your cat raw eggs. The first is the risk of food poisoning from bacteria like E. coli or salmonella. There’s also a protein in egg whites, avidin, could block the absorption of the essential vitamin biotin. It not only blocks biotin absorption but also affects the chemical processes of amino acids, energy, glucose and fats. These potential problems can be avoided by feeding cooked eggs.
Small amounts of liver are acceptable for most cats, but a huge consumption can cause vitamin A toxicity. Liver can be an excellent source of protein and other nutrients. However, high amounts of liver can produce a dangerous imbalance of vitamin A — a condition called hypervitaminosis A. It can affect your cat’s bones in negative ways such as deforming bones and causing osteoporosis. It can also lead to death.
As an occasional treat, tuna fish can be fine for most cats. According to PetMD, tuna sold for human consumption may lead to digestive upset when given as an occasional treat in small amounts. It can even cause inflammation of the body's fat when fed to your feline friend on a regular basis. Fish, in general, when overeaten, can lead to a thiamine deficiency. A strictly tuna fish diet can put your beloved feline friend at risk of mercury poisoning.