Any cat owner can tell you that cats frequently prefer people food over their own meals. Itâ€™s not surprising to find a cat stealing bites from someoneâ€™s plate. While this practice may be cute, it can also be dangerous. There are several foods that have unpleasant side effect or can even be deadly to cats. Familiarize yourself with the most common problem foods and make sure your cat never has access to them.
There are a number of pet food products on the market with tuna as the main ingredients. In general, these are fine for your cat. However, you should be aware that giving your cat tuna fish meant for human beings can cause some serious issues.
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Food with onions is not a good idea for your feline friend. The sulfoxides and disulfides in onions destroy red blood cells in pets and can cause serious blood problems like anemia. Onion powder is often a hidden spice, so be careful. It can be found in baby food and other packaged meals. Read the ingredients list before offering anything new to your pet.
Garlic is a member of the onion family and is dangerous to cats. It is considered to be more dangerous than onions since the toxins are more concentrated. However, most foods contain less garlic than onion, so the effect may be lessened. In any case, it is best to completely avoid the herb.
4. Raw Eggs
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No one should eat raw eggs unless they are certain there is no bacterial risk. Your cat shouldnâ€™t eat raw eggs, either. The risk of salmonella or E.coli is too high and both can cause serious problems for a pet. Even if you have eggs you know are bacteria free, be careful. The egg whites contain avidin, which can stop Vitamin B absorption.
It should go without saying that your pets should not be given alcohol, but in some cases, cats may sneak up on your unattended drink. As with humans, alcohol of any kind can cause intoxication and alcohol poisoning. Unfortunately, a cat is much smaller than a human and doesnâ€™t require much to suffer ill effects.
Never share your tea or coffee with your cat. These and other drinks and food items that contain caffeine could be dangerous to your feline. Caffeine works as a diuretic which can cause dehydration. It also stimulates the heart and nervous system. Chocolate is particularly bad since it contains both caffeine and theobromine, a chemical that could kill your cat.
7. Fat Trimmings
Fat may be good in small quantities, but feeding your cat a bunch of fat trimmed from that steak you cooked isnâ€™t a great idea. It could cause stomach problems, including vomiting and diarrhea. Itâ€™s best to stick to foods that have been approved for cats.
Bones are one of the most dangerous foods on this list. While not toxic in any way, bones can fragment when cooked and cause internal lacerations or bowel obstructions. Even raw bones can be a choking hazard, though they will not splinter like cooked ones. Avoid poultry bones in particular. In addition to intestinal problems, bones covered in fat or gristle can also cause digestive problems and your cat may end up vomiting or with diarrhea.
9. Milk or Cream
Cats are lactose intolerant once they become adults. The inability to break down lactose in milk products means your cat can end up with diarrhea. Being sick can lead to dehydration and may require a stay with the vet if not treated quickly. Avoid giving your pet any cream or milk unless you choose lactose free options.
The seemingly innocent avocado contains persin, which is very toxic to animals, including cats. The entire avocado tree is toxic, so never let your cat play with the shell or pit, much less eat some of your guacamole. Depending on the amount of persin ingested, your cat may have gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems or even fluid building up around the heart. In some cases, these issues can even lead to death.
To be safe, your cat should be given a properly formulated cat food instead of table scraps to eat. Even if you do this, it is not unusual for cats to help themselves to people food. You will need to be particularly vigilant about keeping toxic foods out of reach of your feline and preventing any access to things like avocado peelings which may end up in the garbage. Remember that the garbage can is easy for your cat to get into. It may be worth investing in a can with a top.
If you suspect your cat has eaten something toxic, call your vet. However, if you see signs of intoxication, rush your pet to the vet immediately. Itâ€™s not worth the risk of a more serious problem.
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