Foods That Can be Toxic To Cats
Dogs are not the only pets that enjoy begging for a taste of what you are preparing to eat. Being a multiple cat owner I know from experience how hard it is to say no to those cute little faces while I am eating. Cats can have different cravings and different tastebuds for certain foods just like humans. Some can crave dairy while others can crave meat or even seafood. It might seem innocent to give your feline friend a little nibble here and there but if you do then be sure you are aware of which foods can be dangerous or toxic to them.
Not only can feeding your cat human food be harmful but it can also develop some very bad habits if you keep feeding them from the table. You may be able to ignore or deal with a begging cat but it can be unsettling and uncomfortable for guests to come over and enjoy a meal.
Although some foods may just make a cat ill others can be very toxic. The following is a list of some of the foods that cats should not eat:
Root Vegetables including Onions & Garlic
Onions and garlic both contain a substance called N-propyl disulphide. This substance destroys a cats red blood cells. This is harmful because it causes a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic does not contain as much as onions but is still harmful. The good news is in all my years of owning a cat (s) I have never owned one that was turned on by the temptation of an onion, garlic or similar rooted vegetable.
Tomatoes, potatoes, hot peppers and other spices are all members of the nightshade food group. These deadly Solanaceae plants contain a poisonous alkaloid. The green and sprouted spots on potatoes contain a higher amount of alkaloid. Once a food containing alkaloids are cooked it reduces the amount by 40-50%. If a cat injests foods in the nightshade group they can get horrible gastrointestinal problems. If you own a garden with any of these foods,the leaves and stems are especially toxic so please keep your feline away from them.
Milk is not considered to be toxic to cats, but can cause them to become sick. Kittens thrive and grow on milk as a kitten but adult cats do not require it. In fact most adult cats are lactose-intolerant. The lactose in milk and other dairy products can cause a cats stomach to become upset, can cause cramps and also gas. Some cats are still attracted very much to milk and dairy. I have two cats that love dairy (milk, yogurt & cheese) and if given in moderation they are both fine. But at times too much milk can definitely upset their tummy.
Chocolate is probably the most commonly known toxic food to both cats and dogs. Chocolate contains a substance called Theobromine that is harmful and toxic to our four legged animals.
Grapes and Raisins are also toxic to both cats and dogs. It is unknown what the actual toxic potential is in these foods but it is advised you do not give your cat any amount of them.
So keep in mind the danger of feeding your cat certain foods the next time their cute little face looks up at you for a nibble. While a little taste of turkey or cheese will not kill them it is best to keep them on a diet of premium cat food.
If your animal does eat a toxic food or if you notice any signs of illness from something that may have possibly ate then contact your veterinarian at once.
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