10 Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat
Most cat owners sometimes forget that their cats are not humans, no matter how much they wish their feline buddies were human. Regardless of how smart a cat is, it cannot go shopping for you, it cannot write an article, and cannot share every meal with you. We will focus on the latter in this article. Wouldn’t it be easier if our cats could eat anything that we eat? But that’s not the case. There are some human foods that are actually poisonous to our feline friends. Certain foods that we may consider harmless would put the health of our cats in terminal danger. So, no matter how badly you want to share your mealtime or snacks with your cats, here are ten foods your cat should never eat.
Human-Grade Canned Tuna
Surprise surprise! This raised an eyebrow, didn’t it? Every cat owner knows how much cats love fish. And, given a chance, a cat will eat canned tuna every single day. However, canned tuna is not something you should be feeding your cat. Tuna is an excellent source of protein. But, tuna also contains poisonous amounts of mercury. Thus, regularly feeding your cat tuna will lead to mercury poisoning. Secondly, unlike other types of fish, tuna is very low in vitamin E. Vitamin E deficiency in cats could lead to a condition known as “yellow fat disease” or steatitis. Cat food tuna usually comes with added essential nutrients, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins to make up for the deficiency. Also, it is processed to have a reduced amount of mercury. Thus, if you want to feed tuna to your cat, please stick to cat food grade.
Onion is a human food poisonous to cats. The mere fact that cutting an onion will make your eyes well up with tears is enough reason to keep it away from your cat. When it comes to cats, an onion will do more damage than burning their eyes. First of all, onions can lead to anemia in cats by breaking down their red blood cells. Secondly, onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides that can lead to onion poisoning when consumed regularly by cats. Also, avoid the cousins of onions – garlic. They can cause gastrointestinal problems in your cat. To be safe, avoid feeding your cat any type of onion or garlic.
Raw Eggs And Dairy Products
You will hardly find anyone eating raw eggs. Well, except for some bodybuilders. But, your cat is not a bodybuilder. So, do not feed it raw eggs as this can lead to salmonella poisoning. Secondly, uncooked eggs also contain avidin. This is an enzyme that can decrease the presence of biotin, also known as vitamin B. biotin deficiency can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Also, simply keep all dairy products away from your cat. Unlike the popular idea of a happy cat licking from a bowl of milk, cats are actually lactose intolerant. Feeding them milk will lead to stomach upset, diarrhea, and a lot of cat poop to clean. An oh, tom is not a real cat.
Humans love chocolates. But cats cannot tolerate it. And there is a good reason why. Chocolate contains a toxic agent called theobromine that will cause your cat serious health problems. Although every kind of chocolate is bad for cats, some pose an even greater danger. Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are even worse. Consuming chocolate will cause your cat’s heart to beat abnormally and will gradually lead to a weak heart, seizures, and, eventually, death. So, if for some strange reason you were considering the idea of sharing a bar of chocolate with your cat, that is an absolute no-no. Every type of chocolate (including milk chocolate and white chocolate) is dangerous for your cat.
Coffee And Caffeine
There are a lot of people who cannot start their day normally without a cup of coffee. Cats do just fine without needing any sort of morning boost. So, if for some reason your cat is acting all grumpy in the morning, please do not be tempted to get it a bowl of coffee. To put this as plainly as possible, coffee or caffeine can actually kill your cat. Did you cringe? Good. Even the smallest amount of caffeine can cause heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and restlessness. These are all symptoms of coffee poisoning. Whoever thought coffee and poisoning could go together? If a cat consumes a large amount of caffeine, it will be fatal. Aside from coffee, any other food that contains caffeine must be avoided completely.
Alcohol And Alcoholic Beverages
Now, you may be wondering who in their right minds will give alcohol to cats. You will be surprised by the number of people who actually consider it. There are plenty of reasons why alcohol is not good for humans. But cats cannot tolerate even the smallest amount. Alcohol can get your cat intoxicated, can lead to coma and can kill your cat in a short period of time. Alcohol can also destroy your cat’s liver. And this makes sense when you consider a cat’s body weight as compared to humans. A cat’s liver is not capable of handling any amount of alcohol. Thus, if your cat consumes any alcoholic beverage by accident, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you love baking, then be sure to always keep your cat out of the kitchen whenever you are baking anything that involves yeast dough. This is because yeast dough is very dangerous for cats. Notice how the yeast makes the dough rise? Good. Now imagine the same thing happening in your cat’s stomach. Cats have very stomach size. Thus, it takes very little to fill it up. And, the last thing you want filling up your cat’s stomach is an expanding dough. This will stretch your cat’s stomach walls and cause it intense pain. It can also cause the stomach and intestines to rapture. To make things worse, fermenting yeast releases alcohol. Remember what we said about alcohol and cats? Thus, something as seemingly harmless as a piece of yeast dough can actually kill your cat. This definitely made you cringe.
More cringe-worthy stuff. The fact that you may not have heard of xylitol makes it even more dangerous. This is because xylitol is more common around your house than you may think. It is an ingredient that is added to many types of baked food and diet food. It can also be found in sweets, gum, and toothpaste. When a cat eats anything that contains xylitol, it can lead to a failure of its liver. This is because xylitol present in your cat’s body can result in increased levels of insulin and the contrary for sugar levels. You may not know what food contains xylitol in your home. But there are some symptoms you will notice if your cat consumes xylitol. These include vomiting, weakness, and a lack of coordination. These symptoms could worsen to seizure and a failure of the liver.
Raisins And Grapes
Another set of seemingly harmless foods that are dangerous for your cats are raisins and grapes. Their small size and yummy appearance could easily attract your cat. But raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure when your cat ingests them. Thus, it is important to keep them out of reach when you have cats at home, as even the tiniest amount of these foods can cause serious problems for your cat. If your cat still manages to find them, as most cats do, there are some symptoms you will notice. These include hyperactivity and constant vomiting. Contact your veterinarian as soon as you notice these symptoms.
Potatoes And Green Tomatoes
Now, to the last but by no means least, potatoes and tomatoes. These foods can be found in almost every home. This makes the situation even more dangerous if you have a cat at home. Both potatoes and green tomatoes contain Glycoalkaloid Solanine. This is a poisonous alkaloid that can cause a lot of damage to your cat’s health when ingested. Glycoalkaloid Solanine becomes toxic immediately it enters your cat’s system and can cause serious harm to its lower gastrointestinal health. Do not confuse green tomatoes with the tomatoes found in some cat food. Cat food tomatoes are ripe (red tomatoes) and in very small amounts. The potatoes found in some cat food are also processed and in small quantities. Thus, if you want your cat to eat tomatoes and potatoes, please opt for the cat food grade.
In conclusion, some human foods are not healthy for cats and, indeed, can be fatal, no matter how harmless they look. It is very important to keep these foods away from the reach of your cat when you have them at home. The foods mentioned here are by no means exhaustive. Pay attention to what your cat eats. And if you notice any strange symptoms, consult your vet. Also, there are some foods that may be poisonous to some breeds of cat, be sure to consult your vet before adding anything new to your cat’s diet.