While most of us prefer to give a lot of treatments to our cats and sometimes feed them food every time we eat, there are some human foods that tend to be toxic or alternatively may be dangerous to cats and the result should not be an aspect of their diet. While it is not an exhaustive list, here are some food items you should not give to cats.
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11. Garlic and Onions
Raw, powdered or cooked onions (including leeks and chides) plus garlic are very toxic nutrients for cats, even when they are served in small quantities. They tend to contain sulfoxides in addition to disulfide which tend to destroy red blood cells as well as the ability to cause anemia. Garlic and onion powders are usually included in gravy, foods for children as well as many other human foods processed, so you need special care to verify that your cat is not feeding these nutrients in any of its forms.
10. Raisins and Grapes
Both raisins and grapes contain multiple amounts of the unknown component that tends to have some level of toxicity for these cats and can lead to kidney failure.
You probably have sweet teeth, but this may not happen.This means that chocolate is not a nutrient to feed your cat. All types of chocolate should be duly avoided, which includes dark, white powders, milk as well as cocoa. Of course, chocolate contains caffeine as well as the chemical element called theobromine which is very toxic to all cats. Even a small amount of chocolate is enough to cause heart attacks in cats, which then begin a series of responsive behaviors that include possible death.
8. Fat Trimmings and Bones
Cuttings from the table usually contain bones and meat fat. Giving these nutrients to a cat causes weight gain as well as obesity; however, it can also lead to pancreatitis. Bones obtained from fish, meat, or chicken should not be given to cats, as they can crack and then disrupt the cat’s digestive system.
Excessive salt is commonly known to affect the cat’s electrolyte balance, which can lead to irregular heartbeats.
6. Bread Dough
Dough that has not yet been baked and produced with live yeast can prove to be dangerous for cats if swallowed. A wide dough ball in your cat’s stomach or cat’s intestines can reduce blood flow and may affect your cat’s breathing. When yeast is fermented and alcohol is produced, the cat is also exposed to the toxicity of alcohol, which can lead to life-threatening seizures and eventually lead to death.
Regardless of the fact that your cat may like the smell and irresistible taste of tuna, it should be ideally given to your cat from time to time instead of regularly. Tuna contains mercury which can cause mercury poisoning provided there is a large quantity of canned tuna. Oil-filled tuna can cause a disease known as yellow fat (also called arthritis), a painful condition caused by a high-fat diet.
4. Raw Fish
Raw fish contain a type of enzyme called thiaminase that destroys thiamine (a type of vitamin B). Lack of thiamine in cats can lead to anorexia. Moreover it can lead to seizures and ultimately the death of the cat.
3. Raw Eggs
A raw egg contains an enzyme called avidin that reduces the body’s ability to take biotin (a type of vitamin B), and can cause problems in the coat and skin. Another danger to the health of usually raw eggs, is the fact that they can have E coli as well as salmonella.
2. Dairy products and milk
Many mature cats do not contain sufficient amounts of the enzyme known as lactase, which means they are virtually unable to digest lactose properly. This can cause diarrhea as well as digestive problems. Water should never be replaced with milk, as it is necessary to moisturize your cat.
1. Dog Food
Dogs and cats come with different diets and food requirements for dogs that do not have the proper protein balance as well as the fat the cat needs in its food. Also, it is important that the cat’s diet is taurine, an amino acid. Unlike dogs, cats cannot produce this acid themselves.
Always, it’s important not to forget that cats do not tolerate similar nutrients that we can tolerate, and that certain foods for humans may pose a risk to their health. If you suspect the food you will be giving your cat or alternatively, your cat may have consumed human food that can be toxic or dangerous to your cat, please seek help from your local veterinarian immediately.
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