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8 Foods Your Cat Should Avoid

Cats can be mischievous pets sometimes, snooping around for morsels left out in the open. They don’t mean to do themselves harm, but something that smells tasty may nevertheless be dangerous for them. Let’s take a look at a quick guide below for foods to keep far out of reach of your feline.

1. Onions

Onions

  • Bad for cats in all variations (raw, cooked, powder, etc.)
  • Harms red blood cells which can lead to anemia over time
  • May lead to upset stomach/gastrointestinal issues

2. Milk/Dairy Products

Cheese

  • Kittens can usually digest dairy okay; full grown cats typically cannot digest it well
  • Digestion problems, upset stomach and diarrhea are common consequences

3. Grapes/Raisins

Grapes

  • Vomiting and hyperactivity are frequent symptoms
  • Even kidney failure can result for some cats after eating grapes

4. Caffeine

Coffee

  • Cats should avoid substances with caffeine at all costs – it’s potentially deadly
  • Muscle tremors, out of control breathing, and increased heart rate
  • Keep them away from coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and other caffeine-carrying items

5. Gum & Candy

Candy

  • These foods often contain the ingredient xylitol, which is poisonous for cats
  • Vomiting, extreme fatigue, seizures and even liver failure are possible

6. Raw Eggs

Eggs

  • Salmonella or E. coli are very real possibilities from eating raw eggs
  • Avidin – a protein in egg whites – can block Vitamin B absorption, thereby impacting a cat’s skin and fur negatively

7. Raw Fish

Raw fish

  • Food poisoning is a definite problem, similar to the risks of consuming raw eggs
  • A particular enzyme found in raw fish breaks down thiamine – and without this B vitamin, neurological issues can arise with significant detrimental effects

8. Alcohol

Beer

  • Cats, because of their size and weight, are extremely sensitive to alcohol
  • It only takes a few teaspoons of liquor, or a couple ounces of beer, to have a grave impact on a cat’s brain and liver

5 Responses to 8 Foods Your Cat Should Avoid

  1. Teresa Santini says:

    I would like to forward this info to my children

    How??

  2. Cindy says:

    I didn’t know about cheese.

  3. Geo says:

    Teresa Santini, send them this link, tell them to take out the spaces

    http://trupanion.com/blog/2013/03/8-foods-your-cat-should-avoid/#comment-32932

  4. WarriorCatslover says:

    Never Knew About Fish! O.O

  5. Deanna Jimosse says:

    Thank you for the info; was not aware of cheese; good to know.

    I would like to leave something others may not know. Plastic bags … garbage bags, etc. Read in Cat Fancy (guest vet) a few yrs. ago, that ingesting the plastic can be deadly to cats. This was in response to a reader whose cat was always chewing on the plastic bags. I have a cat which will ingest anything and I used to see him “nibbling” on the corner of plastic garbage bags, so I have to be real careful about not leaving them sitting out for a minute, when on their way to my garbage can. Fortunately, I’m pretty sure he never ingested any of the stuff.

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