Review this user friendly chart of products and ensure that you, your family, pet sitters or your cat boarder know what foods NOT to feed your cat.
|People and Cat Tuna – Everything in moderation! Too much Tuna can lead to malnutrition and even mercury poisoning.||
Onions, Garlics, and Chives -
Such foods may lead to a reduction of red blood cells causing anemia. Gastrointestinal upset may also occur.
Milk and Dairy Products -
Most cats are lactose sensitive which means their digestive system cannot process dairy products resulting in an upset stomach and diarrhea.
|Alcohol – Has the same effect on a cat’s brain and liver as it has on humans. Two - three teaspoons may lead to a coma or even death.||Grapes and Raisins – lead to illness (vomiting and hyperactivity) including kidney failure.||Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, energy drinks, cold medicines, etc.) - can be fatal! Symptoms of restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits. Eating chocolate can also cause tremors and seizures.|
|Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods – such products are sweetening increases the insulin circulating, and blood sugar to drop. This can lead to liver failure in just a few days. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination and even seizures.||
Fat Trimmings and Bones-
Both cooked and uncooked fat can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhea. Cats can choke on a bones and splinters cause lacerations of your cat's digestive system.
Raw Eggs -
May cause food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. In addition, a protein in raw egg whites, called avidin, could interfere with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin causing skin and coat problems.
|Raw Meat and Fish - Raw meat and raw fish can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning. Also an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine (an essential B vitamin) causing neurological problems leading to convulsions and coma.||
Dry and wet Dog Food -
Cat food is specially formulated for a cat's needs which includes more protein, certain vitamins and fatty acids. Dog food can lead to malnutrition.
Eating too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity affecting your cat's bones including deformed bones, bone growths on the elbows and spine, osteoporosis and even causing death.
|Too Many Treats – Just like with humans this can lead to obesity and even diabetes.||
Yeast Dough -
Since bread dough needs to rise, it will also rise in your cat's stomach stretching the abdomen and causing severe pain. Also the yeast fermentation can lead to alcohol poisoning.
|Your Medicine – can cause poisoning in cats. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine. And they can be deadly for your cat.|
This blog was adapted from the following link: http://pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/slideshow-foods-your-cat-should-never-eat. The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat boarding serving the Mooresville, Lake Norman, Davidson areas.