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.  

 

1People and Cat Tuna – Everything in moderation!  Too much Tuna can lead to malnutrition and even mercury poisoning. 

2Onions, Garlics, and Chives -

Such foods may lead to a reduction of red blood cells causing anemia.  Gastrointestinal upset may also occur.

3Milk and Dairy Products -

Most cats are lactose sensitive which means their digestive system cannot process dairy products resulting in an upset stomach and diarrhea.

4Alcohol – 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. 5Grapes and Raisins – lead to illness (vomiting and hyperactivity) including kidney failure.  6Caffeine (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.
7Candy, 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.

8Fat 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.

9Raw 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.

10Raw 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.

11Dry 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.

12Liver -

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.

13Too Many Treats – Just like with humans this can lead to obesity and even diabetes.

14Yeast 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.

15Your 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.