We love our pets and consider them to be a part of our family, just like everyone should. Nevertheless, one must never forget that while cats are close to us, they are not human beings and their anatomy is, therefore, different from us. In order to help your feline friend live a long and healthy life full of love and a bit of mischief, make sure that the seven foods mentioned on this list never make their way onto your cat’s bowl.
This one actually holds true for human beings as well because raw eggs may infect cats and humans with salmonella and E. coli poisoning. In cats, they are bad for the skin and the fur also.
When we say tuna is bad for cats, we mean the tuna fish that we cook and eat, not tuna cat food. When the fish has been made into cat food, it’s usually harmless for them. Even as an occasional treat, tuna can cause gastrointestinal issues, but when fed on a daily basis, steatitis may develop.
Any meat that has been seasoned with onion, food that contains onion, or just the vegetable as a whole is bad for cats. Prolonged use can even lead to anemia, as onions break down red blood cells in cats. Eating a large amount of green onion at once can lead to severe food poisoning.
Garlic and Chives
Infamous for causing gastrointestinal disorders in cats, garlic and chives are just as bad as onions, especially when consumed in large amounts.
It might seem counterintuitive, but a lot of cats develop lactose intolerance as they mature from kittens and, therefore, it might be a good idea to avoid dairy products altogether if you find your cat is showing signs of discomfort or sickness after licking milk.
Alcohol and pets just do not mix; if you have cats, know that as little as half a small cup of alcohol can kill your cat within a very short time from liver and brain damage. Treat it as poison for all your pets.
Whether it’s coffee, tea, or any energy drink that contains caffeine, caffeine is detrimental to your cat’s health. Some of the aftereffects of a cat consuming caffeinated drinks include restlessness, tachycardia, tremors, rapid breathing and other signs of anxiety.
Tempting as it may be, do not feed anything that contains chocolate to your cats because the diuretic theobromine found inside all forms of chocolates can not only make your cat sick, but it can also cause deadly seizures in felines. Chocolate also has caffeine in it, so arrhythmia and muscle tremors are also common side effects experienced by cats after eating chocolate.
Now that you know what your cat cannot have, it should be much easier to make homemade treats for your cat, without ever having to risk the health of your pet.
Even if a recipe contains something that could be potentially dangerous for the cat, you will now know enough to not include it.