In order to keep your feline friend healthy it is import to know what to feed them, and even more important to know what you should NEVER feed your cat!
Here is a list of the top 5 things you should never let your cat eat.
Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine which is highly toxic to animals. It can cause heart attacks.
Chocolate also causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Cats typically don’t have a sweet tooth but may ingest chocolate if hungry enough, bored or if they’ve developed a taste for sweets by having been fed sugary foods by the cat parent.
Chocolate also contains caffeine.
Dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain higher quantities of theobromine and caffeine.
Even a small amount of chocolate can be deadly to a cat.
Onions can be lethally toxic.
Onions destroy the red blood cells which results in Heinz body anemia.
Cats fed baby food containing onion powder is also dangerous.
It only takes a small amount of onion powder to create a serious health issue.
Don’t allow your cat to eat tablescraps because they may contain onions.
3. Raw Fish
The enzyme in raw fish is called thiaminase and it destroys the body’s thiamine (a B vitamin). An untreated thiamine deficiency can lead to seizures and even death.
4. Dog Food
Dog food is not formulated to meet a cat’s needs. It lacks the sufficient amount of protein and fat that cats require in their diet.
Dog food lacks the amino acid taurine, which is essential for cats. Dogs can manufacture taurine on their own but cats can’t and must depend on receiving it through their diet.
As delightful as the image of a kitten lapping up a saucer of milk may be, dairy products are a no-no for grown cats. Cats can be lactose intolerant, just like us, and should not be exposed to lactose once they’ve stopped nursing on their mother’s milk. Best Friends says sensitive cats can experience diarrhea, vomiting and an upset stomach. Cats may enjoy the taste of milk, and can even stomach it in small servings, but they won’t gain any nutrients they’re not already getting from a regular, balanced diet.
In order to make sure your cat is eating a balanced diet and receiving and the nutrients it needs to stay healthy it’s best to stick with cat food. Speak to your veterinarian for information about what you should feed your cat.