Dangerous Foods To Feed Cats

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Pets are members of our family. It’s important understand that sharing some food items can have dangerous effects on your cat.

Onions/Garlic: These can damage of red blood cells and lead to anemia in cats. The size of the dose determines the level of lethargy and poisoning.

 

 

 

Macadamia Nuts: These contain an unfamiliar toxin, which can have an affect on the digestive and nervous systems and muscle of cats.

Salt: If taken in large quantities by cats, it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.

 Raw Eggs: Raw eggs can lead to salmonella in cats. Symptoms of the illness will vary but can include vomiting and diarrhea. Try to keep your cat away from eggs.

Alcohol: Cats habitually tend to be attracted to drinks. Even a small amount of alcohol can be life-threatening.

Tobacco: Cigarettes contain nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems and can result in collapse, rapid heartbeat, coma, and even death.

Raisins: Raisins are poisonous to cats. Avoid giving raisins; even few can cause sudden kidney failure in your cat. Grapes are also harmful to cats. Diarrhea, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, weakness, and decreased urination are some of the some of the symptoms if consumed by your pet.

Tuna and Raw Meat: Feeding canned tuna or any fish/seafood on a regular basis is not a good idea. Raw meat like chicken or turkey or other poultry could be dangerous for your fur-friend.

Tea, Coffee, Energy Drinks: Any caffeinated drinks can cause your cat to become restive, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors.

Chocolate:  Theobromine, is a compound in chocolate that is of major concern. It is in all forms of chocolate, and most concentrated in dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Consumption can cause heart arrhythmias, muscle tremors, or seizures. Chocolate also contains caffeine.

Cheese And Dairy: Although some cats are able to eat cheese without any problem, dairy products often make the list of dangerous foods for cats. Many cats that mature to adulthood become intolerant to lactose. For these adult cats milk, cheese, or any other dairy product cause diarrhea.

It is best to restrict your cat from having any of these items; however if you suspect your cat ate any of these foods, call a veterinary doctor immediately. Try to determine how much she may have eaten.  Call your veterinarian for specific advice; in many cases small quantities are not likely to be a problem but larger quantities may require you to induce vomiting in your cat or to take her to your veterinarian.

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