|Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
Here are a few foods to avoid giving your cat.
- Tuna: Some tuna is fine, but as its only diet it can cause mercury poisoning, malnutrition, and addiction to tuna.
- Onions/Garlic/Chives: Cause gastrointestinal upset. Onions can break down red blood cells causing anemia.
- Milk: They are lactose intolerant so it causes upset tummy and diarrhea.
- Alcohol: Damages liver and brain. 2 tsp of whiskey can cause coma in a 5 pound cat, 1 more tsp would kill the cat.
- Grapes/Raisens: Small amount causes vomitting and hyperactivity. Can kill due to kidney failure. Not sure why this is.
- Caffeine: High quantities can be fatal. Causes restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits.
- Chocolate: Theobromine in chocolate causes abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and death. The darker the chocolate the worse it is. Unsweetened is really bad.
- Candy/Gum: Xylitol found in these causes increase in insulin, liver failure, vomitting, lethargy, lack of coordination, and seizures.
- Fat trimmings/Bones: Fat causes pancreatitis. Bones can splinter and cause obstruction or laceration.
- Raw eggs: Food poisoning from Salmonella or E. Coli. Protein in egg whites (avidin) interferes with absorption of B vitamin Biotin which causes skin and coat problems.
- Dog food: Not enough protein so the cat will be malnourished. Can cause blindness as the main diet.
- Liver: Small amount is ok. Large amount causes Vitamin A toxicity. This causes deformed bones, bone growths, osteoporosis, and death.
- Too many treats: Obesity and diabetes.
- Yeast Dough: Swells and stretches the abdomen. Yeast ferments and can cause alcohol poisoning.
- People meds: One of the most common causes of poisoning in a cat. Acetominophen and ibuprofen can be deadly.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435. There is a fee to call them, but it is worth it if you suspect poisoning.
Info found on WebMD
By: Kara Zapko
Categories: Pet Health