Hi, I’m a dog named Bulencia. Today we’ll talk about 25 products that are dangerous for your cat. These products can lead to serious consequences, even death, so you need to know very well, what can not a cat eat?
I recommend feeding cats only special cat food. This is important for your pet’s health. If your cat has individual health features, consult your veterinarian to choose the right food.
1. Dangerous foods: These vegetables and fruits are prohibited
Most cats dislike eating fruits and vegetables, but there are those who are happy to enjoy such food. People are amused when their cat eats fruit or vegetables with pleasure and gives them to a pet. Of course, most vegetables or fruits are beneficial, but there are those that can greatly harm the cat. We’ll talk about them.
If you have a dog, I recommend reading my article "What not to feed a dog? These products are dangerous for dogs".
Everyone knows how beneficial an avocado is for humans, but it is very harmful to cats. This product contains the substance Persin, which causes an upset stomach, fluid buildup in the chest, and shortness of breath. There is also a risk that the cat will swallow a slippery pit of the avocado, which will lead to serious stomach problems.
Do your pets love apples? If so, you can safely treat the cat with delicious fruit. But before that, do not forget to remove the seeds from the apple. The fruit pulp is harmless to cats in moderation, but its seeds contain amygdalin, a form of cyanide that interferes with the transport of oxygen throughout the body. If a few numbers of seeds get into the cat’s stomach, there will not be a big problem, but if the pet eats a lot of them, he may experience cramps, breathing problems, collapse, and even a coma.
Leaves, stems and seeds of the apricot tree also contain cyanide, when a toxic substance enters the body of a cat, it blocks the supply of oxygen at the cellular level. As a result, the following symptoms may appear: dilated pupils, shortness of breath, bright red gums, insufficient oxygen levels, shock and death.
Who dislikes grapes and raisins? These sweet foods are very popular with people, and many cats also love to eat them. But even a few grapes or raisins can harm the pet. These foods can cause kidney failure in cats.
Usually, cats dislike the smell of citrus fruits and do not even try to taste them, but if your cat is interested in these fruits, you should not give them to her. The leaves, stems, peel and seeds of citrus fruits contain citric acid and essential oils, which cause irritation and even disruption of the central nervous system in cats when they are consumed in large quantities.
Many people love onions, they use it in cooking in large quantities, however, a vegetable can harm a cat when consumed in a small amount. Onions (green, ordinary and shallots) contain sulfoxides and sulfides, which can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia.
Garlic, like onions, leads the cat to anemia. Typically, garlic leads to such consequences when consumed in large quantities, but garlic powder is extremely toxic to pets, as it is very concentrated.
2. What can a cat not eat: prohibited animal products
If a cat and a dog live in your house, do not feed them both with dog food. Such food is cheaper, but the cat will not have enough vitamins and minerals contained in dog food. As a result, the cat will not receive the necessary nutrients and this will negatively affect his health.
Cats love canned fish and tuna is no exception. It is not as harmful as the other products in this article, but this does not mean that you can often feed your pet with such canned food. Eating canned tuna in large quantities can lead to depletion of the cat's body since tuna does not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals. Also, the constant use of this canned food leads to a lack of thiamine and even mercury poisoning.
If you want to feed the cat eggs, first boil them. Raw eggs can cause the cat to become infected with salmonella and other parasites, which can lead to pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
We all know that kittens are fed milk, but giving them cow's milk is harmful, as it is very oily. And for adult cats, milk is generally contraindicated, since the lactose that it contains is not digested by the pet’s stomach. This can lead to diarrhea and other indigestion.
Kittens should not drink milk either. If you want to know how to feed a newborn kitten, read my article on how to take care of a newborn kitten without a mother.
Animal fat is not dangerous for cats if it eats it in small quantities. But if you often feed your pet fatty meat or just chunks of fat, this can lead to serious stomach diseases, vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis.
If you give the cat a small amount of liver, then there is nothing dangerous. But with frequent feeding of a pet with this product, vitamin A intoxication may occur. If you want to give your pet delicious food, use cat treats.
Bones do not contain any toxins, however, these are the most dangerous foods for cats. Bones can lead to suffocation, bowel obstruction, or internal rupture of the digestive system.
3. What can a cat not eat: prohibited herbal products
Macadamia or Australian nut contains many healthy substances and vitamins, however, it is very dangerous for cats. After eating this nut, the animal may develop weakness, inability to stand, hind limb paralysis, severe abdominal pain, muscle tremors, and joint pain.
Of course, it is difficult to imagine that someone wants to feed the cat tobacco, but the pet can try it himself if he accidentally finds it. If your home has tobacco, keep it away from your pet. It contains nicotine, which negatively affects the digestive and nervous systems and causes acute vascular insufficiency in cats, heart palpitations, coma, and even death.
People can drink a few cups of coffee a day without consequences. For most cats, 1-2 cups of weak coffee will not cause poisoning. But if a pet eats a small number of coffee grounds, he may die. When this product is eaten, the cat becomes hyperactive, he develops vomiting, rapid pulse, hyperthermia, tremor, hypertension, convulsions, and other symptoms.
Remember that cats only drink water. And your pet should always have fresh water. For this, I recommend using a special cat bowl.
Rhubarb leaves are dangerous for cats, they contain oxalic and corrosive acid, which negatively affect the cat urogenital, nervous, and digestive systems.
4. What can a cat not eat: the most dangerous foods for cats
Never give your cat raw dough. It expands in the stomach intoxicated of moisture and heat and leads to bloating gastric expansion, and inversion of the intestines. In addition, the yeast roams, forming carbon dioxide and alcohol, which are absorbed into the bloodstream, and intoxication occurs.
Alcohol is harmful even to humans, therefore it is strictly forbidden to give it to a cat! Just one tablespoon of strong alcohol can lead to serious health consequences for cats. It causes depression in the pet, diarrhea, coordination problems and shortness of breath.
The chance that a cat will eat chewing gum is minimal, but even a small piece eaten by a cat can greatly damage its health. This product contains a natural sweetener, xylitol, which is very dangerous for most animals. Xylitol causes an increase in insulin, a sharp drop in blood sugar and even death.
Sweets should also not be given to cats, such products may contain sugar, which causes tooth decay and diabetes in cats. Also, the product may contain a sugar substitute - xylitol, which was described in the previous paragraph.
Chocolate is a sweet product, but we’ll talk about it separately because in addition to sugar it contains a substance - theobromine. It is easily digested by humans, but the cat digests it very slowly, accumulating toxins in the digestive system. As a result, the pet can get muscle tremors, abdominal pain, severe agitation, dehydration, cramps, and even death.
If you are worried about your cat’s safety, I also recommend reading my article “Cat safety: 5 dangers for your singing”.
If sweet is bad, can cats eat salt? No! Salt is very toxic to cats. It causes diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, excessive thirst or urination, abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body, cramps, tremors, kidney damage, coma, and, if untreated, death.
If you want to give your cat vitamins to improve his health, never give him human vitamin supplements. Especially if the supplements contain iron, which can damage the mucous membrane of the digestive system. Iron is also toxic to other organs, especially to the liver and kidneys. For your cat to benefit from vitamins, buy cat supplements.
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