Our sassy furry companions are certainly precious to us. So, there is nothing more painful than to feel or know for a fact that you were responsible for your beloved tabby’s death. But painful as it may sound, some of us have unconsciously caused our cat’s death by either feeding them with foods toxic for cats that they weren’t supposed to eat or by innocently leaving such foods lying around and our tabby accessing it.
At Cornucopia, we believe ignorance is no defense. For this reason, we strongly advise that you not just scan over this, but really skim through it for the vital information it contains concerning foods toxic for cats.
If you really love and care for your cat, as you do yourself, then you will do and be informed about everything that’s good for it so it lives a healthy and as long a life. That includes reading up on which foods you should keep away from your cat.
Since you may be unknowingly feeding your feline food toxic for cats without really knowing it. Today, we at Cornucopia thought it best to share information with and educate you about certain foods which are harmful and, in cases, might be lethal to your cat.
Below is a list of twelve foods toxic for cats that you should keep from them. Some of the foods toxic to cats may be obvious to you, while others may come as both a shock and a surprise. In any case, by the end of this post, we hope and pray you will be more informed about which foods are toxic, so that you can take the necessary precautions for your cat. Measures such as keeping your cat healthy and alive with expertly created and licensed all-natural foods from Cornucopia Pet Foods.
Food Toxic for Cats
Onions, Garlic, and Chives
Just as they are lethal to vampires, shallots, garlic, onions, and scallions can also damage your cat’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Other toxic effects manifest as symptoms- lethargy, weakness, reduced appetite, and orange to dark red urine.
Raw Meat, Fish, and Eggs
Such foods as the ones above contain harmful bacteria, like Salmonella and E. Choli. Raw eggs contain avidin, an enzyme that prevents cats from absorbing a B vitamin called biotin which is necessary for fur and coat health. Consequently, a cat develops neurological issues that can lead to convulsions or coma.
Proverbially, cats have often been stereotyped as fish loving. Knowing this as we all do, therefore, finding tuna in the foods toxic for cats list is quite a shocking surprise. Indeed, given how pop culture frequently depicts tuna as a cat’s meal of choice, you would think that it is safe for them to eat, right folks?
What! We hear you. Dairy products under foods toxic for cats?! Surely there must be some mistake. Again, yet another surprise shock to pop culture’s frequent depiction of fat tabbies like Garfield lazily lapping full cream milk. Ever heard of the satisfied “cat that got the cream”? It is probably writhing in pain somewhere. Like us humans, cats become lactose intolerant when they are reintroduced to it when they are older. As such, regularly feeding a cat dairy products will cause it gastrointestinal pain and diarrhea.
Chocolate and Caffeinated Beverages
Just as chocolate is not good for dogs, neither is it for cats. This is because the methylxanthines found in dark chocolate and caffeinated drinks it can cause a range of health issues in cats, including vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, high body temperature, abnormal heart rhythm, muscle tremors, increased thirst, and seizures.
Alcohol and Bread Dough
Anything containing alcohol is potentially fatal to cats. Consuming just a small amount of it by a cat will lead to vomiting, diarrhea, coma, and even death. Similarly, bread dough causes gas to build up in the stomach and subsequently causes bloating and twisting, which can be lethal. Moreover, alcohol is a byproduct of yeast, thereby making death imminent.
Grapes and Raisins
For reasons that are not clear, even a small number of grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in cats and dogs.
Nuts are rich in oils and fats that can cause digestive problems and possibly even pancreatitis in cats. Macadamia, pecans and walnuts have been particularly cited as dangerous.
Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and limes contain citric acid and essential oils that can be toxic to cats. All parts of the fruit, including peels and stem, should be avoided. Small quantities can upset the stomach, while large quantities can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting, and central nervous system depression.
Both the milk and flesh of coconuts can cause digestive problems in pets. Coconut water is also too high in potassium to be safe for pets. However, coconut oil may help remedy some cat skin issues but consultation with a vet is needed before deciding.