Cats are independent pets and because they are such picky eaters, people often think cats know what’s best for them when its about food. Although most cats won’t gobble up people food, that doesn’t mean cats will never try to grab some human food. Some times when people give them food thinking its good for them, they might end up hurting their cat. There is much misinformation about cats and what to feed them.
1. Onions, Garlic and Chives:
Onions regardless if it’s raw, cooked, powdered or even dehydrated can cause anaemia in cats. Even a small amount over time can cause onion poisoning in felines. Garlic and chives are not as threatening as onions but they can cause gastrointestinal upset for cats. And if consumed in large amounts they can be dangerous.
2. Canned Tuna:
Cats can get addicted to tuna. The strong smell and taste are heaven for them. Too much tuna can lead to health problems. And all though fish is a great source of protein, tuna contains higher amounts of mercury. If consumed in large quantities, it can cause mercury poisoning. Tuna also doesn’t contain adequate amounts of Vitamin E.
3. Dairy products:
Because cats love milk and anything that contains any dairy products, we think it’s good for them. But in fact, most cats are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive system can’t process the most common dairy foods, and the result can be stomach distress with diarrhoea.
4. Alcohol & Caffeine:
Any foods or drinks containing alcohol is unhealthy for your cat. Alcohol has the same effect on a cat’s liver and brain that it has yours. Only two teaspoons of whisky can cause a coma in a 5-pound cat and it can also be fatal. If given in large quantities, caffeine can be fatal for a cat. Restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors are the symptoms of caffeine poisoning and there is no antidote.
6. Fat Trimmings and Bones:
Both fat and bones, cooked and uncooked, could be dangerous for cats. They can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhoea. And there are always risks of choking on bones. Bones can splinter and cause an obstruction or cut the inside of your cat’s digestive system. So it’s better to keep your cat away from table scraps.