These human foods are toxic for your cat


Jade Poole from I Write Words

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Dangerous foods you shouldn’t give your cat (and milk is one of them)

We get that cats are part of your family and because of this, we tend to want to treat them to the goodies we indulge in.

But the thing is, you need to make sure what you are feeding your cat is not harmful to their health. And what’s more, you also need to keep an eye on your precious feline member of the family to ensure they don’t eat anything you leave on the kitchen counter.

Have a look at the following list of human foods that are toxic to your cat and make sure Whiskers doesn’t get his paws on any of these!

1. Alcohol

Alcohol can cause severe brain and liver damage in cats, a teaspoon of alcohol can cause serious harm to your cat! So rather cheers your feline family member with water.

2. Caffeine

Coffee, tea and energy drinks can cause rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors and cause your cat to become restless.

3. Chocolate

There is a compound found in chocolate called theobromine that can cause seizures, heart arrhythmias and muscle tremors.

4. Dairy products

Did you know that your cat can become lactose intolerant when he is an adult? When your cat drinks milk he can suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea.

5. Raw meat, eggs, fish and fat trimmings

It’s a good idea to first consult with your vet before adding any of these items to your cat’s diet as they could cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and other issues.

6. Grapes and raisins

Although Whiskers is not very likely to want to eat raisins or grapes, it is best not to let him near them as they can lead to health issues.

7. Garlic and onions

Some onion or garlic in a little bit of sauce is not likely to result in any issues, but if your cat eats a garlic clove or a green onion, then this can result in serious tummy issues.

8. Tuna

Tuna that is made into food for cats is perfectly healthy and good for your cat. BUT - tuna that is made and sold for human consumption can lead to digestive issues, even as an occasional treat in small amounts.

9. Xylitol

This popular sugar-free alternative has become the go-to for sweetening drinks and foods. But it is not a healthy choice for cats (and dogs). There are more cases of dogs becoming ill from this sweetener, but its best to not let your cat have any either!

What to do if you think your cat has been poisoned

If you think your cat has eaten one of these foods, then try to figure out which one she ate.

Call your vet and ask for advice if you notice any of thee symptoms:

●     Reduced appetite

●     Diarrhoea

●     Lethargy

●     Decreased urination

You might have to induce vomiting if you think your cat has eaten something he shouldn’t and is showing the above symptoms (make sure to phone your vet first and see if you can find out what your cat ate).

To induce vomiting, you will need to mix between 1 and 3 teaspoons of salt for every 250 ml of water.  Use a syringe to inject this into your cat's mouth - they should vomit after this.

Lastly, make sure you have pet insurance to help cover the vet bills in emergencies like these!

Yours in paws,


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