We love to spoil our cats but did you know that some foods we eat are really dangerous for cats. As a cat owner, it is important to know what is suitable to feed your cat and what can cause harm to cats, so that they can be avoided.
- Alcohol– Never give your cat alcohol, just like us humans it can affect your cats brain & liver. Just a couple of spoons of alcohol could put your cat in a coma & kill them. Cats are not built to drink alcohol and eat alcohol filled sweets & foods.
- Candy and Gum– Sweets and anything sweetened with xylitol should be avoided for your cat. Even tho you might be tempted to give your cat a little treat, a bit of cake or small sweet, you are better off avoiding them. Foods such as candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods and diet foods tend to contain xylitol. This increases insulin in the cats’ body which may cause blood sugar levels to drop. This can contribute to vomiting, lethargy, seizures, loss of coordination and more seriously liver failure. .
- Chocolate– We humans often love chocolate, but for cats it is not an indulgence they will often go for. Never give your cat chocolate as it contains theobromine, toxic for cats. If eaten it can cause heart palpitations, seizures and even death.
- Dog Food– Most people think feeding your cat some dog food is ok. Whilst it isn’t going to hurt them it has not been formulated for them and it doesn’t meet their nutritional standards. Dogs are very different to cats, which are carnivores. Feeding your cat, dog food will mean your cat will be malnourished and not getting the vitamins & minerals it needs to thrive.
- Fat Trimmings and Bones-It is quite common for cats to be fed scraps of the table, they can contain fat. Fat is dangerous for cats to eat. Cats eating fat can cause pancreatitis. Bones are also very dangerous as cats can choke even on cooked bones. Bones can also splinter causing cuts and can get caught in the digestive tract.