9 Foods to Never Give to Your Cat

9 Foods to Never Give to Your Cat
9 Foods to Never Give to Your Cat
"People" foods to avoid


1. Chocolate
Chocolate contains Theobromine, which is toxic to cats, even in small amounts, as well as caffeine, another no-no.






2. Onion
Onions contain N-propyl disulphide which causes anemia and, thereby, jaundice (yellow discolouration in lips and eyelids, as well as skin in light-skinned cats). A toxic dose for the average cat would be a couple slices, so watch those onions!




3. Uncooked potatoes & tomatoes
Both these plants come from the deadly nightshade family. Eaten raw, they are likely to cause cats gastrointestinal distress. Cooked tomatoes and potatoes, however, have no toxic effects. (Eating green potatoes, cooked or not, can cause cardiac issues, hallucinations and paralysis, but as they are bitter this is not likely to be an issue.)



4. Milk & milk products
As kittens, cats can drink cow’s milk, but as they grow up cats become intolerant to lactose, a sugar found in cow’s milk, and can no longer digest dairy products. Even a few laps of milk or a tidbit of cheese can cause gastrointestinal pain and diarrhea in adult cats. Lactose-free milk or live culture yogurt, however, can be given at any age.


5. Yeast dough
The ingestion of yeast dough can cause severe abdominal pain, intestinal rupture, and even alcohol poisoning as the dough rises and expands and the yeast ferments.





6. Grapes & raisins
Grapes and raisins may cause kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea in cats.







7. Caffeine & alcohol
This one may seem obvious, and chances are these beverages would never end up in a cat dish, but if a curious cat were to lap the dregs out of a coffee cup or get into an open saucepan of penne vodka sauce, the consequences would likely be fatal as there is no cure for caffeine or alcohol poisoning in cats. Three tablespoons of 40 percent liquor is enough to prove deadly.


8. Garlic & chives
Like onions, garlic and chives can also cause anemia and gastrointestinal problems in cats. In small amounts, chives are sometimes included in commercial cat food. While this may not be enough to cause problems, don’t let your cat mistake your window box of chives for a planter of cat grass.



9. Xylitol
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in candy, gum, and even some toothpastes. Xylitol will produce seizures in cats soon after ingestion and liver failure a day or so after, so keep your gum out of kitty’s grasp.

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Comments (8)

My sweetheart actually likes vanilla pudding! I thought cat's didn't like sweets,but she likes her pudding in small amounts,lol,and saltine crackers! Damdest thing i've ever seen! I let her have what she likes,but in small amounts!
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:25
Not all cats are lactose intolerant, my cat isn't, vet even confirmed it for us and told us that she can have a little bit of milk occasionally since she isn't lactose intolerant, shes gets a tiny bit of milk every now and then and has never had any problems with it.
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:02
My cat goes mad for fat free milk, even sits in front of the fridge looking up at it when he wants some lol and it doesn't seem to do him any harm, however he won't touch it if it isn't fat free!!
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 18:41
Xylitol is NOT artificial. Please get your facts straight. Yes it is bad for cats, but it is not an artificial sweetener!
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 02:59
According to the Animal Poison Control, xylitol is not toxic to cats. There have been no reported cases of toxicity in cats. It was assumed for quite some time that it would also be for cats, who are traditionally more sensitive.
The symptoms described ARE accurate for dogs however. It is truly deadly, even in very small quantities for dogs.
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:51
My cat goes nuts for tomatoes - raw and cooked - and has never had a problem. As soon as I start slicing one there she is begging!
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:12
our cats occasionaly get small bits of (gouda) cheese and one of them is addicted to weight care shakes with chocolate flavour... every now and then there are even moments our cats get to cow milk! of course we don't feed it to them daily but in small amounts we never had any trouble with this... i'd like to call "BS" on this article but i cant confirm or deny the other claims but if three of them aren't true in all five cats i've owned in my lifetime...
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:29
There are a lot of unchecked "facts" in this article as were previously pointed out. The one about the garlic is also incorrect. I fed my cat a raw diet that contained garlic for 15 yrs and he was never anemic. There is an article online on Animal Wellness Magazine about garlic which is very helpful.

Regarding the lactose intolerance, I have had cats for the past 30 years. NONE has ever been lactose intolerant.
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