7 Foods Cats should not be fed

How many times do you hear people saying, “Cats Love Milk!” This is a common myth that we have all been exposed to. The same as dogs, cats are unable to eat and digest all food. When they see you consuming chocolate or cheese, don’t allow them to meow at you.

Here are 7 foods your cat should be avoided eating

  • Dairy product

We watched as our mother fed the cats milk from a bowl. All these years we were taught the same thing! It’s okay if other people have believed that cats can enjoy dairy and dairy products. Sometimes they are unable to drink dairy due to lactose intolerance. The question is what is lactoseIntolerance.

The condition of lactose intolerance means that the body cannot digest milk and other milk products. It is important for cats to be aware that not everyone is lactose sensitive. However, as cats age, their ability of breaking down lactose becomes less.

Milk products are harmful to their digestive system.

  1. Upset stomach
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea

How does the kittens digest their mother’s breast milk? When kittens are born, they produce the enzyme lactase. This enzyme helps to digest milk. If a kitten does not have a mother, vets may recommend that the kitten be given formulated milk from a market.

  • Chocolate

Chocolates are our favorite! It is a treat that we all love in the human community. It is also used in multiple recipes. But chocolates should be avoided for cats. Have you ever wondered how it works?

There are some ingredients in chocolates that can cause cat poisoning. Theobromine and caffein are readily absorbed by the body. This isn’t true for cats. Cats can’t digest these ingredients. A cat that is repeatedly exposed to toxic substances will experience toxic buildup. This will result in symptoms such as –

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Fever
  4. Rapid breathing
  5. Rapid heart rate
  6. Seizures

Extreme cases can result in death from chocolate consumption. It can cause severe liver damage or even heart failure.

  • Raw chicken, meat, fish & eggs

A common belief among cat owners is that their cat would prefer raw chicken or meat grilled in an gas Grill. It is not safe to eat raw food. Raw food can be contaminated by bacterias like E.coli and Salmonella. These pathogens can cause illness in your cat, including diarrhea, vomiting, and even lethargy.

Raw eggs are not recommended to cats. “Avidin,” an antinutritional element found in raw eggs, blocks cats’ bodies from absorption of biotin. This can cause skin problems or a dull coat.

  • Grapes & raisins

Cats are poisoned by grapes and raisins. While not enough research has been done to confirm this, the consumption of grapes and raisins can lead to ailments like –

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Lethargy
  4. Kidney failure

Your vet should be notified if your cat takes in any of these items. Also, if you have these items at your home, keep your kitten away from them.

It’s common for cats to eat dog food. If you have a cat and a pet dog, it is likely that your cat has tried your dog’s food. You might be able to give your cat a little bit of the food occasionally, but are you sure it’s safe for them long-term?

No, it’s not.

Dog food can also be unsafe for cats. It is designed to protect your dog’s safety and health. The ingredients may seem similar, but it isn’t. While some ingredients might look the same, there are common nutritional requirements. However, cats still need vitamin A and taurine.

Though cats produce taurine, they do so in a reduced amount. Commercial dog food contains Vit A, Turine, and Arachidonic Acid. But the dogs’ requirements are different. Vitamin A and Taurine are more important for cats than they are for dogs.

You can make your cat sick by giving it dog food. This can lead your cat to become weak and then malnourished. If your cat is a regular eater of your dog’s food then you should stop.

  • Garlic & onion

We often use garlic and onion in our cooking. It is healthy and enhances the flavor. But is it equally safe for your cat? The answer is no

The allium plant family contains garlic and onions, which can be toxic to cats. Cats should not eat onions in any form – whether they are cooked, dried, baked, or purged.

They are toxic to cats because they damage red blood cells and can lead to anemia.

  • Tuna

Tuna is used in many commercial cat foods. Tuna is high-protein and low-carbohydrate. It also contains omega-3 essential fatty fatty oils EPA (or DHA), which can help with skin and coat condition, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, skin disease, and other conditions.

Tuna also has mercury. The FDA (Food & Drug Administration), recommends that maximum tolerable levels for nonreproducing cats are 267 and 67 nanograms respectively. It is important that you do not feed tuna more mercury than these values. Mercury poisoning could result from excessive tuna feeding. It is important to always eat tuna in moderation.

Cats are curious creatures by nature. They love exploring every corner and will jump, climb, and explore everything in their way. These food items should be kept out of reach and away from cats. Happy cat parenting!

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