8 foods that are harmful to cats
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society | Cat Care | March 15, 2022
Cats are curious creatures who sometimes have a way of sneaking a snack they shouldn’t. Do you know which common foods in your kitchen could be hazardous to Fluffy’s health?
Foods to keep away from cats
- Alcohol and caffeine – The effects that alcohol and caffeine have on humans is more severe in cats and can be life-threatening.
- Chocolate – The theobromine in chocolate is highly toxic to cats. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate have the highest concentrations of theobromine, making them even more dangerous. Cats can suffer from abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death depending on the amount of chocolate consumed.
- Fried and fatty foods – Aside from obesity and health related problems, fried and fatty foods can cause diarrhea in cats.
- Garlic and onions – A staple in many kitchens, garlic and onions are toxic to cats. They can damage red blood cells, resulting in anemia, and can cause gastrointestinal upset, resulting in diarrhea.
- Grapes and raisins – Kidney failure can occur in cats who consume grapes and raisins. Early warning signs include repeated vomiting and hyperactivity.
- Milk, cream and cheese – After being weaned, a cat’s lactose intolerance increases. Feeding cats dairy products can cause stomach upset and discomfort.
- Raw eggs – In addition to the risk of food poisoning, raw eggs can interfere with your kitty’s ability to absorb the B vitamin biotin.
- Liver – If your cat eats large quantities of liver, it can cause vitamin A toxicity, which can affect bones and ultimately led to painful or limited movement.
Read more from Royal Canin about foods, plants and household chemicals that can be harmful to cats.
See more People Foods to Avoid Feeding Pets from the ASPCA.
What about dogs? Here’s what you need to know to keep your canine friends safe.
If you think that your furry friend has eaten something they shouldn’t, contact your veterinarian immediately to seek advice.
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