What Can Cats Not Eat?

A list of human foods that are poisonous to cats.

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Cats and chocolate

Cats and chocolate don’t mix. Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that is toxic to cats. Even a small amount of chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and seizures in cats. Chocolate can also be deadly, so it’s best to keep your cat away from any and all chocolate products.

Cats and onions

Onions are a no-no for cats. All members of the onion family – onions, chives, and garlic – can cause anemia in cats. Eating onions damages red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s organs.

Cats and grapes

Cats and grapes don’t mix. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats, and even a small amount can make your cat very ill. If you think your cat has eaten grapes or raisins, call your vet right away.

Cats and caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant and can be dangerous for cats. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, soda, and chocolate can all contain caffeiene and should be avoided.

Cats and alcohol

It’s not a good idea to give your cat any alcohol. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, and coma. In severe cases it can lead to death.

Cats and raw meat

You may have heard that feeding your cat raw meat is good for their health. After all, cats are carnivores and their diet in the wild consists mainly of raw meat. However, there are some risks associated with feeding your cat raw meat that you should be aware of before making the switch.

One of the biggest concerns with feeding cats raw meat is the risk of bacterial contamination. Bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli can be present in raw meat and can make your cat very ill if ingested. Infections from these bacteria can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and in severe cases, death.

Another concern is the risk of your cat contracting parasites such as toxoplasma gondii from eating raw meat. These parasites can cause a number of health problems including seizures, blindness, and even death.

Finally, raw meat may not provide all of the nutrients your cat needs to stay healthy. While cats in the wild get most of their nutrients from prey animals, domesticated cats eat a diet that is mostly processed and lacking in many essential nutrients. Feeding your cat a diet of raw meat may lead to them becoming malnourished over time.

If you do decide to feed your cat raw meat, it is important to do so safely. Make sure to purchase meat from a reputable source and always wash your hands thoroughly after handling it. It is also a good idea to cook the meat before feeding it to your cat to kill any harmful bacteria that may be present.

Cats and bones

Bones are a common treat for dogs, but they can be dangerous for cats. While bones from chicken, turkey, and other poultry are the most likely to cause problems, any bone has the potential to splinter and cause internal damage or blockage. If you must give your cat a bone, make sure it is fully cooked and watch closely to make sure they do not chew off and swallow large pieces.

Cats and dairy products

Cats and dairy products do not mix. While some cats can eat small amounts of dairy without becoming sick, most cats are lactose intolerant and will develop stomach upset and diarrhea if they consume dairy products. If your cat enjoys drinking milk or eating cheese, yogurt, or ice cream, be sure to offer only small amounts as a treat and watch for any signs of digestive distress. It is best to avoid giving dairy products to cats altogether.

Cats and corn

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require animal protein to survive. However, some cats enjoy a little bit of corn in their diet. While corn is not toxic to cats, it is not a necessary part of their diet and can cause digestive issues iffed in large amounts. If you do choose to feed your cat corn, do so in small quantities and monitor their stool for any changes.

Cats and catnip

Although cats love catnip, it’s important to remember that they can’t eat it. Catnip is a member of the mint family, and like all mints, it contains a compound called nepetalactone. This compound is perfectly safe for cats to smell, but if they ingest it, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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