What You Should Never Feed a Cat!
Bo, the in-house cat and feline expert: Hey, folks! Welcome back to our blog! Today’s focus is on what foods you should never give your cat. I have a rather mischievious dog (Jessie) with whom I share a household, and she has been known to try to feed me a lot of crap over the years, the most notable of which is pure BS. She tries to feed that to me daily, but I don’t fall for it. It makes me sick to my stomach anyway. This post will highlight some foods that you, as a cat owner, should never attempt to give your cat.
- Baby food – This may contain onion powder, which is toxic to cats. (Even onion breath, courtesy of Jessie, can be toxic. Have you smelled her breath lately?)
- Bones from fish, poultry, or other sources of meat – Theses can obstruct or cut a cat’s digestive system.
- Chocolate, coffee, tea, and any caffeine – These can affect the heart and nervous system.
- Dog food – A one-time accidental ingestion should not pose a problem, but if eaten repeatedly, your cat can become malnourished or sustain heart problems. (Besides, what proper cat would ever consider dining on kibbles and bits?)
- Grapes and raisins – These contain an unknown toxin, which can be harmful to the kidneys.
- Large amounts of liver – Too much vitamin A is toxic, leading to problems with muscles and bones.
- Macadamia nuts – These can adversely affect the digestive and nervous systems as well as the muscles.
- Milk and other dairy products – If your cat does not have enough of the enzyme lactase, it will be unable to break down the lactose in the milk, resulting in diarrhea. There are lactose-free milk products made for cats.
- Moldy or spoiled food – Seriously? Would you really consider serving us this stuff? Oh, well, if a cat does get into the garbage, it can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, which can also affect other organs. Think of food poisoning in yourself. Blah…..
- Mushrooms – These can affect many systems in your cat’s body and can contribute to shock or even death.
- Raw fish – This can result in a vitamin B deficiency which can create a loss of appetite, seizures, and in some cases, death.
- Sugary foods – Just like with humans, too much of the sweet stuff can lead to weight gain, obesity, and diabetes.
- Table scraps – Sure, the dog may go for these, but even for them, these are not balanced nutritionally. We need the fat trimmed from our diets.
- Raw eggs – Eating these can lead to skin and coat problems. These can even contain salmonella. Keep them away from us!
And remember….just like I mentioned about Jessie…never feed your cat a line of crap! We are smart and can smell that stuff a mile away! However, be sure to feed us lots of love every day! We thrive on that supplement!
Have a good one!
(I found this info on one of those pet education sites. Interestingly enough, it also said to avoid feeding your cat alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. C’mon, people! A responsible cat owner would not even consider doing such things!)