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Foods to Never Feed Your Cat!

Monday, May 31, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes we think that our kitties can eat everything that we eat. This is not true and their are some foods that you should not give your cat at all.

  1. Garlic and onions -Garlic and onions contain chemicals that can damage red blood cells in cats and dogs. Cooking these foods does not reduce their potential toxicity, because they contain organosulfoxides. Make sure you carefully read food labels; fresh, cooked and/or powdered garlic and/or onions can be dangerous for pets even in small doses.
  2. Uncooked Eggs-Cats need significantly more protein than dogs because of species differences in protein metabolism. However, raw eggs may expose them to salmonella or lead to an inflamed pancreas, known as pancreatitis. It’s safe to serve your kitty cooked eggs — but only on occasion and only in small amounts.
  3. Bones –Because bones can splinter, they can cause a cat to choke as well as block the intestinal tract. If a bone becomes an intestinal obstruction, it is a true emergency that may require surgery.
  4. Fat Trimmings –Although cats need certain essential amino acids found only in meat, feeding fat trimmings is not a safe way to try to provide them. Feeding your feline such fat can lead to gastrointestinal upset and even pancreatitis.
  5. Caffeinated Drinks – Caffeinated drinks can cause a fast heart beat in cats. Always avoid them.

For more information on foods hazardous to cats, visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website. And keep the organization’s phone number — 888-426-4435 — handy in the event of an emergency.

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