How to Avoid Poisoning Your Cat

Every cat needs a high quality cat food that's packed full of nutrients. This type of food will give your cat everything she needs to be happy and healthy; anything else is really not needed but it can be tempting to give our cats a little extra treat. The occasional treat will be appreciated by your pet but it's worth knowing that there are some human foods that are dangerous for our pets.

Here are some of the foods you should AVOID feeding to your cats:


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    Don't feed your cats dairy products. Cats and cream or milk seem to go hand in hand. We picture a cute cat lapping from a bowl of milk, but in reality, cats cannot properly digest dairy products and it can give them a stomach upset. If you want to give your cat milk then buy milk specially formulated for cats that is free from lactose. Cats will be happy enough just given water to drink though.
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    Don't feed your cat dog food. They may seem to enjoy it, but the balance of nutrients in dog food is completely wrong for the dietary requirements of a cat. A long term dog food diet will lead to malnutrition.
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    Don't overdo the tuna. Cats adore tuna, but you should also be careful with this. A little now and again will be a tasty treat, but if you're feeding your cat tuna as a major part of their diet, they can suffer from malnutrition as although it is delicious, it is lacking in nutrients that your cat needs to stay fit and healthy.
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    Don't allow your cat to drink any type of caffeine. Caffeine can be lethal to cats so be careful if you leave a cup of tea or coffee where they can get at it. Don't forget there is also caffeine in chocolate. You may feel like you're really treating your cat by offering it a piece of chocolate, but it's very dangerous for them. If you want to give your cat chocolate you can buy commercial chocolate like treats for them, but as cats don't have a sweet tooth, there really is no point.
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    Don't ever let your cat drink alcohol. They usually won't like the smell of it, but be careful if you have a glass within their reach. Even a teaspoon of a strong spirit can kill a cat. Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in cats so these should not be fed as a treat. Also be careful if you have a pot of chives on the windowsill or growing in your garden. Onions and chives are poisonous to cats. A small amount shouldn't do them much harm, but eaten in a large quantity they can have a bad effect.
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    Don't give them any type of sweets; especially sugar free sweets. Sugar free sweets are also dangerous for cats, the ingredient xylitol is often used as a substitute for sugar in such sweets. Cats are very sensitive to this substance and it can cause liver failure.

= Don't Allow Your Cat to Eat:

  • Alcohol
  • Bones from fish or poultry
  • Chocolate, tea, coffee and other products containing caffeine
  • Fat trimmings
  • Garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Liver
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Dairy
  • Mouldy food
  • Mushrooms
  • Pits from peaches and plums
  • Potato
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomato leaves
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw fish
  • Salt
  • Sugary foods
  • Table scraps

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