Did you know that there are prohibited foods for cats? These foods can cause you from vomiting and diarrhea to illness. Some are even toxic. It is very important to know what food can you offer your cat for sure and which not. To know everything you can give it, take a look at the article on what cats can eat, in which you will find the best meat and fish for them, fruits, vegetables and other foods that you can include in their diet.
Today we tell you what are the prohibited foods for cats that you should never give and why they can be dangerous to their health. Some of them you will already know and you will know that they can be harmful but, it is likely that many others will surprise you. The digestive system and metabolism of the cat is different from that of the dog and that of the human being and it is not prepared to assimilate the same food as we or our dog. The severity will largely depend on the level of toxicity of the food and the amount you eat but, in some cases, they can cause death.
What are the prohibited foods for cats?
The foods that you will find in this list can make your feline feel bad or cause a real health problem.
- Milk. If your cat does not tolerate lactose, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Raw meat or fish, because they can be infected by parasites such as toxoplasma or anisakis
- Sausages and preserves. High salt content can damage the kidney system.
- Fatty foods like bacon, jerky or butter can cause pancreatitis.
- Sugary foods like buns and cookies they can’t metabolize them either.
- Onion, garlic and leek. They have a substance (thiosulfate) that, in large doses or consumed regularly, can cause anemia. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Grapes and raisins. Consumed in large quantities, they damage the renal system, making them one of the most harmful forbidden cat foods.
- Bananas. A snack won’t hurt, but eating too much can cause diarrhea.
- Citrus like orange and lemon they cause stomach discomfort and upset.
- Fish entrails. Offering them in large amounts or frequently can destroy your cat’s vitamin B1 deposits, which can lead to paralysis or muscle stiffness
- Raw potatoes. Uncooked potatoes have a substance (solanine) that is toxic. However, once boiled, they are totally safe and good for cats.
- Raw eggs. It contains a substance (avidin) that prevents the absorption of vitamin B. In addition, they can have parasites.
- Mushrooms. Some varieties are toxic to cats so it is best to avoid them.
- Canned cans. Due to its high salt content.
The most dangerous foods for cats
- Chocolate. It contains a toxic substance (theobromine) that can cause vomiting and diarrhea to tachycardia, organ failure and, if you eat a large amount, even death. It is one of the prohibited foods for cats and dogs best known for its dangerousness.
- Coffee. Caffeine is toxic to cats and affects the heart and neurology.
- Alcohol. They cannot metabolize it and it is highly toxic. Its ingestion causes vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, tremors … It can be fatal.
- Salt. Hypertension, kidney damage.
- Avocado. On the one hand, it has too much fat that can lead to pancreatitis and, on the other, it has a substance (persin) that is highly toxic.
- Figs. They have a toxic substance, psoralen.
- Nuts Like walnuts and peanuts, they can cause intoxication affecting the nervous and muscular systems, with symptoms such as tremors, weakness or paralysis.
- Seeds, leaves and skin of some fruits like apples, peaches, apricots, persimmons or plums, they can be toxic.
- Bones and thorns of meat and fish, because they can choke or injure themselves and even perforations in the esophagus and intestine.
If your feline has eaten any of these forbidden cat foods, contact your vet. Depending on the amount and level of toxicity you have, one or the other treatment will be necessary. In the most severe cases you may need to have a stomach wash.
Remember that some of the foods that we have collected are only dangerous if consumed in large quantities. If, for example, your cat has eaten a piece of onion or has tried a little sauce made with onion at a specific moment, you do not have to worry. Like if one day you eat a piece of bacon or chorizo, nothing will happen. But, now that you know what are the prohibited foods for cats, always try to avoid them at all costs for prevention.
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