It’s no secret that cats are ordinary gourmets. According to the proverb, a thief is made of opportunity, and cats are made. An attractive bite, while not necessarily healthy, can quickly disappear in a cat’s mouth – before the owner of the plate notices. Although there are times when picky cats eat only certain foods, most purrs willingly eat even those foods that are not allowed for them due to their harmful effects. We remind you that we have prepared a list of those that cannot be eaten by a cat.
CHOCOLATE – Harmful because the theobromine it contains can cause problems related to the digestive system, brain and heart. It takes a relatively long time to digest and it should be added that dark chocolate is more harmful, since milk chocolate has a lower concentration of theobromine.
ONION – harmful to a cat in any form. The sulfur compounds contained in it destroy red blood cells, causing anemia in animals.
GARLIC – has a negative effect on cats and dogs, effectively destroying red blood cells, kidneys, stomach and intestines. This can lead to anemia. External symptoms include weakness, fatigue, and lethargy, as well as loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.
MILK … The popular belief that a cat loves to drink milk is true, but the problem is the lactose in milk, which most cats simply cannot digest. In cats, at the age of several months, the enzyme responsible for the correct digestion of lactose, that is, lactase, stops working. Milk consumption usually results in diarrhea and possible dehydration in cats. The solution is to feed with special milk available at pet stores.
RAISINS AND GRAPES – As with dogs, swallowing can damage the kidneys.
RAW MEAT – the unknown may contain parasites, so it can be safely fed when tested, cooked or scalded. However, meat after heat treatment loses its natural properties.
CRUDE PROTEIN – causes diseases of the skin and hair of cats, limits the absorption of biotin, that is, vitamin H.
ANIMAL BONES – Harmful, as they can lead to suffocation or intestinal perforation.
SALT Is another popular product that is often used by people. Its effect on the cat’s body is very harmful. This can lead to kidney and liver damage and, in extreme cases, death. It should be remembered that not only a single use is harmful, but also regular use with the food you receive.
POTATOES – contain harmful substances in the skin and slightly lower, such as solanine and chaconin. However, peeled and cooked, they are not a problem for cats and are a source of starch or carbohydrates.
SPINACH – The leaves of this plant can induce calcium oxalate, causing inflammation of the bladder and kidneys.
TOMATOES – contain atropine, but for cats the amount is so high that it can cause heart problems.
LIVER – if given too often and in relatively large quantities, it can poison the body with vitamin A.
HAM – contains a lot of preservatives and salt.
RAW FISH – although not all fish species contain the harmful thiamine, it is responsible for removing vitamin B1 from the body. You can not give a cat canned fish for humans. Raw fish that a cat can eat includes, among others, cod, salmon, pike, perch, and halibut.
ANALGETIC DRUGS – Ibuprofen or paracetamol can cause peptic ulcer disease in cats and can be harmful to the lining of the stomach and duodenum.
ALCOHOL Is a feline enemy. A small amount is enough to cause irreparable damage to the brain and liver.
ENERGY DRINKS – extremely harmful to cats.
COFFEE TEA – they contain caffeine and theine, they are also harmful, so be careful that your cat does not drink them.
If you ask if cats need grain, the answer is no. This is just a cheap supplement, and I must honestly say that our cats often have allergies, after which they begin to lose hair and have digestive problems.
Finally, as a curiosity, we would like to remind you that cats do not have sweet taste receptors. Your cat’s consumption of sugar and sweets can lead to obesity and dental problems. It can also cause diabetes and kidney failure.