In an effort to feed your cat a diet that you find more exciting, you coud actually harm your feline friend.
It’s tough to say no, but there are foods you kitty should never be allowed to eat. Just as you shouldn’t be eating cat food, they shouldn’t be eating human food.
You might be tempted to substitute human food, like tuna fish, when you realize you forgot to pick up more of your cat’s cuisine at the store. Instead, put a coat over your pjs and go to the store, or call a neighbor and borrow a cup of kitty kibble.
These are not the only items that are harmful to your cat. Please, before you feed, research online.
Here are 10 items that should never find their way into you cat’s dinner dish:
- Tuna fish- a small bite isn’t probably going to hurt your cat, but don’t replace their regular meal with the same amout of tuna fish. A steady dose of tuna can actually result in malnutrition because it doesn’t offer enough nutrition.
- Fruit – especially those with pits and seeds, like apricots, cherry, and apples.
- Avocado – Depending on who you ask, avacados are either really healthy, or toxic for you cat. Small dose might be OK, before I feed my Samantha avacado I am going to check with her veterinarian.
- Coffee or tea – If your cat is prone to taking a lap or two out of your drinks, don’t leave coffee unattended
- Alcohol – Not funny, definitely unhealthy
- Cow milk / cream – Oh sure, the cute picture has always been a cat lapping up a bowl of cream, but did you know that most cats are lactose intolerant? This results in upset tummies and diaharea.
- Macadamia nuts
- Liver – Small amounts of liver probably won’t hurt your cat, but eating too much can result in a vitamin A toxicity. This is a serious condition that can affect your cat’s bones.
- Onion in all forms can break down a cat’s red blood cells and lead to anemia.
When should you see a vet?
If you suspect your cat ate something he shouldn’t have, try to determine how much she ate.
Call your veterinarian’s office, they know your pet, his meds, and whether there is going to be a problem that needs to be addressed.
If your veterinarian is unavailable or unequipped to handle the situation, call the nearest animal hospital or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680. This is especially important if your cat is displaying symptoms such as muscle tremors or repeated vomiting.