Our feline friends are indeed a curious lot. The age old fable claims that cats have nine lives, but the origin of this myth is somewhat unclear. One theory is that cats are more tenacious and perhaps even “luckier” than many other animals. Whatever the reason, we can certainly do our part to ensure they live long, healthy lives.
Most of us know that there are some human foods our pets shouldn’t eat. Keeping our cats away from alcohol, for example, is a no-brainer. But did you know that onion powder can cause anemia in cats and dogs? Because of their different metabolisms, many common foods that are safe for human consumption are not safe for your cat. Reactions can range from upset stomachs to severe illness or death.
Some cats will beg you for food while you’re trying to eat. It becomes very tempting to give our feline friends some of our human food. We have good intentions. We want our cats to taste what we’re eating. We want our cats to be happy.
Sometimes, not very often, we give our cats a tidbit of chicken or turkey from our plates. But, it’s a practice we don’t encourage doing on a regular basis. Why? Because cats need the nutrients specifically provided for them in good premium cat foods. Any “extras” that they consume will take away their appetites for their regular meals. A sliver of turkey or chicken from your dinner plate certainly won’t kill your cat, but you’re helping him or her develop bad habits.
The main reason we discourage feeding cats “people food” is that there are a number of foods that are toxic, or poisonous to cats. In other words, there are foods that can cause your cat serious injury or death. So be very careful when feeding your cat human food and table scraps. For example, the gravy or stuffing that you poured over your Thanksgiving turkey may have onions in it, among other things. For humans, that gravy or stuffing might taste great and it’s harmless. But, did you know that onions are very toxic to cats.
And without further ado, we recommend that your cat(s) never eat any of these 9 common people foods:
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Food #1: Chocolate
Did you know that even a small amount of chocolate can be deadly to a cat? The reason is that chocolate contains an alkaloid called Theobromine which is highly toxic to cats and can cause heart attacks.
Cats with chocolate toxicity can experience vomiting, diarrhea, rapid or irregular heart rate, muscle tremors and even seizures.
Here’s the good news – you can keep the chocolates for yourself!