Bad food for cats is a real serious topic for you as a cat owner, current or would-be. Although cats are known to be very picky when it comes to eating, they don’t necessarily know what is best or worst for them.
Some widely known favorite cat foods are actually bad or even harmful for them. They certainly don’t know what is really best for them. So, to help your cat to be safe from unwanted health problems, here is a list of foods you should avoid feeding him/her. Some of them will cause illness, some may be downright poisonous.
5 bad foods for cats at a glance:
|Tuna||Addiction, mercury poisoning|
|Garlic and Onions||Damaged red blood cells, anemia, stomach problems|
|Milk and dairy||Diarrhea, digestive upset, loss of furs|
|Grapes and Raisins||Kidney damage, digestive upset, vomiting, death|
|Caffeine and Chocolate||Vomiting, restlessness, elevated heart rate, high body temperature|
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Yes, cats love fish. Their craving for fish is widely known. However, not all fishes are good for your cat’s health. One particular fish bad for your cat’s health is the tuna fish. Especially the tuna fish items that are prepared for humans could be harmful for your fuzzy little pet.
Whether it is packed for humans or cats, your cat can become addicted to this fish. While feeding your cat with tuna once in a while may not cause any harm, regularly feeding it with ‘prepared for human’ tuna diets may lead to a deficiency disease. The tuna diets prepared for humans don’t have the proper nutrients a cat needs.
Too much tuna meals might lead to mercury poisoning, therefore, keep the amount small even if you feed your cat with tuna prepared for cats. Remember, how much smart it seems to you, after all, it’s an animal, and it won’t know how much is too much.
2. Garlic and Onions
You may occasionally share food with your cat from your plate, but don’t share anything with garlic or onions in it, be it raw, cooked, powdered, or dehydrated. Foods with garlic or onion can do serious damage to your cat’s health.
These good-for-humans ingredients break down red blood cells of cats, which leads to anemia. Not having enough blood cells will make your cat weak or even put its life in jeopardy.
Regularly feeding your cat with onion can lead to onion poisoning, eating a large measure at once can cause the same problem. Apart from garlic and onion, chives may upset a cat’s stomach. So, avoid feeding your cat with these ingredients at all costs.
3. Milk and dairy products
Everyone knows how much cats love milk – however, it’s actually a bad food for cats. It can do some significant harm to a cat’s health. Kittens drink their mother’s milk right after taking birth, but the mother starts weaning her children when they are about a month old.
They start living on solid food by two months of age. While some kittens keep drinking their mother’s milk for eight to ten weeks, they lose the ability to process it when they are completely weaned.
According to Jan Dempsey, a senior nutritionist at Purina, adult cats lose their ability to process the sugar mixed in the milk after they are ablactated as solid foods take the place and the ability to digest milk becomes unnecessary. While some adult cats may remain with the ability to process milk, most cats can’t do it. Therefore, not feeding your cat with milk is the safest choice. Drinking milk could lead your cat to suffer from diarrhea or digestive upset.
You may ask if its that bad, why most of the adult cats crave milk? – Well, it triggers happy memories. The flavor and scent remind them of their kittenhood when they were adorned by their mother. It comforts their mind, so they run for it without thinking twice.
You should also avoid cheese, butter, and butteroil along with milk. Cheese and butter can lead to GI problems, and butteroil may cause your cat to lose furs. It won’t be a cute thing to watch – right?
4. Grapes and Raisins
Many cat owners tend to feed their beloved fuzzy pets with human food – even fruits. If you have this bad habit, you should know that fruits, especially grapes and raisins are particularly harmful for a cat’s health. Grapes and raisins can be downright deadly for your cat. They can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, decreased urination, lethargy, and, possible death if it consumes excessive quantity.
Eating grapes can cause sudden kidney failure. These fruits may be great for our health, but it can be downright lethal for your cat. So, keep your cat away from such fruits.
5. Caffeine and Chocolate
Caffeine may be refreshing and good for humans, it’s a poison for cats, and there’s no antidote for it.
According to Pet Poison Helpline, drinking caffeine-included products such as tea, coffee, energy drinks, soda, etc. can lead your cat to serious toxicity. Chocolates contain theobromine along with caffeine, which causes vomiting, hyperactivity (restlessness), elevated heart rate, increased body temperature.
If the amount of consumption is too high, your pet can die. Therefore, don’t give your cat chocolate or any food that contains caffeine.
Our pets are like our family. We always treat them with love and care. And, sometimes, too much love and indulgence can lead to serious damage. Don’t let your cat eat whatever it wants. Always keep an eye on the measurement and items of your cat’s food. Avoid the bad foods for your cat, and don’t overfeed the good ones. We all want our cats happy and healthy.