Several pet owners assume that cats should avoid the same foods that dogs do.  However, due to their different metabolism, there are certain foods that are bad for cats that a dog might be able to handle.   Some of the foods in this list might seem obvious, but accidents happen and it’s important to take precautions so your cat doesn’t ingest them by mistake.

1)    Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources 

These can cause choking and also obstruction or laceration of the digestive tract.  Most owners don’t purposely feed their cats bones; however, they can be consumed accidentally.  Make sure that if you have food around that contains bones, it is out of your cat’s reach.

2)    Canned tuna (for human consumption) 
Large amounts of canned tuna can cause malnutrition because it lacks proper amounts of vitamins and minerals.   

3)    Dog food
If your cat repeatedly finds his way to the dog food bowl, it could result in malnutrition and diseases affecting the heart.  It can also cause digestive problems.  You can prevent your cat from eating dog food by putting the dog food somewhere that is not accessible to the cat.

4)    Fish (raw, canned, or cooked)
Fish is a food people often associate with cats but it is actually on the list of foods that are bad for cats.  If your cat is fed fish in high amounts it can result in a thiamine deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. 

5)    Grapes, raisins, and currants 
These substances contain an unknown toxin which has been known to damage the kidneys.  It probably isn’t a big deal if your cat ingests one or two, but make sure she doesn’t consume them excessively.

6)    Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) 
They contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.  Cats are actually quite susceptible to this problem so avoid feeding onions at all costs.   

7)    Raw eggs
Eggs contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin.  This can lead to skin and coat problems.  They may also contain bacteria called Salmonella which causes vomiting and diarrhea. 

You may find this list of foods that are bad for cats surprising, but no matter how much your cat enjoys eating your dog’s food or canned tuna, it’s important for you to try as hard as possible to keep your cat from consuming even a small amount of these foods.  That way, he won’t get into the habit of eating them.  If you think your cat has ingested a large amount of an unsafe food, contact your veterinarian immediately.  You should also have on had something like Nutri-Lyze which is a decontaminating agent and can be given to a pet that has ingested something poisonous; it works to quickly absorb the toxins and help allow you time to get your pet to the veterinarian.

 




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