I have Two Cats, but one of them is extremely food crazy. From breaking into fridge, pots, pantry , he won’t hesitate from stealing the food right of the plate or even the fork if I let him too close and lay down my guard even for a second. I guess that survival instinct in some, or perhaps just that gourmet spirit is too strong too relax around the food tray.
Same problem as my food junkie shares, according to express.co.uk, Curious and industrious Clive the ginger cat who was discovered this past Christmas nibbling on the salmon dinner after dragging it to the kitchen floor after managing to “free” the salmon from the oven. Problem was that the salmon was cooked in onion and garlic which is toxic for Cats.
His owner was quick to react and took him to the vet in time where he underwent emergency treatment, so Clive pulled through without any consequences.
While most of Cat owners know the perils of feeding their Cat chocolate or festive food, the danger of garlic and onion remains less known – I too was struck when I first found out about this fact,especially because my cooking is mostly based on onion and garlic 🙂
Onions and garlic are particularly dangerous to both cats and dogs as they contain a chemical called thiosulphate which can cause red blood cells to rupture.
Animals with onion poisoning suffer breathlessness, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting, although it may take up to four days for symptoms to appear.
So, beware what you feed your Kitties- it’s all fun and vomiting fur-balls until it’s not.
Here is the list of some other food which can be dangerous for your furred ones(source: pethelpful.com):
- Alcohol- Never feed your cat any drink that contains alcohol, whether that’s beer, wine, liquor, or even foods (such as the chocolates with a drop of champagne in them). Alcohol will affect your cat’s brain and liver the same way it’ll affect yours, but it’ll take much less to do its damage. You’ll find that just two teaspoons of whisky can put a five- pound cat in a coma, and if you give the same cat three total teaspoons, it could kill him.
- Candy and Gum- Anything that is sweetened with xylitol should not be given to your cat. This can include anything from candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and even some diet foods. The xylitol can cause the body to increase the insuline that’s circulating in the body, which can cause the cat’s blood sugar to drop, which can lead to liver failure. Watch for vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination; you may also notice seizures, as well. It only takes a matter of days for liver failure to set in.
- Chocolate- Most cats won’t eat chocolate on their own anyway, so it’s usually not a problem, but that doesn’t mean that you should tempt your cat or offer it at all. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic. Dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate contains the most theobromine, so definitely keep it as far away from your cat as you can. Chocolate can cause an abnormal heart palpitation, tremors, seizures, and even death.
- Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine- In large enough amounts, caffeine can be fatal. You want to watch out for restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and bleeding, as these are the basic signs of caffeine poisoning. You’ll find that even coffee and tea beans and grinds can cause health problems for your cat. It’s best to avoid giving your cat anything with caffeine, which can include cocoa, chocolate, soda, energy drinks, and even some medicines.
- Dog Food- A few bits and kibbles of dog food isn’t going to hurt your cat, but you just can’t use dog food as a substitute food to cat food. Dog food is formulated for dogs, and doesn’t meet the standard nutritional needs for cats. If you feed your cat a steady diet of dog food, he’s going to be very malnourished.
- Fat Trimmings and Bones- Table scraps can contain fat and meat that has been trimmed off the bones, both of which are dangerous for cats to eat. The fat, whether cooked or uncooked can cause pancreatitis. The cat can choke on cooked bones; the bone can also splinter, causing lacerations or an obstruction in the digestive tract
- Grapes and Raisins- So many people (myself included) have given their pet a grape or raisin on occasion, but it’s not a good idea (and as soon as I found out, I stopped but that’s just me). Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. Even just a few can even kill your cat. You want to watch for vomiting and hyperactivity as early signs of kidney complications. You may find that your cat has never shown any signs of problems, but it’s just best to avoid giving your cat any to prevent any issues.
- Human Medicine- You don’t want to give you cat any medications that you were prescribed or any medications that you picked up over-the-counter. Just because you have a cold and do does your cat, that doesn’t mean that you both need the same medications, much less the same dosage. If your cat sneaks a pill from the counter, you want to call your vet or an emergency vet as soon as possible. Never self medicate your cat, unless you’ve already called the vet to ask if it was ok. On a side note, you’ll find medications that contain acetominophen or ibuprofen can be deadly to your cat, so don’t ever give anything to your cat that contains either ingredient.
- Liver- Liver can be healthy for your cat only if you offer it in small portions. Too much liver can cause a Vitamin A deficiency, which can affect your cat’s bones. Watch for bone deformities, bone growth on the elbows and spine, and signs of osteoporosis. A vitamin A deficiency can cause death if it’s not recognized early.
- Milk and Other Dairy Products- But, a small saucer of milk or a slice of cheese can really affect a kittens undeveloped digestive system. You’ll find that even most adult cats just can’t digest dairy. The dairy will upset their digestive system, because it’s just not designed to process dairy foods. You’ll find that some cats will experience diarrhea or even allergic reactions after eating dairy. We’ve all seen it all throughout out lives- cats love milk
- Onions, Garlic, Chives- No matter how it’s cooked, prepared, or processed, onions break down the red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. This is true for raw onions and even onion powder. Garlic and chives can cause gastrointestional issues with your cat, so it’s best to avoid all three. There’s no need to season your cat’s food anyway.
- Raw Eggs- Giving your cat raw eggs is potentially offering Salmonella or E. coli in his bowl. Plus, there’s an enzyme in raw eggs that can interfere with the body’s absorption of the B vitamin biotin, which can cause skin problems with your cat’s coat.
- Raw Meat and Fish- Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma. Although, a raw diet can be one of the more healthier diets for cats, you want to be quite cautious of offering a sole raw diet.
- Sugary Foods and Drinks- If you offer too many sugary foods and drinks, your can can potentially suffer obesity, diabetes, and dental problems. It’s best that you just don’t offer any sugary foods.
- Tuna- Even though your cat may love tuna, it’s just not the best idea to offer it all the time. If you offer tons of tuna, your cat can become malnourished. It just won’t have all of the nutrients that your cat needs for a balanced diet. Once in a while is ok, but don’t make it a daily habit by any means.
- Yeast Dough- Raw yeast dough needs to rise before it’s cooked, so if your cat eats any of the dough, it will swell in his stomach, which can cause severe pain, as the abdomen fills and stretched. Plus, as yeast ferments, it produced alcohol, which can cause alcohol poisoning.
Just remember that if it’s in your pantry, refrigerator, or on your cabinets, it’s probably not ideal to give to your cat. Make sure that your cat can’t get into the baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and other spices, because they’re highly toxic for cats. Make sure to keep cabinets and pantry doors closed. Also keep lids on your spices and containers.
If your cat eats something that you know he shouldn’t or if it’s something you’re not sure about, call your veterinarian or an emergency vet.