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You might want to chomp on a bar of chocolate from time to time, but don’t attempt to feed your cat any. Same for that mug of beer or rich Indian curry loaded with onions and garlic. Some food should never be given to cats as they can be toxic to their health. As your cat’s caregiver, you should be careful of never feeding your cat any of the following items –
- Chocolate – Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that could induce heart attacks if consumed by animals like cats and dogs. If ingested, chocolate could cause vomiting/diarrhea in your cat. While cats will not usually eat chocolate, they may do so if they are hungry or have developed a taste for sweets. The darker the chocolate and the more the chocolate content, the more toxic the chocolate variety is for your cat.
- Garlic – Garlic damages Red Blood Cells in a cat’s body, predisposing it to anemia.
- Onions – Onions can be toxic for cats as they kill RBCs in a cat’s body, which could lead to Heinz body anemia in your cat. Raw/cooked, any form of onion is harmful to your cat. Try to avoid any kind of access to onions for your cat.
- Raw fish – You may have grown up with depictions of cats with a fish dangling from their mouth, but don’t be surprised to learn that raw fish is actually toxic for cats. Raw fish contains an enzyme called thiaminase, which destroys the body’s thiamine i.e., a B vitamin. Thiamine deficiency can lead to seizures. It could also be fatal and lead to death.
- Raw eggs – Raw eggs can cause Salmonella in your cat. They also contain the enzyme avidin, which can slow down your cat’s ability to process biotin.
- Dog food – Feeding your cat dog food is never a bright idea. Dog food has been formulated to meet your dog’s nutritional requirements and will not do the same for your cat. Your cat’s nutritional needs are different from a dog’s. For eg: Cats need taurine as part of their diet as their body is unable to produce it. Dogs, however, manufacture taurine on their own and do not necessarily need it as part of their diet.
- Milk – While kittens need milk, grown cats lose the ability to digest lactose after they’ve been weaned. Milk can cause diarrhea in your grown cat. Also, you will dehydrate your cat if you serve it milk as a replacement for water.
Any cat parent should avoid feeding their cat food from the above list for the health and wellbeing of their pet friend. It is their duty to provide their cat with a diet that caters to their nutritional needs and doesn’t jeopardize their health.