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We all love to indulge our fur babies. But that doesn’t mean we should feed them just about anything. Every animal has a list of foods and beverages that are poisonous for it, and pet owners should steer clear of including them in the menu.
Here are six foods that you absolutely Should Not feed your cat:
- Green tomatoes
Unripe tomatoes contain a chemical called Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which is extremely toxic to cats. When consumed, it can cause severe gastrointestinal disorders, which may become fatal in extreme conditions. It’s best to avoid green tomatoes from your cat’s meals. Even potatoes have the same chemical, and it is advisable to skip them too.
Ripe, red tomatoes, properly cooked, are safe for your feline to munch on.
Chocolate, caffeine, and cocoa are fatal to dogs. That we know. But did you know that they’re just as deadly to cats?
Cocoa and all its by-products contain chemicals called methylxanthines, which lead to the onset of uncontrollable seizures, abdominal distress, tremors in the muscles, and the development of muscle tumors in cats.
So, keep the chocolates and caffeinated items away from your beloved pet and keep her safe.
- Baked goods
Many over-enthusiastic pet owners reward their cats with baked treats. This is the worst thing you could do.
Many baked goods contain a popular sugar-substitute called Xylitol, which tastes like sugar but doesn’t have its weight-gain consequence. While Xylitol is okay for humans, its toxic for cats, when ingested, it can lead to acute liver failure, loss of limb-eye coordination, and extreme lethargy in your pet.
- Garlic and onions
Raw shallots, garlic, onions, and any items cooked using these vegetables should not be fed to cats since they affect RBC production in the animal. Low levels of RBC can make your pet anemic and lead to extreme muscular weakness. If any food you’re giving your cat causes him to produce orange-to-red urine, they may contain garlic or onions.
Stop the food and take your cat to the vet pronto.
Grapes and its dried cousins, raisins and sultanas, can cause kidney failure in felines, even when the slightest quantity is consumed.
The research behind this finding is still unclear, but scientists have found cats becoming very hyperactive and continuously vomiting after eating grapes, raisins, and sultanas. Abdominal pain and pain during urination are also symptoms of eating these foods.
This might be the biggest shocker on this list. But, the truth is, adult cats are insanely lactose intolerant. Their bodies lose the lactase enzyme as they grow, which makes it very difficult for them to digest the milk they drink. Diarrhea and stomach pain are symptoms of lactose poisoning. So, don’t give your adult cats any liquid or any dairy product. Ideally, eight weeks is the latest by which you should wean your kitten off milk.