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Foods that you should never feed your cat

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As a cat parent, it's important to provide your feline friend with a balanced and nutritious diet. While it may be tempting to share your food with your furry companion, there are certain human foods that are toxic and dangerous for cats. In this article, we'll discuss the things you should never feed your cat.

  • Dairy products

    Contrary to popular belief, cats are lactose intolerant, and their bodies cannot properly digest milk and other dairy products as they don't have the enzyme (lactase) in their intestines to digest the sugar in milk (lactose). Feeding your cat cheese, yoghurt, or milk can cause digestive problems such as diarrhea and vomiting.

  • Onions and garlic

    Onions and garlic contain compounds that can damage a cat's red blood cells, leading to anemia. Generally they are harmful only when fed in large quantities but concentrated forms like garlic paste or onion powder can also cause serious issues. These ingredients can be found in many human foods such as soups, sauces, and gravies, so be sure to check the ingredients before giving any human food to your cat. Cats that show symptoms like lethargy, dark urine, weakness, pale gums, should be taken to vet immediately.

  • Chocolate

    Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is toxic to cats. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures in cats. Dark chocolate is particularly dangerous, as it contains higher levels of theobromine than milk chocolate.

  • Grapes and raisins

    Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. Even small amounts can be toxic, so it's important to keep these foods out of reach of your feline friend.

  • Bones

    While cats love to chew on bones, they can be dangerous and cause choking, dental damage, or gastrointestinal problems. It's best to stick to commercial cat food and treats or balanced home-cooked meals, which are formulated to provide your cat with the nutrients they need.

  • Alcohol

    Alcohol can be fatal to cats, even in small amounts. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, seizures, and coma. Be sure to keep all alcoholic beverages out of reach of your cat.

  • Caffeine

    Caffeine can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors in cats. It's found in many human foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks.

  • Raw meat and fish

    Raw meat and fish can contain harmful bacteria and parasites (e.coli and salmonella) that can cause food poisoning in cats. Cooking meat and fish can kill these harmful bacteria and parasites, making it safe for your cat to eat.

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