We live under the same roof, we share wonderful memories and sometimes, we even share our beds with them. However, if there is one thing that we should not share with our pet cats, that would be human food. Maybe we can share a little bit of some food but if we care about our feline friends, we should know the types of food which can be harmful to them.
Fo instance, in animations or cartoons, we often see cats drinking milk or eating fish still attached to the bones. However, these foods are not recommended for cats to ingest because cats have different metabolism. If they ingest too much mik, they may develop diarrhea and may vomit frequently. There are some cats which even develop lactose intolerance as they grow older so they cannot take in milk even in small amounts. Fish bones are abviously harmful because the bones can cause laceration to their internals, specifically to their digestive system.
Other human food which should only be given to cats in small amounts are the folowing:
Tuna. This is a classic example of misconception among cats. Since tuna is a type of fish, many people would think that it is okay to feed cats with tuna all the time. Cats love the taste of tuna and would not mind eating it every day but will not be good for them because this type of fish prevents the absorption of certain nutrients and can cause malnutrition. There are also cases when cats which were regularly fed with tuna developed a condition called Steatitis or Yellow Fat Disease which is a painful disease due to the infammation of the body’s fats.
Raw Meat and Raw Eggs. Raw foods may contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E.Coli which may cause diarrhea and vomiting so care must be observed when giving this type of food to cats. Raw eggs may also contain avidin which is an enzyme that decreases the absorption of Vitamin B, specificaly biotin. Because of this, cats may experience some skin and hair coat problems.
Sweets and Salty Food. Humans love sweets but this type of food is not for animals because it can cause dental problems, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. Too much salt, on the other hand, may lead to imbalances in electrolytes.
Additionally, it is important to take note of foods that should never be given to cats under any circumstances. Ingestion of the following types of food may lead to serious threat to cats’ health and sometimes, may even cause death so make sure that these foods are avoided at all times.
Alcoholic beverages. It will only take a few spoonfuls or few slurps to kill a cat so keep all alcohols in places where cats cannot reach them.
Onions and Garlic. These can cause anemia because of sulfoxides and disulfides content which damage red blood cells.
Chocolate and Caffeine. These can be toxic to cats as caffeine can directly affect the heart and the nervous system. These can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Other potentially dangerous foods for cats include mushrooms, yeast dough, avocados, nuts and almonds, raw potatoes and tomatoes, persimmons, and rhubarb leaves. If you are unsure whether a human food is safe or unsafe for cats, it is always best to consult a veterinarian or an animal nutritionist. Still, at the end of the day, the safest way to go is to give your feline friends cat-appropriate foods to ensure that their health will not be put at risk.