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Blog Post: These foods are toxic for cats | Pet Medicus

Monday, April 17, 2023

As a cat owner, it's important to know which foods can be harmful or even toxic to your feline companion. Some foods that are safe for humans can be dangerous or even fatal for cats. Here are some common foods that are toxic for cats:

  1. Onions and garlic: Onions and garlic can cause anemia in cats, which is a condition where the body doesn't have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues. Symptoms of anemia can include lethargy, weakness, and pale gums. All forms of onions and garlic, including powdered, raw, cooked, and dehydrated, should be avoided.

  2. Chocolate: Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, which is toxic to cats. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even death. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are more toxic than milk chocolate, as they contain higher levels of theobromine.

  3. Grapes and raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. Symptoms of kidney failure can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and decreased appetite. It's not clear what substance in grapes and raisins is toxic to cats, so it's best to avoid them altogether.

  4. Alcohol: Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, and even coma in cats. Even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous, so it's important to keep alcoholic beverages out of reach of your cat.

  5. Caffeine: Caffeine can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and even death in cats. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and some medications, so it's important to read the labels carefully.

  6. Raw meat and fish: Raw meat and fish can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems in cats. Raw meat and fish can also contain parasites, which can cause serious health problems.

  7. Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and cause internal injuries or blockages in cats. It's best to avoid giving your cat bones altogether, as they can also cause choking hazards.

  8. Milk and dairy products: Many cats are lactose intolerant, which means they can't digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products. Feeding your cat milk and dairy products can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal problems.

In conclusion, it's important to be aware of which foods can be harmful or toxic to your cat. Onions and garlic, chocolate, grapes and raisins, alcohol, caffeine, raw meat and fish, bones, and milk and dairy products are all foods that should be avoided. If your cat accidentally ingests any of these foods or exhibits any symptoms of poisoning, contact your veterinarian immediately.