They sit, and they purr, and they look absolutely innocent and majestic… just waiting for you to drop a scrap of food on the floor to pounce! You may be tempted to give into her adorable antics, but please, before you feed Fluffy any table food, there are a few important things you should know. The first is to avoid feeding her these six dangerous foods at all costs:
- Tuna: We bet you’re surprised. After all, tuna has been a staple cartoon cat food for years and years. While tuna itself isn’t bad for cats, it also isn’t particularly good. Tuna prepared for humans lacks the nutrients a cat needs to survive. So please, set aside some tuna as a treat, but not a steady diet option.
- Onions & Garlic: “But they make everything taste better,” you say? While that might be true at the dinner table, it’s not true at the cat bowl. Onions and garlic, in any form, can break down a cat’s red blood cells, making them more susceptible to anemia.
- Dairy Products: Surprise! Contrary to popular belief, most cats are actually lactose-intolerant. So, that bowl of warm milk you put out every night may actually be hurting Fluffy’s tummy, rather than filling it.
- Grapes & Raisins: They may seem like the perfect, pocket-sized treat, but studies have shown that grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure in cats. While not all cats experience symptoms, we suggests steering clear altogether to error on the safe side.
- Chocolate: You knew it was bad for dogs, but you may not have known that kitties can also get sick from chocolate, too. The theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are what makes it toxic, which means other caffeinated foods and beverages are also off-limits as well.
- Dog Food: It may sound silly, but some folks do try to kill two birds with one stone — or in this example, feed two pets from one bucket. While dog food isn’t necessarily bad for cats, it lacks the nutrients required to really fulfill their needs. Dog food is formulated specifically for dogs, while cat food is best-suited for cats. It’s that simple!
Not sure if your cat’s diet is as healthy as can be? Or perhaps you feel that your pet could use a special diet due to dietary needs or existing health conditions. Whatever the case may be, the veterinarians at Upper East Side Animal Hospital are here to help!
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