Having pets is a truly wonderful and rewarding experience. They are loyal companions to you in your everyday living, and chances are you’ve given them “people” food at some point or another, people food meaning food from your own plate. A majority of individuals are unaware of what food can or may be poisonous to animals, and for this post I thought I would focus on felines and what foods are dangerous to them. I credit this information to WebMD.
- Tuna, as ironic as it may seem, is not intended for cat consumption as it proposes the chance of poisoning your cat with mercury.
- Garlic, onions and chives can break down a cat’s red blood count and hinder their immune system function.
- Milk and other dairy products are a no-no because most cats are intolerant to lactose.
- Alcohol (and caffeine), which should be a no-brainer.
- Grapes and raisins as they can trigger kidney failure in cats.
- Chocolate and candy can be fatal if consumed by a cat.
- Raw eggs/meat can contribute to salmonella poisoning.
- Bones as they propose the potential of a choking hazard.
If you’re ever in a predicament in which you’re unsure as to whether or not you can give your furry friend a specific food, it’s best to simply refrain from doing so. Stay on the safe side and stick to designated cat food and treats to ensure you’re not jeapordizing your cat’s overall health.
Prior to giving any animal or pet a certain type of food, do your research to determine if said food is safe for the animal to consume. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry, especially when it comes to pets, and they will appreciate your efforts. Keep the food on your plate for yourself and spare your critters the potential suffering.