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    Foods not to feed your cat

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 09 August 2013
    Believe it or not even though you may think of your cat as a picky eater there is still a lot of things out there that they should not eat but they do! So you of course must be careful about this. We have compiled a list of dangerous foods that you should not feed your cat. Some, such as tuna, are ok in moderation but others like sweets and alcohol are a big no-no.
    Tuna - The first and possibly most surprising on the list is tuna. Yes, I did write that. Tuna in small amounts is perfectly fine and won’t do any harm. It is when you start giving tuna destined for humans to a cat regularly that this becomes a problem. It can lead to malnutrition and does not have all the nutrients a cat requires. Also it can even cause mercury poisoning at extreme levels.
    Onions, Garlic and chives – No matter what form they are in, they should not be given to cats as they can break down a cat's red blood cells which leans to anemia which is very dangerous. They also cause gastrointestinal upset.
    Milk and other dairy products – Believe it or not products like milk and cheese are also quite bad. Milk, it can be said, is ok for kittens but for adult cats it is not. Their digestive systems cannot process the diary foods and this can result in digestive problems and diarrhoea.
    Alcohol – You guessed it. Just as alcohol can be bad for humans, for cats it can be even more dangerous and in many cases just a little bit can be fatal. Just three teaspoons of spirits can kill a cat so you must be careful.
    Grapes and raisins – For many years these have been used as treats however they can easily cause kidney failure in cats and even a small amount can make them feel ill. You may notice vomiting and hyperactivity which are early signs. Do not give them as treats and make sure they are placed out of reach.
    Caffeine – This is a big no – no. Large enough quantities can be totally fatal for a cat. Cats will experience restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors and fits.
    Chocolate – Even though you may feel like it is a treat for a cat it can end up being very dangerous and even fatal. Cats usually stay away by themselves but can be tricked by owners when they think it is a treat. The agent in chocolate which is bad is called theobromine. This is a big no-no for cats.
    Sweets and chewing gum – Again, cats will often stay away from them and they should never be given. These products include an ingredient called xylitol which can increase the insulin going through the cat’s body which can cause your cat’s sugar level to drop.
    Raw Eggs – Raw eggs are not good for your cat at all. First there is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli which is dangerous. There is also a protein in rar egg whites called avidin which interferes with the absorption of the B viramin biotin. This leads to problems with your cat’s skin and coat.
    Raw Fish  and meat – Believe it or not we have added raw fish and meat on the list because it contains bacteria which can cause food poisoning. There is also an enzyme in raw fish that destroys thiamine which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. This can lead to neurological problems and cause convulsions and coma.
    Dog Food – Dog food is never a substitute for cat food and although many have the same ingredients cat food has been specially formulated for cat’s needs which includes certain vitamins and acids. There will suffer from malnutrition if they continue to eat dog food.
    Liver – Although small amounts of liver are said to be ok, too much can cause vitamin A toxicity which can affect your cat’s bones which in strong cases can result in death.
    Your own medicine – This should obviously go without saying but keep all of your own medicine out of reach from your cat. Also remember that what works for you will not work the same way for a cat so before you think about giving it a paracetomal tablet to help with some pain then think again as this will cause many problems. The advice we give you is to go and see a vet so they can prescribe cat only medicine.
    Source: WebMD
    Photo: Shirley
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