If you are thinking aboug giving a cat some almonds, do not do it. Although almonds are a healthy snack for humans, they can be dangerous for cats.
Cats should never eat almonds, because almods are toxic to them. Even though it is rare for a cat to immediately become sick after eating an almond, it can still do damage to your cat.
The ASPCA states that almonds are toxic to cats. This means that small amounts of almonds may not initially harm your cat, however the almonds can cause your cat problems down the road.
Cyanogenic glycosides are natural toxens that are found in almonds. Although they do not effect humans, they can hurt your cat. Consuming a large amount of these toxins can cause your cat to suffer from cyanide poisoning. These toxins can build up in your cats system. Some of the symptoms of cyanide poisoning include dilated pupils, upset stomach, and hyperventilation. These symptoms can also lead to shock, which can cause death.
If your cat has just eaten a very small amount of almonds, you should just try your best to make sure it does not happen again. If your cat has eaten a large quantity, you should take it to the vet asap.
Along with cyanide poisoning, almonds can upset a cats digestive system. This can lead to the cat vomiting, or having loose bowel moments. These symptoms are caused by the cats in ability to break down some of the fats that are found in almonds.
Salts and Other Toppings that are commonly found on almonds can also be dangerous for cats to consume. For example chocolate is very toxic to cats, excess salts can lead to sodium ion toxicosis, and spices can cause your cat to have loose bowel movement.
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