If you are a new cat owner, one of the first questions you will probably ask is “What foods should i NOT give my cat?”
Below is a list of some of the foods that are poisonous to cats you will find in your kitchen cupboards. Although there are more foods, this list will give you a good idea.
Alcoholic Beverages: Never get your cat drunk. These types of drinks can cause intoxication, coma, and even death.
Baby Food Containing Onion Powder: Onions are very toxic to cats. Many people feed their cat baby food thinking it is safe. If you feed your cat baby food, make sure it does not contain onion powder. Even small amounts of onion can be very toxic to a cat.
Bones From Fish, Poultry, Or Other Meat Sources: Do not let your cat eat bones. They are not “poisonous” but they can cut up the insides of your cats stomach, and intestines. This can make your cat very sick , or even cause death.
Canned Tuna (For Human Consumption): Although there are many cat foods that contain tuna, if fed regularly, it can cause malnutrition. It does not contain proper feline nutrients, including taurine that cats need to survive. Tuna can also contain mercury, which can be detrimental to your cat’s health over time if it accumulates in your cat.
Caffeine (From Chocolate, Coffee, Or Tea): Caffeine can affect the heart and nervous system of cats and can be toxic to them.
Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is very toxic to pets.
Citrus Oil Extracts: These extracts can cause your cat to begin vomiting uncontrollably.
Dog Food: Dog food is not toxic to cats, but it does not have the same nutrients cat food has. This means if you feed your cat dog food regularly, your cat will suffer from malnutrition.
Grapes and Raisins: Never give any pet grapes or raisins.
Human Vitamin Supplements Containing Iron: These can hurt your cat’s kidneys. As a rule of thumb, you should not give cats supplements unless a vet prescribes them.
Macadamia Nuts: These are very toxic to cats, and can damage their immune system.
Marijuana: Please do not try and get your cat high. Cats are much smaller then humans, and even small amounts of smoke can make them high. This can result in damage to a cats heart.
Milk And Other Dairy Products: Even though on movies and tv shows you always see cats drinking milk, its not the best idea. Many cats are lactose intolerant.
Mushrooms: Cats can eat some types of mushrooms, but many are dangerous and toxic to them.
Onions And Garlic (Raw, Cooked, Or Powder): Onion and garlic are poisonous to cats.
Persimmons: Persimmon seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Potato, Rhubarb And Tomato Leaves And Stems, Green Tomatoes Or Potatoes: These include the poisonous alkaloid Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal problems.
Salt: If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
Tobacco: Ingesting nicotine can result in the cat having a rapid heart beat, which in turn can cause it to collapse, go into coma, or in severe cases it can cause death.
Yeast Dough: Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and rupture of the stomach or intestines.