Cats, like dogs, beg for food when we are eating. While we may be tempted to feed them our food just to get them to leave us alone and make them happy, it is not a good idea. For one reason, cats need certain nutrients that they get from cat food. Another reason is that some human food is toxic to cats and I will talk about that in this article.
Onions and Garlic
Onions can be harmful to cats because they contain a substance called N-propyl disulphide. This substance will destroy red blood cells and will cause a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains the same substance but in a smaller amount.
Green Tomatoes and Green, Raw Potatoes
Green tomatoes and green, raw potatoes can cause violent lower gastrointestinal problems because they are a member of the Solanaceae family of plants. The solanacaea family of plants include the Deadly Nightshade and contain a deadly substance called Glycoalkaloid Solanine. The leaves and stems of the green tomatoes and raw, green potatoes are particularly toxic to cats.
Chocolate, Grapes and Raisins
Like dogs, cats should not have chocolate either. For the same reason also because chocolate contains a substance called Theobromine that is toxic to both dogs and cats. Grapes and raisins are also toxic to cats like it is to dogs.
Who would have thought milk is bad for cats when we give it to them because they love it so much? It is not toxic to them but can be harmful because many cats are lactose intolerant. Because of cats being lactose intolerant, milk and milk products can cause problems with their stomach such as stomach upset, gas, and cramps. If you do decide to give you cat milk because they love it, only give them a small amount two or three times a week and cream may be better. An even better product besides cream or milk is a product called CatSip which can be found in Supermarkets and Pet stores. CatSip is a product made from skim milk with an added enzyme which helps them digest the lactose.
Other human foods to avoid giving your cat include alcoholic beverages, fish bones, chicken bones and other meat bones, baby food, canned tuna because large amounts of it can cause malnutrition, citrus oil extracts, dog food, fat trimmings, fish, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, raw eggs, raw meat, rhubarb leaves, salt, sugary foods, table scraps and yeast dough.
If you have given your cat these foods without knowing and they show signs of being poisoned, call a vet or contact the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. Keep in mind if you call the animal poison control center a $60 fee may be applied to your credit card.
Human Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Cats