Cats are connoisseurs of getting what they want. Especially when it comes to getting a taste of what you’re eating. It’s so tempting to give into their charms. What could it hurt, right? Wrong! What seems like a harmless treat could actually do more harm than good.
Besides being a bad habit and leading to excess weight gain, greasy, spicy and fatty foods can upset your cat’s stomach, resulting in indigestion and diarrhea. And if that’s not enough to curb the free handouts, foods with a high fat content also have been associated with pancreatitis—the inflammation of a cat’s pancreas—which is a potentially life-threatening situation.
People Food Watch-Outs for Cats
- MILK/DAIRY: Keep a watchful eye on older cats. Delicate digestive tracts and a decreased ability to digest lactose in milk products means they are particularly susceptible to severe indigestion and diarrhea.
- RAW MEAT: Avoid feeding raw meat to your cat. There are some diseases that animals and humans share that could be passed on, causing illness.
- CHOCOLATE: This human treat contains theobromine and caffeine, both stimulants that can cause toxicity in cats. Even small amounts nibbled frequently can lead to poisoning.
Other Harmful People Foods
- Grapes and raisins
- Onions and garlic
- Alcoholic drinks
- Macadamia nuts
- Citrus fruits
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