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It’s an easy habit to fall into: grabbing your cat for a bite to eat while cooking, or leaving her the leftovers from the plate instead of dinner. But while your cat (or dog) will love and beg for human food, many foods range from less than nutritious to downright toxic to pets. You shouldn’t even give your cat the piece of sushi that fell on the floor, because raw fish can be bad news for them (more proof of that Cartoons are full of lies).
The best approach to cat meals is to stick to food that is specifically designed for your cat. according to veterinary experts at the University of Missouri Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Service. This ensures they are getting the nutrients they need and avoids potentially harmful ingredients.
Foods Your Cat Should Not Eat
While some of these foods are okay in very small amounts, you don’t know how much is too much for your cat. Some are poisonous with just a bite or two and can cause anything from Gastrointestinal disorder up to damage to the nervous system. It is safest to avoid them altogether.
- Bread dough
- Coffee and products containing caffeine
- Citrus fruits
- Coconut (oil, water and fruit)
- Grapes and raisins
- milk and milkproducts
- Onions, chives, garlic, spring onions, shallots
- Raw meat, fish and eggs
- Raw bones
- Salty dishes
Note that like many other foods, this is not an exhaustive list can also be toxic to your cat.
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Foods that are (generally) safe for cats
While there are some foods that do Maybe it’s okay to give to your catRemember that not all pets tolerate them in the same way. Ask your veterinarian if you are not sure.
- Apples (meat only)
- Bananas (meat only)
- Blueberries (stemless)
- Strawberries (without stalk)
- Watermelon (without seeds or skin)
- Peanut butter (xylitol free)
- Boiled eggs
- Baked bread (simply without side dishes)
Again, even “safe” foods can cause GI problems in some cats. So watch out for vomiting, diarrhea, and other abnormal behaviors when feeding anything other than cat food. Cats who have other health problems can be especially prone to these side effects. It is best to stick to the cat food your pet knows and ask your veterinarian if you have any questions.