8 Foods You Should Never Give your Cat
Cats are natural carnivores. You would think that giving them raw meat such as raw fish and raw beef will satisfy their wild nature. However studies show that, like other pets, there are simply some foods that they should not be fed with. While some of these foods may cause only minor discomforts such as gastric upsets, some are serious enough to warrant meticulous veterinary care in a clinic facility, lest death is allowed to occur.
Here are just some of the food items that every responsible cat owner should know about. Knowledge of these foods to avoid giving their cats should form the basis for healthier cat feeding practices.
Forget what cartoon TV shows tell you, tuna can be especially dangerous to your cat, especially when given as primary food. It is not necessarily fatal, though. However, tuna has been shown to be particularly addicting to cats. When consumed in large quantities, this can lead to mercury poisoning in cats. Additionally, giving your cat tuna in oil can result in steatitis. This health condition is more commonly known as the yellow fat disease.
Garlic, Chives, and Onions
These herbs are known to be especially dangerous to cats because of the damage they cause to the red blood cells. This is especially true for onions. Consumption of onions in cats can lead to Heinz body anemia. Garlic and chives are often associated with gastric upset although garlic can also damage the red blood cells. Nonetheless, it is always best to stay on the safer side of things.
The methylxanthine theobromine that is contained in chocolates is especially lethal to cats. Chocolates have been shown to induce heart attack often preceded by excessive vomiting and diarrhea that can lead to electrolyte abnormalities. This leads to cardiac arrhythmias that can progress to death.
The main effects of alcoholic beverages on the cat are almost synonymous to its effects on humans. However, they only need a fraction of the amount to elicit a potentially fatal reaction. A couple of teaspoons of your favorite whiskey can literally send a 5-pound feline into coma. Greater amounts can literally bring the cat to her grave.
Grapes and Raisins
While these food items can be viewed as great treats for training pets, they are not recommended especially for cats. While scientists are still determining the exact cause of the liver and kidney failures that are seen in cats that consume sufficiently large quantities of either raisins or grapes, it is always better to be safe.
Coffee and cola drinks that contain caffeine should never be given to cats. Caffeine, like theobromine, can induce cardiac arrest in cats. This is often preceded by restlessness, fast breathing, muscle tremors, and heart palpitations as well as seizures.
Never ever give your cat raw eggs. The whites in raw egg contain avidin. This enzyme decreases the ability of the cat’s intestines to absorb biotin. Additionally, raw eggs can contain Salmonella leading to food poisoning or Salmonellosis.
There is an enzyme in raw fish that acts to destroy the cat’s stored thiamine. This enzyme, called thiaminase, can significantly lead to severe thiamine deficiency which then results to seizures and ultimately, death.
Cats are natural predators. While you may not give them any of these foods, leaving them very accessible on top of your counter or table is an open invitation to your cat. While avoiding to give these foods to your cat is necessary, it is equally important to safeguard them from your cat’s reach.In fact the foods that you feed your cat can actually trigger bad or good behavior. Spicy and junk food have been attributed to bad cat behavior such as spraying and destruction of personal property. According to the experts at www.odorklenz.com cat urine can be very corrisve and quickly destroy areas in your home. Stay tune for our Febuary 2016 blog where we will discuss how to get rid of cat urine smell naturally and alos how to effectivel trick your cat into wanting to use thier litter box