Hello again and welcome to another OddLearning post!
As a cat lover I must share some information on the Poisonous Foods for Cats!
If you are already the chosen slave of a cat you probably know which foods I will mention, but if you are new to this I hope this post is useful and you make sure to never let your kitty eat any of these foods, so let’s get to it!
To start NEVER feed your cat Chocolate ;
Chocolate is poisonous to them, causing them serious gastrointestinal damage.
The right name for it is Theobromine poisoning, it’s a reaction caused by an overdosage of the Xanthine Alkaloid Theobromine, found in chocolate (of course), acai berries, tea, cola beverages and more.
The only lethal cases registered have been in animals, like cats, dogs, small mammals like mice and rats.
Cats being the most vulnerable.
Cats metabolize Theobromine very slowly, making it easy to consume enough to become poisoned, but since they cannot savour the sweetness it’s rare for them to eat it, as opposed to dogs that tend to eat and swallow before even knowing what it is, they are impulsive but we still love them right?.
The first symptoms that your kitty might have consumed enough chocolate to be lethal are;
- Increased Urination
Make sure to take them to the veterinarian before the second symptoms come, such as;
- Epileptic Seizures
- Shortness of Breath
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
So make sure to keep your furry friend away from this treat.
Coffee and Tea;
As I mentioned above, tea is included in one of the foods that contains Xanthine Alkaloid Theobromine, but like coffee they both contain caffeine.
It is not as lethal and dangerous as chocolate, but the caffeine could cause them vomit and diarrhea, causing extreme dehydration which can lead to worse.
It could bring them to a state of nervousness were their hearts accelerate to the point of causing a heart attack. Its it’s rare for a cat to consume a large quantity to cause this, the times it has been reported for a cat to have passed due to it was due to animal abuse.
But It’s better to keep these away from them, just in case.
Cold Meat – Cold Cuts (Ham, Pepperoni, Salami, etc.);
This one doesn’t have such grave consequences, but it has its risks. Since, It’s meat any cat will be tempted to eat them… more like they won’t hesitate to eat them.
Cold Meats – Cold Cuts contain high levels of salt (As a Preservative), even as humans we cannot eat a whole salami without getting an upset stomach, so imagine what it does to a cat. (If you can eat a whole salami then you have a strong stomach )
I remember as a kid my cat would beg me for the pepperoni in my pizza and I did give her some once, after she became so thirsty she started panting and breathing heavily. Good thing she drank water and was fine afterwards but that’s when I learned more about it and stopped giving in to her begging.
Sorry kitty, no more pepperoni 🙁
If your cat somehow ends up eating these meats make sure to offer lots of water so they keep hydrated, if the panting continues and the second symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea start, it would be a good idea to take them to the vet, they might need an IV to rehydrate.
Bones (Specially Chicken and Fish);
It’s a good idea to check any meat you feed your cats to make sure there are no bones!
Some could be sharp enough to damage the tissue on the way to the stomach and others could become stuck causing them to choke.
Protect your kitties from any potential hazard!
Milk……wait, What? MILK?!;
Yes, milk can be a food you might want to avoid giving to your kitties.
The first time you hear this it’s surprising because cats love milk and as kittens they are able to digest their mother’s milk, but as they get older, cats (at least 85%) are lactose intolerant, they cannot handle the lactose in cow’s milk.
It can cause them the same reactions as people that are lactose intolerant such as;
- Abdominal bloating
- Borborygmi (Stomach rumble)
- And Diarrhea
The good news is, if you want to treat your cat to a delicious bowl of milk there is special milk for them, which is not surprising considering we have wine for them.
I Share a link 🙂
And the wine if you are curious XD;
Besides avoiding this dangerous foods for Kitties make sure to keep track of your cat’s diet, some have the tendency to eat a lot, specially as they get older when they become lazier and don’t exercise as much they can become obese and develop;
- Thyroid Problems
- Liver Disease
And of course it can reduce the life expectancy of your cat, so take care of them OK?
Now before I resume this post, I want to share what you CAN give to your Kitties;
- Special Dry Food; With lots of proteins and good fatties thinking only of them, of course!
- Wet Food; Containing all the vitamins and minerals they need!
- Cat Treats; There is a wide selection for these ones, you just need to give them a try and hopefully your cat will love them as well. It’s good to reward them from time to time.
- Always give them fresh water, make sure you change it every day, if possible twice a day it’s ideal.
- And last but not the least share some FRESH MEATS with them, preferably not raw! You can give them some roasted chicken, or baked fish, just make sure they are not to salty or spicy!
I hope the information it’s useful to you or someone you know !
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May you (and if you have an animal friend) have an awesome day! 🙂
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