Below is a list of foods that should not be fed to cats. The list includes many common household foods but is by no means exhaustive.
Introducing cats to other household residents should be done gradually, gently and over time.
Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.
Can cause pancreatitis.
Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.
Cats can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49km) over a short distance.
Cats dislike the winter because their fur doesn't insulate well when it's wet.
Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Some adult cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhoea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.
Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhoea and can also affect other organs.
Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.
If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced and if excessively fed can lead to obesity. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
Sweet tasting, animals can often consume due to licking paws after walking through a spill. Sadly this is relatively commonly seen. It can cause rapid onset renal failure. Although not a food, antifreeze is a deadly poison. Antifreeze should be kept well away from pets.
There are many plants and flowers which can be poisonous to cats if eaten. If you like to have cut flowers in the house the following list, which is not exhaustive, includes some of the more dangerous ones. NB – All Lilies are particularly poisonous to cats.
Stomach and intestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhoea)
Incoordination, trembling, collapse
Punctures skin, infection
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking head, difficulty breathing
Vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, cramps
All parts can cause kidney failure
Affects central nervous system
Vomiting, diarrhoea, excitable behaviour
Ingesting berries can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, blistering in the mouth, difficulty breathing
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