Cats are known for their freedom which contrary to what many think, is not synonymous with indifference. They integrate themselves into the routine of their homes as true family members and see the house as a refuge from the dangers of the world. But to ensure this security, you need to pay close attention to the kitchen, as it is full of banned cat food.
Whether by immediate evil or by enhancing health problems in our pets, common foods in the pantry of any residence should be kept away from feline curiosity. See, then, the most common 8!
1. Garlic and onions
Eating these fresh vegetables – or other foods seasoned with them – can cause anemia and intestinal problems in your pet, due to the presence of substances such as alipropyl disulfide and alicin.
So, never offer leftovers to your cat, nor allow it to lick your plate after meals.
2. Coffee, tea, and stimulants in general
Stimulant food and drinks cause effects on the central nervous system. Accelerated breathing, palpitations, tachycardia, and tremors are some of the reactions that can occur in the body of those who ingest them.
With cats, it’s no different. Therefore, keep them away from caffeine, avoiding the ingestion of coffee, teas and energy drinks.
In addition to caffeine, chocolate contains theobromine, which is extremely toxic to our pets. The ingestion of small amounts can cause diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions and even death.
So, keep them away from birthday parties and take care to clean and close well the packaging of sweets and desserts that will be discarded.
4. Milk and dairy products
Although the image of kittens taking milk is practically a classic one, their digestive system does not produce the enzymes necessary for lactose digestion and their ingestion can cause diarrhea.
Therefore, if the milk in question is not that of the mother cat, avoid it.
5. Egg and raw fish
Ingestion of raw foods is something that should always be done with extreme caution, especially because of the risks of contamination by bacteria. For cats, the risk is even greater because, when raw, the egg white and some fish have substances (avidin and thiaminase, respectively) that interfere in the absorption of vitamin B by the body.
The deficiency of this vitamin affects cats’ hair and skin, and can also cause neurological problems, convulsions, and coma.
6. Salty snacks
Salt is a dangerous ingredient for cats, as cats are more prone to kidney and urinary system problems. So offering any kind of snack or seasoned food is risky.
Also, prevent them from feeding on other animals’ feed and canned food.
7. Tomatoes and potatoes
These two foods are dangerous due to the presence of solanine, a substance that can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and neurological alterations. Solanine intoxication is also a risk for humans, but since the body weight of pussies is much lower, the dosage required for them to be affected is very small.
8. Grapes and raisins
There is still no verdict as to which substance present in the grape is harmful to cats, but the fact is that its ingestion affects the functioning of the kidneys. As they are already predisposed to kidney problems, kittens should be kept away from grapes and their seeds.
Flagging your pet by licking banned foods for cats for the first time is no reason for despair. If your pet’s health is not impaired, minimal amounts should not have any effect. In any case, keep an eye on him and contact the veterinarian immediately if you notice any abnormal behavior or suspicious symptoms.
To vary the feeding of your cat, consult a professional to include all the necessary nutrients so that he remains healthy.