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The Most Poisonous Foods for Cats

By Team PetCareRx. May 18, 2012 | See Comments

The Most Poisonous Foods for Cats

Some of your everyday foods that may be laying around your house can actually make your cat very sick. Learn more here about what these foods are, and what to do if your cat nibbles on one.

Cats are curious by nature so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when you leave some food out on the counter, they often come and take a nibble. However, this could be dangerous for your pet. There are several foods found in a pet parent’s home on a regular basis that are actually poisonous for cats. Some of these foods will cause vomiting, seizures, and liver failure, and some can even result in the death of your pet.

In the most urgent cases, you may have to take your cat to see your vet immediately. If you need to know if a food is poisonous quickly, use the FIND function in your web browser to locate the food you have questions about.

Chocolate

What You Need to Know

  • While chocolate is a larger problem for dogs than cats, it still contains theobromine, which can be poisonous for our feline friends.
  • Part of the reason cats are less likely to eat chocolate is because they cannot taste the sweetness of the treat while dogs can.
  • The amount of chocolate a cat eats is related to how strong the poisoning is. For instance, just a small little nibble will most likely not have dire consequences.

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning in Cats

  • Seizures
  • Heart attacks
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Death

Treatment of Chocolate Poisoning in Cats

Contact your veterinarian and poison control as soon as possible. A vet may attempt to induce vomiting if your cat ate the chocolate in the last two hours. The vet will also treat the symptoms your cat shows, such as seizures and heart troubles, with specialized medicines.

Caffeine


What You Need to Know

  • If a cat drinks tea, coffee or soda, the caffeine in those beverages can cause heart problems and troubles for your pet.
  • While a few sips of a caffeinated beverage will not hurt your cat, if they eat coffee grounds or tea bags, there could be serious health effects.

Symptoms of Caffeine Poisoning in Cats

  • Vomiting
  • Hyperactivity
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Seizures
  • Collapse

Treatment of Caffeine Poisoning in Cats

Contact your veterinarian and poison control as soon as possible. A vet may induce your cat to vomit, as well as give your pet a dose of activated charcoal. Other options include sedatives, heart medication to lower your cat’s heart rate, and starting your cat on an IV.

Garlic and Onions


What You Need to Know

  • The sulfoxides and disulfides in garlic and onions are poisonous for cats
  • Sulfoxides and disulfides, which are in all forms of garlic and onions, including in raw, cooked or powdered, damage your dog’s red blood cells and can cause anemia
  • Onions have larger quantities of sulfoxides and disulfides than garlic so are more toxic for your cat. But both should be avoided by your pet

Symptoms of Garlic and Onion Poisoning in Cats

  • Anemia
  • Lack of energy
  • Pale gums

Treatment of Garlic and Onion Poisoning in Cats

Contact your veterinarian and poison control as soon as possible. A vet may treat your cat’s anemia with corticosteroids and immunosuppressants.

Alcohol


What You Need to Know

  • Your cat can ingest alcohol into their bloodstream through other ways than just drinking it. If your cat eats rumcake or unbaked dough that has yeast in it, they can also get alcohol poisoning.
  • If your cat eats yeast, then the alcohol from the yeast is absorbed into your cat’s bloodstream from their stomach quickly, meaning the effects of alcohol poisoning happen fast.

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning in Cats

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Dry Heaving
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Coma
  • Death

Treatment of Alcohol Poisoning in Cats

Contact your veterinarian and poison control as soon as possible. A vet may induce your cat to vomit to help your pet with the alcohol poisioning. 

Salt


What You Need to Know

  • If your cat eats too much salt, it can lead to dehydration and sodium ion poisoning.
  • Salt used to be used by some pet owners and veterinarians to induce vomiting in cats for medical reasons. However, this is no longer an accepted practice.

Symptoms of Salt Poisoning in Cats

  • Vomiting
  • Lack of energy
  • Large amounts of thirst
  • Damaged kidneys
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Treatment of Salt Poisoning in Cats

Contact your veterinarian and poison control as soon as possible. If your cat has salt poisoning, a vet may treat them with a dose of IV fluids while monitoring their dehydration levels.

Apricots


What You Need to Know

  • While the fruit of the apricot isn't toxic, the pit contains cyanide.
  • Cats may try to swallow the pit, which is toxic for them. This may also happen with cherry and peach pits, which both contain cyanide.
  • Cyanide inhibits the enzyme in cats that allows their cells to transport oxygen through their body efficiently.

Symptoms of Apricot Poisoning in Cats

  • Dilated pupils
  • Hard time breathing
  • Bright red coloring in the gums
  • Death

Treatment of Apricot Poisoning in Cats

Contact your veterinarian and poison control as soon as possible. A vet may treat your cat for cyanide poisoning by administering an IV.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by,your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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