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We as humans have evolved drastically from our primate ancestors. We are capable of consuming a large variety of food, most of which are lethal to other animals. So we have a tendency to forget that our pets cannot quite eat the same food as us. The next time you want to sneak either your feline companion a morsel from your table, remember to think twice about what you are giving them.Here is a list of five foods that you should not be feeding your cats.
- Alcohol:Humans can consume alcohol up to a limit before it destroys our liver. The same cannot be said about your cats. Even a small teaspoon of alcohol can cause severe liver and brain damage that will kill your cat.And really, if you are considering feeding your cat alcohol, then you have no right taking care of him or her.
- Chocolate:Chocolate is a decadent treat for humans. It is not only sweet, but cocoa also contains a cocktail of enzymes that can act as an aphrodisiac in the right quantities. Is it a wonder that we give them as Valentine’s gifts?However, chocolate also contains theobromine that can cause heart problems, muscle tremors, and even seizures in cats. So please, find another way to show your cat that you love him or her.
- Coffee, tea and energy drinks:Coffees, teas, and energy drinks are strong wake-me-ups for those dull days. However, make sure to keep your cat away from those half-full mugs on your counter or table. These beverages contain caffeine that is a strong stimulant. While it works wonders energizing a human’s muscles, it will cause hyperventilation, respiratory problems, heart palpitations and muscle tremors in cats.
- Fat trimmings, raw meat, raw eggs and raw fish:Domesticated cats have very sensitive digestive systems due to years of breeding. Most hard foods tend to put a severe strain on the cats and cause severe problems. Foods like fat trimmings, raw meat, raw eggs and raw fish can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis in cats. These foods also carry with them a risk of carrying Salmonella or E. coli bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
- Onions and garlic:Onions and garlic are very minute quantities may not carry much risk to your cat. However, if your cat happens to consume an entire clove of garlic or green onion, it can lead to digestive problems and food poisoning. Regular consumption can even cause anemia. Just add a few drops of sauces that contain onion or garlic to your cat’s regular food. However, it is better if you are on the safer side and just got rid of onion and garlic from your cat’s diet.