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You might want to chomp on a bar of chocolate from
time to time, but don't attempt to feed your cat any. Same for that mug of beer
or rich Indian curry loaded with onions and garlic. Some food should never be
given to cats as they can be toxic to their health. As your cat's caregiver,
you should be careful of never feeding your cat any of the following items –
– Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that could induce heart attacks if
consumed by animals like cats and dogs. If ingested, chocolate could cause
vomiting/diarrhea in your cat. While cats will not usually eat chocolate, they
may do so if they are hungry or have developed a taste for sweets. The darker
the chocolate and the more the chocolate content, the more toxic the chocolate
variety is for your cat.
– Garlic damages Red Blood Cells in a cat's body, predisposing it to anemia.
– Onions can be toxic for cats as they kill RBCs in a cat’s body, which could
lead to Heinz body anemia in your cat. Raw/cooked, any form of onion is harmful
to your cat. Try to avoid any kind of access to onions for your cat.
– You may have grown up with depictions of cats with a fish dangling from their
mouth, but don't be surprised to learn that raw fish is actually toxic for
cats. Raw fish contains an enzyme called thiaminase, which destroys the body's
thiamine i.e., a B vitamin. Thiamine deficiency can lead to seizures. It could
also be fatal and lead to death.
– Raw eggs can cause Salmonella in your cat. They also contain the enzyme
avidin, which can slow down your cat’s ability to process biotin.
– Feeding your cat dog food is never a bright idea. Dog food has been
formulated to meet your dog’s nutritional requirements and will not do the same
for your cat. Your cat’s nutritional needs are different from a dog’s. For eg:
Cats need taurine as part of their diet as their body is unable to produce it.
Dogs, however, manufacture taurine on their own and do not necessarily need it
as part of their diet.
– While kittens need milk, grown cats lose the ability to digest lactose after
they’ve been weaned. Milk can cause diarrhea in your grown cat. Also, you will
dehydrate your cat if you serve it milk as a replacement for water.
Any cat parent should
avoid feeding their cat food from the above list for the health and wellbeing
of their pet friend. It is their duty to provide their cat with a diet that
caters to their nutritional needs and doesn't jeopardize their health.