Harmful Foods for your Cat

Does kitty love to eat what you eat?  When you sit down to your meal or are preparing dinner in the kitchen is someone there with a keen eye on what’s on offer?  As much as we all love to make our pets happy and give them something Dark chocolatewhen they so desperately want it, it may not always be in their best interests for us to do so.

Most cats love their food and because they’re so agile they can generally reach a lot more than the canine members of the family.  There are a number of foods that are toxic to cats & should be avoided – not only from their diet but from their reach (just in case).

  • Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine - contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous system.
  • Grapes and raisins - these foods' toxicity has mainly been found in dogs, in quantities of varying amounts but they may also have an adverse affect on cats and are worth avoiding.
  • GrapesMacadamia nuts - contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
  • Milk - although milk is not toxic to cats, it may have adverse effects. Adult cats fed a nutritious diet don't need milk, and many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that the lactose in milk and milk products produces stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness. If your cat loves milk, and begs for it,  then lactose reduced pet milks are available.
  • Mushrooms - mushrooms can contain toxins which may affect multiple systems in the body.
  • Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables (raw, cooked, or powder) - contain a substance which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia.  Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.  Cats are more susceptible than dogs.
  • OnionsTomatoes, Green (raw Potatoes)  - can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms

As always, if you’re ever in doubt about the health of your pet, consult your veterinarian.


** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.