There are plenty of human foods that are extremely toxic to cats. Human foods are never meant to replace cat food in the feline diet. Should you feed your cat human food that is considered to be nutritional for your cat, make sure to always feed them in moderation. In addition, as you consider options for cat snacks, make sure to avoid any of the toxic foods that this article mentions below.
What You Should Know
If you accidentally fed your feline baby any of the toxic foods listed below, call your vet immediately. It is also best to contact your vet if you suspect that your cat might have ingested something themselves. Do not wait to see any symptoms if you know they have consumed something they shouldn’t have. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Find below a brief overview of some of the most toxic foods for cats.
Canned tuna offers no significant nutritional value that their dry cat food and cat treats don’t already provide for them. It is best to avoid it altogether.
- Health risks: mercury poisoning.
- Symptoms: Loss of coordination and balance, difficulty walking.
Most types of cheese are extremely toxic for cats. Even a tiny block of cheese could wreak havoc in their digestive system.
- Health risks: dairy allergy, digestion problems, weakened immune system.
- Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, itchy & red skin patches, hair loss.
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which both threaten a cat’s health.
- Health risks: liver failure
- Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, tremors, increased heart rate, panting, increased thirst, panting.
Although small amounts of coconut does little to no harm, the fruit itself as well as coconut-based products such as coconut milk, yogurt, etc., can easily upset your cat’s stomach.
- Health risks: digestion problems, heart problems (coconut water)
- Symptoms: vomiting
Grapes are one of the most toxic fruits that affect both cats and dogs. While there are no official reports on cats eating grapes, the signs that are found in dogs are alarming enough for experts to advise against feeding grapes to cats.
- Health risks: kidney failure
- Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, increased thirst, stomach pain, weakness, dehydration, tremors
Sharing some leftover pizza with your feline friend may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. Pizza offers no nutritional value while it is extremely harmful at the same time due to its toxic ingredients and primarily yeast.
- Health risks: digestion problems
- Symptoms: skin irritation, sneezing, vomiting, gas, diarrhea.
If your feline baby has consumed any of the above toxic foods for cats, do not panic. Remember that some of these foods are more harmful than others. Some of them may not be as dangerous if your feline baby has only stolen a bite or two from them. Call your vet and try to calmly resolve the problem as soon as possible.