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Posted on 05-22-2017

Top 5 Poisonous Foods to Cats

Did you know that many “people foods” are poisonous to your pet cat? It often seems that cats want to share in, or are curious about, everything you do. Often they seem to feel everything you own is theirs. Still, be careful not to allow your cats to eat the following people foods, warns your veterinarian in Solomons MD. The foods could be hazardous to cat health.

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Never Let Your Cat Eat These Poisonous Cat Foods

Always keep human food away from your cat, unless you specifically check with your vet first. Here are some examples of common human food and beverage that can harm your cat:

  1. Alcohol: The tiniest amount can cause brain or liver damage in cats.
  2. Caffeine​: Coffee, tea and chocolate are harmful to your cat's health. Caffeine can specifically cause symptoms like rapid heartbeat and breathing, muscle spasms and seizure. Beware of giving a sip of your energy drinks to your cat for the same reasons.
  3. Raisins or grapes: It’s certain that these foods are deadly for dogs, and logic says they are also harmful for your cat.
  4. Dairy and/or raw meats (including raw fish, meat or eggs): We've lumped these items together because they are commonly thought to be great for cats to eat! In fact, cats can be lactose intolerant and show symptoms like nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea after drinking milk or eating dairy. As for the meat products, besides E. Coli and food-poisoning inducing salmonella, your cat could develop pancreatitis from fat buildup in the body. (Don’t give cats pieces of fat from meat of fish either.)
  5. Artificial sweetener: Xylitol is often found in sugar-free chewing gum and can be helpful for humans in preventing cavities. For your cat however, liver failure and/or blood glucose decreases are possible. (This has not been studied in cats, but the conditions have been noted in dogs—therefore don’t risk allowing your cat a bite of your diet food or drinks.)

What to Do if Your Cat Eats Harmful Foods

If you think your cat has eaten something harmful, try to assess how much has been eaten and call your vet. Sometimes small quantities may not be dangerous and may only require monitoring at home. While other cases are emergencies. If your cat has been poisoned, your veterinarian may need to administer IV fluids, conduct blood testing (to check organ function) and/or hospitalize your pet.

Schedule an Appointment

For absolute pet safety, always stick to high quality cat food recommended by your vet. If your cat shows signs of food poisoning, contact us immediately. Call Solomons Veterinary Medical Center in MD at 410-326-4300 right away!

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