It’s really important for every cat owner that their cat is an animal and should be treated like one.
The digestive system of cats is very different than ours and human food can end being highly toxic for your poor feline friend.
Can my cat eat whipped cream? Whipped cream or literally any kind of dairy products should be kept away from cats as most of them are lactose intolerant. This doesn’t mean that your cat would die after ingesting whipped cream but why take the chance?
This might come as a shock to most people but milk isn’t the best thing to feed your cat, no matter how many cartoons you have seen where cats drink nothing but milk.
Dairy Products are Toxic for Cats
Lactase in an enzyme that helps to break down lactose present in dairy products. Kittens and young cats have an abundant amount of lactase in their body, that’s why they do not fall ill after ingesting milk but as cats grow up their body reduces lactase products and at one time their bodies completely stop producing the enzyme altogether.
Due to the negligible amount of lactase in their bodies, it is extremely difficult for most cats to digest dairy products.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot feed your cat alternatives such as Whiskas cat milk and Cat Sip Milk that are specifically designed for cats that are lactose intolerant.
Foods that are Toxic for Cats
Another highly toxic human food for cats is chocolate.
Eating chocolates might be a dream come true for you, but for your cat, it’s a death sentence. Cocoa, as well as chocolates, contains an ingredient called theobromine. Theobromine can be easily digested by humans, but that not the case when it comes to cats.
As your cat is unable to digest theobromine, it leads to a toxic build-up that can cause severe health issues like liver failure. Chocolate also contains Caffeine. Caffeine is also highly toxic for cats and can lead to fatal issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, and accelerated heart rate plus restlessness.
Even a small amount of chocolate is harmful to your fluffy pet. White chocolate, dark chocolate, and even milk chocolate contain small traces of cocoa.
Chocolate isn’t good for your cat’s dental health either. The bottom line is, never feed your cats chocolate Period!
Avocados are a Big No for cats. They contain a toxic known as a person.
Persin is not very dangerous for humans, and some avocados are okay for cats too.
But why risk it?
Your cat might not die from eating a little piece of avocado, but it will end up with an upset stomach and might suffer from diarrhea or vomiting. The above situation only pertains to adult cats. Senior cats and kittens might not share the same fate.
The skin of the avocado can also cause obstructions in your cat’s digestive system. The avocado extracts in cat foods are safe as they do not contain the toxin person.
I really mean it!
Never under any circumstances feed your feline friends onions. Onions are super dangerous for cats.
The Allium family contain organic sulfoxides that are converted into sulphur-containing organic compounds once chewed.
Cats are highly sensitive to the properties of onions, which are toxic.
Feeding your fluffy mate onions can cause the poor creature to suffer from anaemia.
Anaemia is a condition in which the red blood count of the victim drastically reduces, and so the blood becomes deficient in oxygen. The anaemia, in turn, can lead to other severe conditions such as organ failure, internal organ damage, and sometimes even death.
Onion toxicity is quite common among cats.
Wait! It gets worse!
Consumption of as little as 5 grams of onions in cats can result in drastic health issues. As a matter of fact, you should avoid feeding your cat any food that contains even a tiny amount of onion in it. Onion toxicity should not be taken lightly. The only treatment for this condition is fluid therapy and supportive care. Feeding your cat onions is like giving them poison.
If you don’t want your feline friend to walk through the light, then I suggest you keep the poor creature away from onions. Raw onions are much more dangerous as compared to cooked onions, but do not get me wrong; any kind of onion is bad for your feline friend. If your cat accidentally ends up eating an onion, you should immediately take it to your vet.
The sooner, the better!
Garlic for cats is precisely like it is for Dracula.
Garlic is extremely toxic for cats.
Garlic just like onions is part of the Allium species and contains toxic compounds such as thiosulphates and disulfides.
Garlic is thought to be five times more toxic than onions for cats.
The chemicals present in garlic enter the blood of your cat and begin to damage the red blood cells.
This leads to hemolytic anemia, which is a highly dangerous health condition.
Due to the severe damage, the red blood cells of your cat are unable to transport oxygen within the body, which leads to oxygen deficiency.
Many people use garlic as a home remedy for fleas, but you shouldn’t risk it.
You should opt for a garlic-free method instead, such as using a fine tooth comb to get rid of fleas or ticks.
If your cat accidentally eats garlic, do not waste any time in calling your vet.
The sooner, the better!
Candies are high in sugar, and cats are not equipped with a digestive system that can easily digest sugar. Sugar itself is not toxic for cats, but it can cause obesity, which can turn into diabetes.
Sugar is also really bad for your cat when it comes to their dental health. So take my advice and keep your cat away from any kind of candy.
How long can cats go without food?
Cats can go without food for about two to ten days. A cat that does manage to survive for this long will most probably suffer from organ damage
Is Tuna bat for cats?
Cats can very easily get addicted to tuna. Giving them tuna now and then does not hurt but a steady diet of tuna for cats can lead to malnutrition.
What veggies can cats eat?
You can serve your cat steamed vegetables such as asparagus, green beans, chopped greens, winter squash or carrots, etc.