What you should never feed your cat: crucial advice for all feline fans

It happens all the time: the moment you decide to have a yummy snack, your fluffy little bandit sets up camp nearby making his best puppy eyes at you (even though he’s a cat). But pleading looks or not, you need to stay strong, because there are some common kinds of food your cats should never eat.

To remind you exactly what those danger foods are, LikeAble found this handy list. This one’s worth putting up on the fridge.

Chocolate

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Chocolate contains two toxins, caffeine and theobromine, which stimulate the cardiovascular and nervous systems. According to Best Friends Animal Society, chocolate is highly toxic and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and heart attacks.

Alcohol

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Because of their small size, cats are very sensitive to alcohol, so do not leave it in places where it is accessible to them. Alcohol poisoning causes vomiting, loss of coordination, disorientation and lethargy. As little as a tablespoon can put an adult cat in a coma.

Coffee

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Coffee contains caffeine, which can cause hyperactivity, rapid breathing, heart palpitations and muscle tremors. The same goes for tea and energy drinks.

Some vegetables

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Some kinds of fruit and veggies are also harmful for cats: avocados, apricots, cherries, garlic, onion, mushrooms, grapes and raisins. Some contain toxic substances; for example, onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate, which may cause digestive issues and anaemia. However, there are certain kinds of fruit and vegetables that can become excellent additions to your cat’s diet. Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, yams and green beans can be given in small portions. But don’t forget to cook them a bit to make them more digestible.

Milk

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Dairy products should be banned, despite the ’kitten + saucer of milk = happy’ stereotypes. Cats can become lactose intolerant when they become adults. Particularly sensitive ones can get diarrhoea and an upset stomach.

Sushi

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Raw fish, like raw meat and raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, raw fish contains thiaminase which could break down vitamin B, which is essential for cats. A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems.

Source: nat-geo