We all love to eat the naughty things that we shouldn’t – it’s human nature, and temptation can be just too great sometimes! But when it comes to our pets, it’s our responsibility to watch their eating habits: not only how much they eat, but what.
Many foods, plants (and other substances) that our pets come into contact with in our human environment are unnatural for them, and often the temptation – or curiosity – to investigate with all senses can be too much and you can find them gobbling down goodies that their tummies were never meant for.
There’s that old saying: “curiosity killed the cat”. Let’s make sure that this doesn’t happen to your fur-ball. Here are some tips on what to avoid to ensure that your kitty lives a long and happy life.
- Onion powder: Did you know that onions or onion powder can cause anemia in cats and dogs alike? Onions might make our meals amazing, but they can spell trouble for your pet, so make sure you keep them stored in a safe place.
- Alcohol: I can’t believe I’m actually writing this, but please don’t EVER give your cat alcohol. More for you 🙂
- Chocolate: Oh, my dearest weakness. (Subsequently my hips and I have a love/hate relationship!) Did you know that, whilst we can consume so much chocolate that the stretch marks will haunt us forever, something trivial like .24oz of dark chocolate per kilo of live cat can be deadly!! For my Charlie Bear, that’s only 1.5oz and he’d have wasted all nine of his lives!! A moment on the lips … a lifetime dead and buried *yikes!* So don’t ever risk your kitty around chocolate.
- Dog food: Look, I know how much my cats love it, but they simply shouldn’t have it. Whilst it might hit the spot for them if you’re in an absolute pinch, never replace your cat’s food with dog food as an everyday thing. A dog’s food is designed for a dog’s nutritional needs and digestive system – and last time I checked, my dog wasn’t a cat. So it’s important that Mr Claws gets the food that is right for his system. Cat food all the way.
- Milk: *Insert groan here* I know, I know. We’ve all seen the cartoons of cats lapping at saucers of milk, but the fact is, adult cats are lactose intolerant! This means that even a small amount of milk can lead to tummy upsets, cramping, and diarrhea. Just stick with water.
- Avocados: My healthy go-to for a healthier me is a nutritional no-no for our feline friends! It will quickly induce vomiting and diarrhea – the last thing that anyone wants to come home to on a Friday night! All parts of the avocado is toxic to them, so please store them away safely.
- Raisins or grapes: Did you know that these bite-sized human yummies are toxic for your precious cat? They can cause sudden kidney failure, and within 24hrs you will see signs of tiredness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Macadamia nuts: That’s right! Macadamias are known by emergency vets worldwide to have a toxic effect on our furry friends, being responsible for things like pale gums, tremors, vomiting, weakness, and joint pain.
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