Three Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

by VetDepot on August 1, 2014

cat and milkWhile certain people foods (like a small amount of cooked tuna or eggs) are typically safe for cats, others are off-limits. Keep your feline companion safe by making sure the following foods are always out of reach:

1.) Raw Fish: Sushi-grade raw fish may be safe for people, but it’s definitely dangerous for cats. When ingested, raw fish can cause gastrointestinal upset. When consumed on a regular basis, raw fish can trigger thiamine deficiency in cats, which can lead to neurological problems and convulsions.

2.) Onions: Cats are nearly two times more susceptible to the toxic compounds found in onions than dogs are. Even a small amount of onion can cause red blood cell damage because cats do not properly metabolize these components.

3.) Milk: Despite the common misconception that milk is the perfect treat for cats, adult felines do not typically digest milk well. This can lead to diarrhea and other symptoms of stomach upset.

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Nikki Timberlake August 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

I was very surprised to hear about the raw fish. I would have never thought that would be a problem. Thank you for educating me.

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Jordan Walker August 5, 2014 at 5:39 pm

You should not give chocolate, coffee tea, and other caffeine to your cat since it contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous system.

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Mary October 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

Also heard that avocados are bad. Turkey is also bad for cats as well as dogs because of Tryptophan .

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Scott October 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Turkey is fine for cats and dogs, but everything should be given in moderation. Some foods are a no-no for both species – onions, garlic, raisins, and grapes, for instance.

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