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Keep your cat safe—avoid these harmful foods

As cat lovers, we’re used to sharing everything with our feline friends. From our homes to our conversations, they join in with almost everything we do. However, many of the foods that we love can be harmful for them, and as an owner, it’s crucial to know which. Keep reading for some foods to avoid to keep your cat happy and healthy!

  • Milk

Wait, but cats love drinking milk from saucers, right? Not necessarily! Although it’s okay to give kittens milk, it’s not suitable for adult cats, who are lactose intolerant. If your feline friend can’t shake their taste for milk, you can get lactose-free milk from a pet shop, but otherwise, avoid giving your cat an upset tummy!

  • Onions and Garlic

Although these roots are a staple in many human dishes, these too can be poisonous
for your cat. Garlic and onions contain disulphides and sulfoxides, which can break down your cat’s red blood cells. This poison can cause anemia, weight loss, and lethargy, as well as—you guessed it—tummy problems. 

  • Chocolate

Although this is more commonly known, it’s important to highlight that this should never be given to any pet. Chocolate contains a toxic substance called theobromine, which causes tremors, irregular heartbeats, seizures, and even death. Needless to say, this must be kept out of our feline friends’ reach at all costs. 

  • Raw Fish

It is a well-known fact that cats love fish, but raw fish is a complete no-go. Raw fish carries harmful bacteria that destroy an essential feline vitamin: thiamine. Any deficiency in this vitamin and cats can suffer from cognitive problems, leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and worse fates. 

  • Caffeine and Alcohol

Unfortunately, we are unable to share the drinks we love most with the animals we love most. The caffeine in tea, coffee, and other drinks can be very dangerous for cats, causing agitation, rapid breathing, tremors, and cardiac problems. Furthermore, even the tiniest bit of alcohol can prove severely toxic for our feline friends. Causing liver and brain issues from the moment it is ingested, this is one of the most important things for cats to avoid. 

These are only a few of the foods that caring owners must keep in mind, and the best nutrition for our feline friends can only come from food made specifically for their needs. However, there are some safe, homemade foods and drinks your cat will love! Check them out here: 

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