Your pet’s diet is more important than you think. From a young age, it’s important that they are eating a food that brings a nutritional balance to their life.

Even with a big bowl of food that they love, it won’t stop your kitty from trying to get a bit if yours. It’s important to know that some “human” foods can cause serious damage to your pet. We have a list of items that you should keep out of your cat’s reach.

During your cat’s prevention examination, we’ll be sure to answer all of your nutritional questions!

Raw Meat

Raw meats, including fish, can contain dangerous bacteria that can cause food poisoning in cats (and can also be dangerous for the humans in the house).

Dairy Products

Most cats are lactose intolerant and cannot process dairy foods. Give your cat too much milk, and she may have an upset stomach and diarrhea.

Tuna

A cat fed a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can become malnourished, because the tuna doesn’t provide all the nutrients a cat needs. Additionally, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.

Grapes

Both grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats, which will sometimes reveal itself early on in the forms of vomiting and hyperactivity.

Onions, Garlic, Chives

Onions, garlic, and chives can all cause stomach upset in cats. And, regardless of the form of onion (powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated), it can break down your cat’s red blood cells, leading to anemia.

Alcohol

Alcohol has the same effect on a cat’s liver and brain that it has on humans. Just three teaspoons of whiskey could kill a 5-pound cat.

Caffeine

In large enough quantities, caffeine can be fatal for a cat, and there is no antidote. You’ll notice restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors if your cat has been poisoned by caffeine.

Chocolate

All kinds of chocolate, but especially dark, contain theobromine, which is toxic to cats.

Candy

The artificial sweetener xylitol can be found in candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods. In cats, it can cause a decrease in blood sugar and liver failure.

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