What Foods Are Toxic to Cats?

by Pet Coupon Savings on October 16, 2013

Do you know what foods are toxic to cats? Unlike dogs, cats don’t typically get table scraps. However, cats are curious and like to get into things just like any other animal. We need to be very careful as to what foods we have lying around because some foods are extremely toxic to cats. We all try to make sure our cats are as healthy as possible, so ensuring he or she doesn’t get certain foods is crucial.

What Foods Are Toxic to Cats

What Foods are Toxic to Cats?

Chocolate – Chocolate contains a substance called Theobromine and can cause serious health problems or death for cats. You should also keep in mind that the darker the chocolate the more poisonous it is for cats. If your cat eats any chocolate you should contact your vet right away.

Onions – Onions are safe for humans but can be deadly to cats. Chemicals in the onions destroy the red blood cells and can cause your cat severe anemia. Even onions in small amounts can be very harmful to your pet.

Small Bones – Cats should not get small bones under any circumstance. Small bones splinter and can cause a choking hazard to your cat. Small bones can also cause problems in the digestive system or obstructions. Make sure any meat you give to your cat has been fully de-boned to prevent any problems.

Dog Food – This might be surprising to a lot of people, but dog food is very unhealthy for cats. If your cat gets into the dog food he or she probably won’t get too sick. However, the nutrients in dog food are very different from cat food. Cats require more protein and different vitamins than dogs do. Eating a few bites of dog food won’t hurt you furry baby but it should not be used as a source of nutrients.

Milk – Most cats have had cow milk at one time or another. However, cats should not drink cow milk since most cats are lactose intolerant. Milk in small or large amounts does not sit well with cats and cause stomach pains. If you would like to give your cat some milk, check the pet store for specialty milk suitable for kittens and cats.

Related Article: What Foods Are Bad for Dogs?

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Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations October 16, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I had NO idea about the milk. I used to give strays milk all the time. Poor kitties.


Pet Coupon Savings October 18, 2013 at 8:23 AM

I wouldn’t worry too much about it Nancy. I’m sure it’s better they have some milk then potentially starve. Water is always best though. Thank you for stopping by Nancy. :)


Renee October 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

This is such good information to know. I don’t own cats, I have dogs but I am constantly wondering if things can be toxic to pets and if so what they are. Thanks for sharing


working mama October 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

great share. this surely of help to those with cats


Savannah miller October 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

My sister and I use to fight over cats and milk! I told her they can’t drink it and yet she insist on giving it to her cat. I’m going to send her this blog post via facebook.
I had no clue about the other stuff though, thank you for sharing :)


Pet Coupon Savings October 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I didn’t know about the milk one for quite awhile either. Thanks for stopping by Savannah. :)


Tanya White October 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Oh my, I never knew dog food wasn’t good for my little fur babies, my cats love to get in my dogs food bin, I am going to have to move it now. Thanks for sharing!


Pet Coupon Savings October 19, 2013 at 1:42 AM

No problem Tanya. I know it happens frequently where cats get into dog food. I wouldn’t worry to much about them occasionally getting into it. I think the main point to note is that dog food shouldn’t be the only source of food for cats because its formulated differently and won’t fill the nutritional needs of a cat the way that it would a dog. Thanks for stopping by! :)


Sylvia Zajis October 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I would have never thought that a cat could not be sustained on dog food, very interesting.


Maria Greve October 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Wow, this is something good to know, I often cat-sit for my neighbor!


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