If your cat happily eats everything you give him, be it yogurt or a piece of pizza, you will be surprised to learn that there are toxic foods. We often hear how dangerous chocolate is for dogs, but little that is also toxic to your cat. There are also dangerous fruits for cats. And they are by no means the only human foods that you shouldn’t share with your purring friend.
Pussycats have a (true) reputation for being more demanding furry eaters than dogs. This behavior has a genetic explanation. A descendant of a solitary hunter, the African wild cat Felissilvestrislybica, your furry companion does not feel the urge (except on rare occasions, and the reasons are different), to gobble up his food in one sitting.
Contrary to what happens with pack animals, such as dogs and wolves, your kitten does not need to swallow to ensure his ration. This inherited cat behavior, and still very marked in its genes, protect it. You will not eat a new food without thinking: first, you will sniff it, taste it very little, and make sure it is to your liking.
Chocolate, tea, and coffee
Not only chocolate is dangerous for dogs; also for your cat. Theobromine, an alkaloid found in cocoa, is toxic to most animals. According to International Cat Care, an organization that includes a division of cat veterinarians and accredited feline behavior experts, the lethal dose for a common cat, of about four kilos, would be 560 grams (g) case of ingesting pure chocolate; However, with 140 g, there would already be poisoning (vomiting, drinking a lot of water, lethargy), and your kitten would need to go to the vet.
Onion, garlic, leeks
Neither onion nor garlic, nor other vegetables of the Allium genus, such as leek or chives, are tasty on the cat’s palate. Even so, these foods are present in stews and prepared meals that can wake up your friend’s whiskers. And cooking them doesn’t reduce their toxicity. Some dangerous products include soups, broths, sauces, marinades, pickles, and the vast majority of convenience foods. Yes, your pizza also contains onion. So you better keep her away from your friend.
Raw meat or raw fish
They are not toxic, but uncooked foods are a source of bacterial infections, such as salmonellosis, for both cats and humans. “Also, raw meat can be a source of toxoplasma and anisakid fish, two parasites,” says the veterinarian. Raw fish also contains thiamine, which destroys your friend’s vitamin B1.
Sugar and spicy
Foods rich in sugar, salt, and/or fat and spicy foods are included in this list. All of them are bad for your friend.
The mold that grows in some spoiled foods, such as dairy, fruit, bread, or rice, is also toxic to cats (and your dog). Keep it away from the garbage can, and also from compost. Since mushrooms grow best in damp conditions in hot weather, double vigilance in summer is required.
You know, the next time your cat walks up to your slice of onion pizza with that irresistible face, be strong. I know: easier said than done.