Did you know that eating right also applies to your feline pets? Yes, it does. Unlike humans, cats could be very sensitive to what we feed them, and unlike us, they do not have the same bodily functions and digestive capabilities. So what could be good for you may not be good for your cats.
That’s why we must know what our cats eat and drink because the last thing we’d want is to see our cats suffering. You can start by identifying the type of food that is detrimental to cats. Then, take a closer look at the ingredients and the contents of the food. From there, you would know if it’s okay or not okay.
Here are five foods that you should never let your cats eat;
1. Dairy Products
All types of cats are lactose intolerant. Yes, all of them. This is why we’ve seen pictures from textbooks where kittens drink milk; that’s not what it’s like in reality. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and more are not really recommended for cats. This can upset their stomach and can result in diarrhea, vomiting, and other stomach-related illnesses.
If you’re wondering what kittens can eat since they’re not yet capable of eating solid foods, there are specific formulas for a kitten’s milk. Kittens can either get their source from their mothers or from a veterinary expert that usually formulates the milk with enough nutrients for their growth.
2. Dog Food
From the name itself, it’s obvious that dog food is made specifically for dogs. And there are multiple studies where experts say that cats shouldn’t eat dog food because what’s beneficial for dogs can cause malnutrition for cats. For example, your cat needs vitamin A, taurine, and arachidonic acid, which are not present in dog food. Lacking the following nutrients can cause severe conditions.
Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are two toxic ingredients for cats. With the intake of these ingredients, your cat can experience seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, increased body temperature, and rapid heart rate or breathing.
Tuna can be every cat’s favorite, but you should not rely on this single product to keep your cat healthy. Tuna only contains a small amount of nutrients, wherein if you depend on this food, your cat will surely be malnourished. What’s worse is that too much tuna can lead to mercury poisoning that can cause your cat’s death.
Although you can occasionally serve them tuna as a treat, always take note to not serve them raw.
5. Onion, Garlic, and other members of Allium family
These foods can cause your cat’s red blood cell deterioration, which will result in anemia. In addition, when they accidentally eat these, they will experience nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, or much worse.
Cats are considered picky eaters, but they are very curious creatures as well. As a cat owner, you are responsible for monitoring what proper food they should take. Don’t leave any food unattended on your table or countertop as they might accidentally eat it out of curiosity which will lead them to harm or any severe conditions.