Cats have a notorious reputation for being picky eaters, which is why pet owners tend to repeatedly give their feline friends treats they seem to enjoy. While there is nothing wrong with doing this, make sure that what you’re feeding is safe for Poppy.
Like chocolate and dogs, there are certain food products that your cat should never ingest—whether intentionally or by accident. If you tend to give scraps from your plate to your cat as a little holiday treat, vets in Croydon want to remind you to avoid feeding your cat any of the following:
Surprise! What’s harmful for Fido is actually harmful for Poppy as well. Chocolate contains a compound known as theobromine, a compound that causes harmful reactions within a cat’s body. Too much theobromine in the system can cause numerous heart problems, seizures, and muscle tremors.
In all its forms—raw, powdered, cooked, etc.—onions present a significant health risk to your cat. The chemical makeup of onions can easily break down your cat’s red blood cells, which eventually leads to anaemia. Short-term effects of onion consumption can cause significant gastrointestinal upset in your cat.
Spilled beer or wine should be wiped up immediately. Aside from the obvious slip risk, the alcohol content of these beverages can have a serious adverse effect on your cat. Just like in humans, alcohol can erode your cat’s liver and brain—albeit much faster than it would take to do the same to a human. Be careful of food items that may contain alcohol.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins are packed with vitamins, which is probably why some pet owners might think they make a good treat. Unfortunately, grapes and raisins can lead to repeated vomiting and hyperactivity in your cat. Eventually, grapes and raisins may lead to kidney failure.
If your cat eats any of the food items mentioned above, immediately call respected vets, such as Dr. Anne Nelson, and explain the situation to them. Many of the most trusted vets offer emergency services to help combat the negative effects of the food items. If your vet asks you to bring you cat over for examination, try to bring the container of the food your cat ate as it may give your vet a better idea of what actions she needs to take.
Human Foods that are Dangerous for Cats, petmd.com