While it is common knowledge that dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate, what cats shouldn’t eat isn’t as familiar. In fact, cats are often fed several foods which are not good for them, simply because some owners are unaware of what can hurt a cat. Here is a list of foods that you should not feed to your pet cat to best protect their health, so that they can live a long, happy and healthy life.

1. Canned Tuna

When given in large amounts, canned tuna can cause malnutrition in cats. Oftentimes, owners will substitute cat food for tuna, but tuna does not have the necessary levels of vitamins and minerals that a cat needs to be healthy. This malnutrition can lead to bigger problems, such as thiamine deficiency. 

2. Raw Fish, Meat and Eggs

Like canned tuna, raw fish can cause a thiamine deficiency, which can result in loss of appetite, seizures and even death. Additionally, you should not feed raw meat and eggs to your cat. Raw meat can contain bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause the cat to vomit or have diarrhea.

Salmonella can also be found in raw eggs, in addition to the enzyme avidin, which can prevent the cat from absorbing biotin, leading to skin and hair problems. If your cat has eaten these things, and you’re concerned with their health, you can keep track of their symptoms and report them to your veterinarian as you see fit. 

3. Milk

Though on television, cartoon cats are often given saucers of milk, this is a bad idea in reality. Cats can develop diarrhea and bowel discomfort if given milk or other dairy products. This is because cats’ digestive tracts can become mildly lactose intolerant once they reach adulthood. Unfortunately, even though soy milk is generally lactose-free, this also should not be fed to cats, as soy milk is usually sweetened with products that cats cannot digest.

4. Onions and Garlic

Cats can get into everything, including your cooking. If you cook with onions and garlic a lot, consider keeping an eye out for your sneaky, furry friend. Even in small amounts, these foods can be harmful. Onions and garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can cause anemia through the damage of red blood cells.

5. Dog Food

If you also have a dog, chances are your cat has tried the dog food — it happens. Try putting your dog’s food in a place that your cat can’t get to, if you can. In very small amounts, dog food can’t hurt your cat. So if you catch them at the dog bowl, simply “shoo” them away. However, if your cat is eating an excessive amount of dog food, or in place of their own food, this could be harmful to their little bodies. Dog food can result in malnutrition and diseases, which can affect the heart.

Though this list contains several things a cat shouldn’t eat, there are many more harmful substances you should avoid feeding your feline companion. For more information on cat care, please contact your Dawsonville Veterinarian today.