Cats can be very picky eaters and unlike dogs, their diet needs to consist mainly of proteins. Due to cat’s specific dietary needs, it is very easy to make them sick by feeding them “human” food. Below is a list of foods and other household items that you should keep away from your cats to avoid making them sick or worse.
Common Foods and Household Items that are Poisonous to Cats
Medicine – Cats are not humans so don’t give them human medications. If you think your cat needs medicine take it to the vet. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen poisonings are very common and can kill your cat.
Lilies – All parts of the lily are poisonous to cats and can cause kidney failure. It is best to keep lilies out of the house and garden if you own a cat.
Raw Meat/Fish/Eggs – It is best to avoid feeding your cat anything raw, the risk of salmonella or E coli getting into your household is not worth it.
Onions/Garlic – Onion, garlic or anything in that family should be kept away from your cats. When cats consume onions in any form, their red blood cells begin to break down and cause anemia.
Chocolate – Everyone knows not to feed dog’s chocolate, but the same goes for cats. Dark and baking chocolate are the ones to really avoid, as they can cause tremors, seizures or worse case – death.
Alcohol – Cats react to alcohol the same way that humans do, but much quicker and with far less consumed. Alcohol can do serious damage to your cat and should be avoided in all forms.
Moldy Food – Some moldy foods produce toxins that can cause life threatening issues for your cat. If you are going to feed your cat “human” food, make sure there is no mold growing on it.
Xylitol – Xylitol can be found in candy, gum, baked treats, diet foods and many other places, it is extremely toxic to your cat and should be kept far away from them. Xylitol will cause their blood sugar to drop and liver failure can occur quite quickly.
Grapes/Raisins – Just like with dogs, grapes and raisins have been known to cause kidney failure in cats. The cause is still unknown, but it is best to keep them away from your cat.
Antifreeze – Humans shouldn’t drink antifreeze, which means your cat shouldn’t either. Keep antifreeze, which tastes pretty good to your cat, far away from them.
Rat/Mouse Poison – This one seems pretty obvious, but cats don’t know that it is poisonous, so if you have rat or mouse poison in your house be aware of its location and keep your cat away. Your cat can also get secondary poisoning from eating a mouse that has eaten mouse poison – always keep the packaging and bring it with you to the vet if you think your cat has consumed it.
Caffeine – Caffeine can be very harmful to a cat, I’m not talking about licking up a spilled drop or eating one coffee bean, but large quantities of caffeine can kill your cat, so maybe no espressos for Whiskers.
Marijuana – If your cat eats your marijuana they can get very ill, make sure to tell your vet if you suspect your cat got into your marijuana as they can become quite sick, especially if they ate a large amount.
Bread Dough – If your cat gets a hold of the raw bread dough that your have left out to rise, it is going to rise in their stomach and cause a ton of painful issues for your cat. Keep the dough covered and away from the cats.
Fat – Don’t feed your cat table scraps – if you don’t want to eat it, neither should your cat. Fat scraps will make your cats stomach upset and cause for some messy vomiting and diarrhea which you know the cat isn’t cleaning up for themselves.
Cats are very smart pets and it is unlikely that they will get into too many items on this list, but it is important to be aware of the items in your home that can harm your pet. Take the necessary precautions to make sure you don’t poison your cat!