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Human Food for Cats

We all know the rules – don’t feed your feline friends your own human food. Yada yada yada…blah blah. We do it anyways though because it’s so cute to see a cat munching on chips or eating a french fry. Shame on us, we are so weak and FYI both french fries and chips are bad for cats. Let’s look at the facts for a moment to talk about a few ‘human’ foods that are unsafe for cats to eat.

Let’s start with one we are all too familiar with: Chocolate. It’s becoming more widely known that chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Theobromine is the offending substance here. The purer the chocolate (like baker’s chocolate) the more toxic it is. Although many cats won’t go near chocolate, it only takes a small amount of pure chocolate to kill a cat.  Grapes and raisins, while great for us, aren’t great for our cats. These foods’ toxicity has only recently been discovered, and although the only studies have been with dogs, it is also believed that these fruits may affect cats adversely.

And Milk… really? Yup. TV has corrupted our minds into MISTAKENLY thinking that every cat needs to drink milk. Hogwash! It’s totally false. In general cats should AVOID milk. While Milk is not toxic to cats, it can have many adverse effects which include stomach upset, cramps, gas and the squirts. Many cats are lactose intolerant.

For more information on what human food should be kept away from your cat, check out the following link in our pet forum.

5 Responses to this Article, So Far

  1. I am still amazed to this day at the number of potential clients that call the clinic, telling me that their pet (cat or dog) has runny stool, and that they drink almost exclusively milk.

    At first I thought they were joking. People really believe it is a staple.

  2. Avatar Bob says:

    Carob bars are a substitute for chocolate and a good healthy treat. What looks,feels and tastes like chocolate – carob.

  3. Avatar rebecca says:

    heyya, my cat likes to eat cheese and cheese spread also colsalaw and ham and ham spread but im not sure wether its good for them?? please could u let me know wether it is? also she likes a bit of sausage and egg? many thanks

    • Avatar Marko says:

      Ummm – no, not good at all for your cat.

    • Avatar Asia says:

      Eggs are okay, it is actually good protein for cats. But make sure its just the eggs and nothing else like salt, cheese etc. Cheese makes animals constipated and could back up their bowels. I give my cat ham every now and then, only if it is actually real ham and not the store bought kind that comes in a package. That has preservative’s and other stuff. I wouldn’t give a cat coleslaw.

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