August 4th, 2008, 11:20 PM
I know that macadamia nuts are extremely dangerous for cats. What about peanuts?
I would NEVER feed my cat peanuts, but hubby has a tendency to leave bowls of peanut shells+skin laying around despite my asking not to.
If my cat should get into those, would she be ok?
August 5th, 2008, 02:00 AM
Here is a list of Toxic plants & food http://www.cathelp-online.com/emergency/poisonplants.php
Peanuts are not listed in there but I wouln't risk it. :2cents:
According to this site (http://www.heathershomemadedogtreats.com/toxic.html)
NUTS: Walnuts can cause gastroenteritis and are considered poisonous to dogs. Macadamia nuts contain an unknown compound, which can cause muscle tremors, weakness and paralysis of the hindquarters – luckily these symptoms last a short time. In general, nuts are high in phosphorus and may contribute to the formation of bladder stones.
NOTE: Peanuts are a legume, “from the earth”, not grown on trees. They are not harmful when used in small amounts.
Which gives the impression that moderate-large amounts are harmful.
Another site (http://www.cat-world.com.au/ToxicFoodsToCats.htm) mentions
Almond nuts contain cyanogenic glycosides which will result in cyanide poisoning. This interferes with the ability of the blood to release oxygen into the tissues, so the cat effectively suffocates while it's blood is full of oxygen.
Macadamia nuts have been known to cause tremors & muscle weakness in dogs, therefore it's best to apply caution & avoid giving them to cats
From here (http://www.sixwise.com/Newsletters/2008/July/24/Six-Foods-that-are-Surprisingly-High-in-Toxins.htm) Peanuts, depending on where they are grown & what conditions, can contain fungus that releases afatoxin:
The fungus itself is not dangerous, but the poison it releases, known as "aflatoxin," is. This cancer-causing agent attacks the liver and is one of the more deadly food-borne toxins in existence.