The 8 foods forbidden to cats

Feeding the leftovers of our meals to cats is a habit that is long gone. Commercially available foods meet all nutritional needs and make our lives easier. However, there are situations that are beyond our control, such as when our cat eats an ingredient that has fallen on the floor, or when we are tempted to share our food with him. It should be borne in mind that there are foods prohibited for cats, which can cause poisoning, intolerance and nutritional deficiencies which can put their health at risk.

Cats can get to places you can’t imagine thanks to their agility, so it’s not always easy to control everything they eat.

Here is the list of forbidden foods for our furry friends: 

  1. Chocolate . Theobromine is a component in chocolate that is toxic to animals. The changes the body experiences when eating it can cause nausea, tachycardia, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and tremors.
  2. Cow’s milk . They say cats love cow’s milk… Maybe that’s true, but whether it is beneficial for them is another story. Adult cats naturally stop producing lactase, which is responsible for synthesizing lactose. Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration can be signals of milk poisoning in felines.  
  3. Garlic and onion . The sulfur content of these ingredients, along with “their cousins,” leeks and chives, are toxic to cats. The most common symptoms are pale mucous membranes, blood in the urine, tachycardia, constant and repetitive breathing, diarrhea and vomiting. 
  4. Grapes and raisins . Certain components found in grapes cause kidney damage, anorexia, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea in our cats. 
  5. Bones and ridges . Even though our cats love them, bone pieces and bones can cause ulcers and perforations in the digestive system.  
  6. Alcohol . Who would think of giving alcohol to a cat? Fortunately no one, but just in case, we warn you: this is very dangerous! It produces neurological alterations, coordination and orientation problems, changes in breathing, liver problems and even coma. 
  7. Lawyer . The persin contained in this fruit, which is found in the pit and skin, can cause poisoning with the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and anorexia.  
  8. Dog food . Even if it is not toxic, it must be taken into account that the nutritional needs of the two are different, and for this they have different diets. In fact, dog food lacks many important nutritional ingredients for cats. 

As they say, prevention is better than cure. So keep your cat away from this list of foods prohibited for cats. Remember that a quality, balanced and healthy diet is always the best option to prolong and improve your cat’s life. 

And of course, if you think your cat has ingested any of these foods, don’t hesitate to go to the vet!