Can you give human foods to cats?

One of the most commonly asked questions about cats or dogs is whether your pet can be given human food. People automatically assume that they can give everything to their pets. Therefore, most people end up serving leftovers to their cats. However, this is a serious health hazard as a cat can die because of this. Sometimes, your cat will not react immediately, and as a result, you would keep feeding her the same item. It then comes out as a blast. The diagnosis is often harrowing, and sometimes you are left with a dying cat. 

Feeding your cat like this also develops a habit of begging in them. Therefore, you will see them vocalizing as soon as you start eating. To prevent this, specialists suggest never allowing your cat to eat with you or from your plate. Try not to eat in front of your cat, and do not let her get onto the table. All of these tips are to stop her from eating human food.

Other than that, cats are carnivores. Their bodies can only benefit nutritionally from protein-based diets. They cannot digest everything given to them. They cannot eat several vegetables that are healthy for human beings, but they can get nutrition from some vegetables. Don’t overfeed vegetables to your cat. Cats don’t have the digestive enzymes to break down vegetables. Thus, it causes digestive issues when you overfeed them with vegetables.

Which human foods to avoid

Pets Uniq has compiled all of the vegetables that can be dangerous for cats. These are those food items that cause an immediate reaction in the bodies of cats. Hence be careful.

Following are the food items that are extremely dangerous for cats:

Milk and other dairy products

There is a huge misconception about milk when it comes to cats. People think that giving dairy products to your cat is healthy. It is often shown in movies and cartoons. Cats are displayed as lovers of milk. But in reality, the case is different. These milk lovers can be lactose intolerant. Cats cannot digest cow milk. However, they can drink milk from their mothers. But as they grow up, they become fully lactose intolerant. Thus, adult cats should not drink milk. It will cause indigestion, diarrhea, and other digestive issues in cats.

Read more about the impact of milk on cats. 

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Alcohol

One of the most commonly found food items in every household is alcohol. Every household has a bottle lying here and there unless they have kids. It makes alcohol easily accessible to cats. Now, cats would not open the bottle to drink it, but they might push it out of curiosity. It results in the bottle breaking, and your cat may taste it. The bad news: it is poison for your little buddy. It can cause indigestion, which causes diarrhea and vomiting. You will have to take your little friend to the hospital in an emergency.

Note: Don’t let your cat eat raw dough. It has a similar impact as alcohol. Your cat develops alcohol within her body due to raw dough. Therefore, it is equally dangerous.

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Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins are the most toxic and dangerous food items for cats. They directly attack the kidney, and often, cats die from kidney failure. Do not stay in a delusion that only a considerable amount will affect your cat. Any amount of these food items can cause complete kidney failure. Your cat will start vomiting after eating just a small piece of grapes or raisins. If your cat becomes lazy, sluggish, or keeps vomiting, it is suffering from indigestion. It often leads to kidney failure. Specialists still do not know why cats get kidney failure after eating grapes or raisins. They cannot connect the dots between the two. Hence, keep them away from your little kitty.

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Chocolate and fizzy drinks

Chocolates and fizzy drinks are considered as one of the favorite food items of human beings. These are given as gifts on all special occasions. They assume that these are safe for their cats as well, but they could not be more wrong. A small amount of chocolate can cause a threat to your cat’s life. Chocolates cause seizures in cats. Some common signs are vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, high temperature, abdominal pain, increased heartbeat, thirst, and tremors in muscles. It is because of the presence of methylxanthines in these items. Dark chocolates are more dangerous than other kinds of chocolates. Therefore, keep all kinds of chocolates away from your cat. Carbonated drinks have similar ingredients in them. Therefore, the damage is often similar to that of chocolate. Take your cat to the hospital immediately after drinking carbonated drinks.

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Raw eggs, meat, and bones

E. Coli and salmonella are dangerous bacteria. These can cause severe issues in your cat. These are not only a threat to cats; these are a threat to you as well. You can get them from your cat easily. How does your cat get it? Your cat can get it from raw poultry items and raw meat. Raw eggs, chicken, beef, and bones can quickly transfer E. Coli and salmonella to your cat. If an infected cat bites or licks you, you will likely be infected. You can also be infected by coming into contact with raw meat. Your symptoms might be similar to other issues, but a doctor can easily diagnose it. However, your cat will have diarrhea, vomiting, and sluggishness. Other than that, raw eggs ruin and destroy the coat of your cat. This is due to a digestive enzyme found in raw eggs. Apart from this, raw bones are dangerous as they could get stuck in your cat’s throat while causing severe injuries.

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Conclusion

All of these food items are commonly found in every house. These are just a few from a huge list of such items. Indigestion is a severe issue for cats. It should never go unnoticed, and it should never be taken lightly. You could lose a precious life because of your non-serious attitude. Thus, if you love your cat, think twice before feeding anything to her. Other than that, if you do not have time to talk to your vet, google every human food before feeding it to your kitty.

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