6 Human Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat
His tiny whiskers and swishy tail are so sweet it can be hard to resist giving him whatever he wants, but there are certain foods you should never feed your cat. Many human foods can put your little guy at risk for gastrointestinal problems, restlessness and worse. As the devoted pet owner that you are, the safest bet is to teach your cat that the food on the dinner table is for people only, and the food in his bowl can be enjoyed to the fullest.
There are certain human treats you and your cat can share — really small servings of cooked vegetables and fish are OK for kitties, for example. But when in doubt, it’s best to stick to the veterinarian-approved eats, and to always consult your vet before introducing something new into your pawed pal’s diet. Best Friends Animal Society, a Utah animal sanctuary and advocacy group, shared some expert tips with The Huffington Post about the foods you definitely shouldn’t share with your pet.
Chocolate contains two toxins, caffeine and theobromine, that are part of a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. All real chocolate is made from these toxins, though dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate and cocoa powder tend to have higher concentrations. These chemicals are bad for your cat because they stimulate the heart and the nervous system. According to the group of experts at Best Friends, “The signs of toxicity can range from vomiting, increased thirst, abdominal discomfort and restlessness to severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, high body temperature, seizures and death.”
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