Okay, it’s easier to tell you what they can’t eat as it’s a shorter but very important list. Some are the same as the foods dog can’t eat but not all. Here we go with the top ten:
- Onions, garlic, shallots & scallions top the lists I found. While not immediately deadly, they lead to anemia. The real danger is when your cat gets into the pantry and devours a packet of onion soup mix or your container of garlic powder. Get them to the vet STAT!
- Raw eggs, raw meat & bones. They all can have E.coli and salmonella, plus raw eggs contain an enzyme that causes skin and coat problems. Don’t throw those fat trimmings in their bowls either. They pose the same threat.
- Chocolate & caffeinated drinks. The darker the chocolate, the worse the effect. LOTS of beverages have caffeine, especially energy drinks. It’s those nasty methylxanthines that cause problems ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures.
- Alcohol. We’re not just talking alcoholic drinks here. Foods containing alcohol can also be deadly. If your cat ingests even a small amount of alcohol, call the vet immediately.
- Milk & cheese. This seems a little counter intuitive to me, however, kittens are fine nursing on their mother’s milk but after that most cats become lactose intolerant which isn’t any better for them than it is for us.
- Grapes & raisins. One source I looked at said researchers aren’t certain why, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.
- Raw fish. Do not give your cat sushi! Tuna in cat food in small doses is okay but don’t give them more than a little tuna prepared for humans as a treat now and then.
- Yeast dough. Yes, it will expand in their stomach.
- Green tomatoes & potatoes. They contain a poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine. Some cat foods contain a small amount of tomato, however, these are ripe tomatoes.
- Xylitol. This widely used sugar substitute is showing up in peanut butter, gum, candy, toothpaste and all kinds of diet foods and baked goods. It is toxic to both cats and dogs.
When it comes to food, cats can be very sneaky! Be aware of foods around your home and be sure your guests know so your party doesn’t have an unhappy ending!