So, lately, I’ve been dealing with a new cat. We just recently moved into a new house and he showed up on moving day. He was running behind two teenage boys walking down the road. It was really late at night and we were trying to get the last load finished up. He stopped following the boys and ran right up to us, just begging someone to cuddle him. He was a little skinny but you could tell that he had been a pet to someone, somewhere. No one ever came forward to claim him and nobody knew where he came from. That’s ok with me because he’s a sweetheart and fit right in with our other cat and two puppies. We named him Benson and he is my sidekick throughout the day. He literally will not leave my side and although he gets in the way sometimes, you can tell that he truly just wants to help mommy.
I love both of my cats dearly and am always watching out for their health. I love to keep every aspect of their health in tip top shape because I want them to live as long as possible while being as comfortable as possible. This includes paying attention to what they get into. Cats are very mischievous and can get into predicaments often. Outside of this, I am also careful about the treats I feed them. Even if they are homemade treats, they could contain things that are ok for humans but not cats. In fact, some foods can act like poison to them. Here are a few things you should avoid feeding your cat in order to protect them.
Things that cats should avoid eating
I’m not sure a cat would eat this but you never know! Theobromine and caffeine are the specific ingredients in chocolate that are harmful to cats. These ingredients alone can cause seizures or even heart problems, along with other various similar symptoms.
The onion has to be eaten in larger quantity to be overly harmful to cats but it’s still wise to steer clear of feeding it to them in general because all animals react differently. These two items or other items in this family can poison your cat. Yes, it’s that severe.
Any raw meat or any raw foods in general can cause major issues in your cat’s intestines. This can lead to a lack of appetite and vomiting due to fat levels.
Bones from items such as chicken wings or fish can be a huge danger to your cat. These bones are small enough that they can get wedged in a cat’s throat or intestine, causing major damage or blockage.
Some people think it’s funny when a cat or other animals drink alcohol. However, this is dangerous to all animals as intoxication can cause them to die.
I used to feed spoiled food to my pigs all the time and there was never an issue. However, a cat’s system is not built to withstand spoiled foods. Cats can be poisoned by bad food the same we can but it’s harder on their system usually causing issues to rise with various organs.
If you are giving your cat scraps of bread from a sandwich, etc. stop right away. If it contains yeast, you are putting your cat at risk. Yeast can cause a rupture in various portions of the digestive system of a cat.
Yep, you read it right. Milk that is not specifically suited for animal consumption (they make specialized milk for baby animals) can actually cause diarrhea in cats which can also lead to dehydration.
I know this sounds odd but cats love to play with dangling things and often times this includes strings hanging off clothes, etc. Keep an eye on your cat and make sure they are not ingesting the string. This can cause major issues in their intestinal track including getting wrapped around things and pinching them.
Sometimes giving our cat a little bite of what we’re eating isn’t too harmful, however, if you’re like my grandma, you’re consistent about it. Foods high in sugar and fat can cause your animal to become overweight or even develop diabetes. Just like humans, it can also affect their teeth.
Cats are a lot more fragile than humans and their little bodies can’t handle as much as ours can. Take care to feed your cat safe foods that will help it to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Has your cat ever eaten something strange?