Cats are particularly sensitive in terms of feeding, here are some practical tips that can avoid an emergency visit to the veterinarian since certain foods could have serious consequences on the health of the cats.
Some foods that are normally edible for humans, or sometimes for dogs, can present great health risks in cats, because their metabolism is very different.
These foods can cause minor digestive problems but can also cause serious illness and death.
The foods listed below are part of the list of those that should not be consumed by cats.
– Alcohol: It can cause intoxication, coma and death of the animal.
– Bones: fish (spines) of birds or some other animal. It can cause an intestinal obstruction or a laceration of the digestive system. It can also cause intestinal occlusions are often treated by surgical intervention.
– Canned tuna (normally used for human consumption): In large quantities can cause malnutrition, since the cat does not have an adequate level of vitamins or minerals.
– Chocolate: Chocolate is highly toxic since its high content of theobromine causes cardiac arrhythmias, diarrhea, vomiting, coma and in some cases, death.
– Coffee, tea and other sources of caffeine: They contain caffeine, theobromine and other substances that cause vomiting and diarrhea. It can cause damage to the heart and your nervous system.
– Lemon: May cause vomiting due to the acidity of the product.
– Dog food: In case of accidental ingestion it will not cause any problem. But if your cat is fed regularly with dog food can suffer from malnutrition and develop heart disease.
– Fatty foods: They can cause pancreatitis.
– Fish: raw, preserved or cooked: If your cat is fed exclusively or regularly with these products he may have a thiamine deficiency *. This lack of vitamin B1 leads to a loss of appetite, it can bring the presence of attacks of epilepsy and the most serious cases, death.
– Food supplements for humans that contain iron: They can damage the mucosa of the digestive system and can be toxic to other organs such as the liver and kidneys.
– Milk and milk products: Certain adult cats (dogs too) can develop episodes of diarrhea when they consume dairy products. The intestinal flora of the cat is sensitive and the bacteria present in milk become less and less assimilable with age. Contrary to what is said and although the cat seems to like milk, you should not drink milk and even less, in the adultes.
– Damaged or expired food: Causing diarrhea, vomiting and damage to some organs.
– Mushrooms: Contain toxins that affect various systems in the cat’s body.
– Onions and garlic (raw, cooked or powdered): They can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
– Raw eggs: Contain an enzyme called Avidin that decreases the absorption of Biotin (a B vitamin) which causes skin and fur problem. Raw eggs may contain a bacteria called Salmonella.
– Raw meat: May contain bacteria such as Salmonella, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. In large quantities it can cause intoxication causing the death of the cat.
– Salt: Can cause obstruction of the urethra (urinary stones).
– Sugars: They cause obesity, dental problems and eventually diabetes.
– Remains or leftovers of food: The remains of the food are generally not balanced since they are constituted by waste. Waste that you do not consume yourself. Almost always composed of fats and bones.
– Tobacco: Contains Nicotine that causes damage to the digestive and nervous system. It can cause brutal accelerations in the heart rate, fainting, coma and in the end, death.
– Sausages: (sausages, ham, mortadella): They contain high amounts of salt and fats, which could cause pancreatitis.
– Yeast: Causes gases in the digestive system causing severe pain and sometimes intestinal breakage.
– Avocados: Its high content of fat, especially in the pulp causes cat pancreatitis and serious stomach disorders.
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