As cat lovers we know how important it is for cat parents to keep their beloved balls of fur happy and healthy. Unfortunately, there are some things in our everyday environment, like certain foods and additives that we as well informed cat parents should be aware of. In our continued efforts to keep you informed, we thought we would share with some more foods to be aware of:
Excess fat trimmings, which can be found on certain cuts of meat as well as bones, can cause intestinal upset in addition vomiting and diarrhea in your kitty. No matter how much your cat seems to be salivating over that last bit of fat left on your plate, keep fluffy away from it.
Sweets with Xylitol
Xylitol is an ingredient found in toothpaste and many candies and gum and can be quite dangerous for your cat. When ingested, xylitol causes insulin levels in your cat to spike, which causes your cat’s blood sugar to drop. Sadly, what can occur is liver failure. Cats who have ingested xylitol may vomit, have seizures, and be lethargic and lose coordination.
Like Canines, you might find that your kitty likes a flavorful bone. Unfortunately, that same tasty bone can cause a problem for kitty because bones have been known to splinter and may get caught inside of your cat’s gastrointestinal tract or even splinter and cause damage to your cat’s mouth and throat. Best rule of thumb, keep bones away from your kitty and watch out for tiny fish bones leftover from dinner. Cats can be very resourceful when they catch the scent of fish. In other words, climbing into a garbage can is not beneath Fluffy.
Don’t laugh, we know it sounds like a no-brainer – but your little bundle of fur should really avoid dog food. The reasoning behind this is pretty simple. Your cat can become malnourished. To elaborate, cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements. For example, cats require more protein than dogs. As a result, their food is formulated with more protein in addition to other nutrients. So when in doubt, give fluffy a high quality cat food.
The yeast in raw bread dough, which needs warmth and moisture to rise, makes it hazardous to cats. Why? Because a cat’s stomach, which is warm and moist, provides the perfect environment for the bread dough to rise. If this occurs the stomach becomes distended and it can cut off blood flow to the stomach. Difficulty breathing may occur. Scarier still is the fact that when the yeast expands it creates alcohols, which can cause alcohol poisoning to your cat and thus be toxic and potentially fatal.
If you suspect that your cat may have ingested any foods that are included above and you are concerned, call your vet immediately.