Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Not to Feed Your Cat

Your cat probably loves to steal bites of chicken or turkey from you. While it may not hurt to feed your cat a small piece of chicken or turkey occasionally, there are many human foods that are toxic to your cat. Please check out the following list to learn which foods never to feed your cat:


Most cats won't eat chocolate, but that doesn't mean you should try to feed it to your cat or leave it out unattended. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that is toxic to cats. Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the most toxic to cats because they contain significant amounts of theobromine. Signs that your cat has ingested chocolate include vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, abnormal heartbeat, seizures or tremors. The ingestion of chocolate can even be fatal to your cat.

Grapes and Raisins

Ingestion of grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure or even death in cats. Early signs of kidney complications may include hyperactivity and vomiting.

Onions, Chives, and Garlic

Onions break down red blood cells, which may lead to anemia in cats if ingested. Garlic and chives can lead to gastrointestinal upset when ingested.


Xylitol is a sweetener used in many products like baked goods, toothpaste, candy, and gum. When it's ingested, xylitol can cause a cat's body to increase its insulin circulation, which can lead to a drop in blood sugar. This drop can then result in liver failure. Signs that your cat has ingested xylitol include lethargy, vomiting, loss of coordination and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure may occur within a few days of xylitol ingestion.

Fat Trimmings and Bones

Fat from meat, either cooked or uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in cats. Cats can choke on bones, and if a bone splinters, it can cause lacerations or an intestinal blockage.

Raw Eggs

Raw eggs may contain salmonella or E. coli. Raw eggs also contain an enzyme that interferes with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin. Inadequate absorption of biotin can lead to skin and coat problems.


Liver is good for your cat in small portions, but feeding your cat too much liver can lead to vitamin A toxicity. Signs of vitamin A toxicity include bone deformities, osteoporosis and bone growths on the spine or elbows. If it's not addressed, vitamin A toxicity can even be fatal.


Most adult cats are actually lactose intolerant. Ingestion of milk or other dairy products can result in gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Dog Food

If your cat accidentally ingests dog food, it shouldn't cause any harm. However, you should not feed your cat dog food on a regular basis. Dog food is formulated for dogs, who have different nutritional needs than cats. Cats who eat dog food on a regular basis will suffer from malnutrition.

There are many foods you shouldn't feed your cats. There are also many things you should feed your cat on a consistent basis. A high-quality cat food will ensure your cat get all the vitamins and nutrients needed for great health.

What Not to Feed Your Dog

There are many foods humans eat that may not be suitable for dogs. Although we want to provide our pets with foods that they love, we also want to be mindful of foods that may cause our dogs to become ill or develop serious health issues. As a loving dog owner, you should know what foods to avoid ever giving to your dog:


For humans, we eat grapes as a low-carb, low-fat snack. However, even a few of these healthy treats can do damage to a dog. Grapes have been known to attack the kidneys in a dog, which can lead to many health issues including death. The first signs of grape toxicity are increased tiredness and vomiting.


Many people love eating avocados, using them to make guacamole or as an addition to a salad. Even though many dogs also love the taste of avocados, this fruit can quickly make your dog sick. Even small traces of avocados can lead to vomiting and lethargy for your dog. When making that fancy guacamole dip, don't let your dog lick the remnants in the bowl because it can cause many health problems.


Like most animals, alcohol has the same effect on dogs as it does on humans. However, vets state that dogs metabolize alcohol at a completely different rate than that of humans. Just a small amount of alcohol can do a great deal of damage to a dog's liver, stomach, and digestive system. Since dogs are innately inquisitive, make sure to place that glass of wine or beer out of reach.

Onions and Garlic

Looking to create a healthy treat for your dog using onions and garlic? Think again, because these two ingredients can really affect your dog’s health. Both of these ingredients have been known to attack the cardiovascular system of a dog. They can prevent an adequate amount of oxygen from traveling through the blood and can even cause red blood cells to break. On a regular basis, both of these items can lead to many health issues including anemia. For your dog, it is best to stay away from both onions and garlic.

Peaches and Plums

Both of these items can be a great way for humans to receive nutrients. However, remember that the pits of both of these fruits contain cyanide, a substance that can poison your dog. If you really would like to feed your dog a peach or a plum, just give him or her the fruit only and throw away the pit immediately. However, that can be labor intensive, and there are plenty of healthy dog treats that don’t have a pit.

When looking to provide healthy treats for your dog, remember that there are certain foods that are poisonous. Avoid the above foods to prevent any health complications within your dog. There are also many more foods, such as chocolate and nuts that should be avoided, so make sure you talk to your vet and investigate all of the appropriate food options for a dog.