Cat Nutrition: 3 Kinds Of Food You Should Never Share With Cats

Nutrition is very important to your pet cat. The right kind of food can make your cat very healthy while the wrong kind can make your pet very sick.

PetMD shared the three kinds of food that humans should never share with cats. These types of food can make a cat very ill and could even cause its death.

Food ingredients that belong to the Allium genus such as chives, garlic, onions and leeks are dangerous for cats. These kinds of food contain organic sulphur compounds that can cause cellular damage on cats. Allium poisoning symptoms are depression, yellow skin and mucous membranes, dark urine, breathing difficulty, weakness, fatigue and sensitivity to cold. Allium poisoning treatments include induced vomiting, activated charcoal treatment, blood transfusion and oxygen therapy.

Grapes and raisins are also dangerous for cats. Kidney failure, vomiting, loose stools, lethargy, excessive thirst and urination are some of the effects of feeding grapes and raisins to cats. Cats who have eaten grapes or raisins should be immediately taken to a vet. According to Cats Can, treatments include induced vomiting and activated charcoal treatment.

Last on the list is chocolate. This food contains methylxanthines that can cause diarrhea, seizures, vomiting and even death. "Inducing vomiting and/or giving activated charcoal to the cat are options when treatment can be initiated within a few hours of ingesting a potentially dangerous amount of chocolate," the article shared. Management of each symptom as well as the administration of intravenous fluids will be performed by the vet for poisoned cat.

According to Huffington Post, cats should be provided with more protein in their diet since their bodies are designed to be carnivores. Cats should also be given low carbohydrate diets because their bodies are not well-equipped to process too much carbohydrate in food which can result in gastrointestinal diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

 

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