As a cat parent, you try to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. Just like dogs, there are certain food that cats should never be fed, and knowing what they are can help you keep your kitty healthy!

They say “Curiosity killed the cat” and in this case it could be true. If your mischievous cat gets into the wrong food, it could lead to serious issues and maybe even death. That is why it is so important to make sure your cat cannot get into anything that is bad for them.

If you cat does end up getting into harmful foods, contact Hillsdale Animal Hospital. We offer emergency care services that can help your cat if anything ever happens. We want to make sure your furry friend is taken care of, you knowing what foods to avoid giving them can help keep them safe and healthy!

Alcohol

Cats (and dogs) should never be given alcohol or food containing alcohol. Cats are affected by alcohol the same way humans are, but it takes much less to do some damage. According to WebMD, two teaspoons of whiskey can cause a coma in a five-pound cat. One more teaspoon could kill it. The higher the proof the alcohol is, the worse the symptoms will be.

Milk

Milk is something that everyone wants to feed their cat. All the movies show cats drinking milk and there is just something adorable about the way the tiny milk droplets stick to the fur around their mouth, like a mini milk mustache. But most cats are lactose-intolerant, especially once they become adults. Consuming milk and other dairy products may cause digestive problems, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are another food to never give your cat. These foods can cause kidney failure in cats. A small amount can make your cat ill and may lead to vomiting and hyperactivity. Be sure to keep raisins and grapes in places that your cat cannot get to them, so off countertops and tables.

Chocolate

Like dogs, chocolate can be really bad for cats. In fact, it can be lethal. Cats are not likely to eat chocolate on their own, so don’t be the one to feed it to them as a treat, it could kill your kitty. Chocolate is toxic because of the theobromine. The most dangerous kinds of chocolate include dark and unsweetened baking chocolate. Other effects of chocolate include abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, and seizures.

Dog Food

If you think you are saving money by feeding your cat and dog the same food, you may be causing harm. Cat food is specially formulated for a cat’s needs, including more protein, vitamins, and fatty acids. If your cat is eating dog food, they may become severely malnourished.

Caffeine

Coffee, tea, and energy drinks that contain caffeine can be harmful to your cat. It may cause them to become restless, speed up their breathing, heart palpitations, and cause muscle tremors. Too much caffeine could be fatal to your cat. Caffeine can be found in chocolate, soda, and medicine as well. Be aware of what you are leaving on your countertops and what your cat may have access to.

Tuna

You may think that feeding your cat tuna meant for people is not different than feeding them their tuna cat food, but it is not. Human tuna may cause digestive problems even when you just feed them a small amount. According to PetMD, feeding them tuna for people on a regular basis may even cause a painful condition called steatitis, which is inflammation of the body’s fat.

When it comes to feeding your cat people food, you need to be aware of what could cause them harm. You don’t want to accidentally feed them something and have it affect their health! It is also important to make sure you leave nothing on the counter that could hurt them, cats tend to explore every surface of your home, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you cat does happen to get into something they shouldn’t have, contact Hillsdale Animal Hospital, we can help you figure out what to do. We offer emergency care services, but if we can’t help your pet, be sure to contact Pet Poison Helpline. Their number can be found on our Emergency Care page. Keep your cat safe! Knowing these foods can help.