Garfield is a cartoon cat with a love of lasagna, but realistically lasagna is not a food you want to be feeding your cat on a regular basis. The same goes for pizza and other other dishes that may contain amounts of garlic and onions, as both of these substances are toxic to cats.
While a trip to the emergency room is unlikely just because Sir Pounce-a-lot nibbled your pizza, it is best to keep these things well away from the feline members of your family. Eating a clove of garlic, or a green onion will likely cause digestive upset. Eating onions on a regular basis will lead to anemia.
Other human foods that may be hazardous to your pet include alcohol, chocolate, coffee, tea, energy drinks, dairy products, fat trimming, raw meat, eggs and fish, grapes and raisins, tuna, xylitol, and of course, bones, especially small ones that a cat can choke on.
Alcohol can cause sever liver and brain damage, and as little as a tablespoon can lead to problems. Alcohol is for humans to enjoy, it's not for your cat.
Chocolate contains theobromine, and dark chocolate and unsweetened cooking chocolate contains excessive amounts of it. Theobromine can cause heart problems in felines, muscle tremors, and seizures. Cats can't taste "sweet", so they've not need for a chocolate treat.
Also, Chocolate contains caffeine as does coffee, tea, many popular sodas, and energy drinks. Caffeine can cause more than just restlessness in your feline friend. It could lead to rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors.
While dairy products have long been associated with cats, some are lactose intolerant, and consuming dairy products can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. "Whisker's Cat milk" or "Catsip" is available at many pet shops and it is lactose free dairy treat that most cats love. So if you want to treat Mr. Fluffypants to a bowl of milk, be sure to make it lactose free milk.
Too much fat is not good for any animal, but in the case of cats, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and lead to a painful condition called pancreatitis. As for raw eggs, raw meat and raw fish...while cats do eat these in nature, they carry a risk of Salmonella or E. Coli, and it is much, much better to serve your pet properly prepared food and save yourself the heartache, and the vet bills. Tuna can carry methylmercury, a known neurotoxin. In small doses it does not pose a threat to humans, but cats are much smaller than humans, so the dose can build up much quicker. While I know some people will give their cats a bit of tuna sandwich or tuna from a can for treat, it should not be fed on a regular basis.
Cats will rarely eat grapes or raisins. However they can lead to acute kidney failure, and it's best not to risk your cat's health. Ditto with Xyliotl. This is an artificial sweetener that is used in sugar-free food. While the jury is still out on how great a risk it poses to cats, it can cause a sever drop in blood sugar in dogs, leading to seizures, convulsions, or even death following liver failure. Check to make sure that foods Do NOT contain this ingredient before sharing them with puss.
You should, for the most part, only feed cat food to your cat. Human food, if given, should be fed in small bits and ONLY as a treat. Personally, I don't give mine table scraps at all, for treats they get Temptations. While this doesn't stop them from trying to wheedle table food out of me, it does give me peace of mind, and keeps my cats healthy (if not entirely happy).
On a side note, processed fish of all kinds contains a high level of ash. If your cat is at risk for Urinary Tract Disease, you should eliminate all fish from their diet. High ash is one of the main reasons for urinary tract blockage. (I also recommend getting rid of "clumping" cat litters and going with clay or a natural solution, like the original Feline Pine litter.)
if you suspect your cat many have ingested a toxic food, make a note of what and how much and contact your vet. In some cases, care must be immediate. For more information on pet toxins, visit www.petpoisonhelpline.com
As always, thanks for reading and have a marvelous #Caturday !