Nutrition is very important to our kitties! The right kind of food can make your cat very healthy while the wrong kind can make your pet ill.
PetMD shared the three kinds of food which humans should never share with cats. These types of food can make a cat very sick and could even lead to death.
Food ingredients which belong to the Allium genus such as chives, garlic, onions and leeks are dangerous for cats. These kinds of food contain organic sulphur compounds which can cause cellular damage on cats. Allium poisoning symptoms are depression, yellow skin and mucous membranes, dark urine, breathing difficulty, weakness, fatigue and also sensitivity to cold. Allium poisoning treatments include induced vomiting, activated charcoal treatment, blood transfusion and even oxygen therapy.
Grapes and raisins are also very dangerous for cats. They can cause 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 taken to a vet immediately. According to Cats Can, treatments include induced vomiting and activated charcoal treatment.
Last on the list is the one and only, chocolate. This food contains methylxanthines which 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 more than likely be performed by the vet for poisoned cat.
According to The Huffington Post, cats should be provided with more protein in their diet since they are carnivores. Cats should also be given low carbohydrate diets because their bodies are not well-equipped to process and excess of carbohydrates in food which can result in gastrointestinal diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.