Coffee, onion, fish guts and salt are prohibited foods for felines, since they destroy their red blood cells and cause them diarrhea, poisoning and may even death
- Author: By EROSKI CONSUMER
- Last update: June 22, 2016
Coffee, salt, sugar, onion and fish guts are dangerous foods for cats. These prohibited foods cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems in cats and, in the worst case, poisoning and death of the animal. They are indicated below. eight dangerous foods for cats, foods that can cause serious health problems to the pussycat. Some of them? Milk for intolerant cats and chocolate. Also included the precautions to keep in mind when feeding the cat. And is that cats have more problems than dogs to eliminate the toxins they eat. This explains why it is so important to be especially careful with your diet and avoid foods that cause health problems.
1. Dangerous cat food: fish viscera
Myths about food that the cat likes encourages mistakes with respect to its feeding that can cost very expensive. It is the case of the belief that it is a fish animal by nature.
In this statement there is part of the truth, "because the cat is carnivorous and, therefore, the fish likes it and must be part of its diet, along with other foods," explains Sandra Garcinuñez, of the Feline Protection Association.
The unknown part about the cat that eats fish is that too many viscera of this raw meat can cause paralysis or muscle stiffness (called Chastek paralysis). The reason is that they contain a component that destroys vitamin B1, "whose lack causes paralysis in the cat's muscles," says Juan Antonio Aguado, a veterinarian.
Other danger to the cat that eats fish are the thorns, which can cause perforations in the esophagus and intestinal obstructions. In addition, it should be remembered that raw fish has a parasite called anisakis, which can cause stomach discomfort in the cat.
2. Dangerous seasoning for cats: salt
A cat should eat little salt to avoid clusters of saline remains in the kidney that cause urinary problems. The specific foods for them contain the right proportion of salt, but if the owner wants to offer some culinary extra in a timely manner, it is recommended ham or turkey low in salt.
The cat with cardiovascular problems should always avoid salt to keep his disease under control.
3. Milk for the cat: in a small quantity>
Milk and fish are foods that are associated with the cat's diet, but can be harmful
Milk is associated with the feline as a food that he likes and feels good. However it is not always so. "He cat that has lactose intolerance and ingesting milk can suffer diarrhea, "says Manuel Lázaro, veterinarian.
However, there are felines to whom this food suits them, but it is advisable to offer it in small quantities and sporadically.
4. Dangerous vegetable for felines: onion
Onions, chives and leeks they contain thiosulfate, a component that causes the destruction of red blood cells in the cat, which is also known as hemolytic anemia.
Another part of this vegetable that is toxic to you is the green shoots (similar to stems) that grow on it.
6. Dangerous cat food: chicken bones
Chicken bones are dangerous for the cat because their ingestion can cause damage to the intestine, such as perforations or obstructions. If you offer chicken, it is best to make it cooked and boneless.
A healthy alternative? Prepare a homemade recipe with chicken for cats, moisturizing and rich for the summer!
8. Coffee and tea: very exciting for cats
A cat that ingests exciting substances, such as those containing coffee or tea, may be disturbed or nervous. The feline lacks the ability of other animals, such as dogs, to eliminate toxic substances that accumulate in their liver, so that a cat that drinks caffeine or theine will further accuse the exciting properties of these substances in their body, since It will take longer to remove them from your body.
Cat feeding: precautions
The tuna the cat likes it for its unctuous and tasty texture, but it is a meat that lacks a substance called taurine, an essential amino acid for the proper functioning of feline metabolism.
The plants that are in the houses are mostly toxic to the cat. You have to be especially careful with lilies, rhododendrons, oleanders, the one known as poinsettia, ivy or holly. Cats are elastic and skilled climbers, so you have to be careful not to have access to these plants that can pose a serious danger to your health.
A thin feline, weighing between two and three kilos, can be endangered with eat a small amount of a food that is not your usual feed, like three olives: it is as if he ingested triple that amount due to its size, so it can cause diarrhea or vomiting.
Self-medicate the cat is counterproductive to its health. This is the case of acetylsalicylic acid and acetaminophen, components that it is difficult for the feline liver to eliminate, so the animal may be intoxicated.
1. Tuna and raw fish
After spending all our childhood watching cartoons in which the biggest delicacy of cats was fish, the first thing we do when one of these pussies enters our lives is to run to buy some fish, or maybe one tuna fish
It is true that they are carnivorous animals and that fish love them and can be part of their diet without problems, but you have to take a few factors into account.
On the one hand, it is important to be very careful with the fish, since in its state raw can contain harmful bacteria for the animal, but that's not all, it also contains a enzyme that destroys the vitamin B1, essential for the proper development of the cat's organism.
In addition, the fish bones can cause tears inside the animal, so it is not advisable to give them a raw fish without more, but a little cooked fish or, even better, specific food for them that contains the nutrients of this food, not including the harmful factors.
Ok, but what about the canned tuna? It has no spines and, being preserved, it can lack harmful components, right? Well, the answer to this question is in the dose, since, while it is true that small amounts of this food will not harm the cat, abusing it can cause them mercury poisoning. And nobody wants that for their kitten.
Milk is another one of those foods that we assume they are goodWell, if they take it when their mother breastfeeds them, it means they tolerate it well.
Again we are facing a big mistake, as was the case with dogs, since, like them, most cats are lactose intolerant, so continuing to drink milk after weaning can cause them annoying digestive problems.
That does not mean that we necessarily have to deprive them of it, since it is a food that they like very much, but it would be advisable to give them lactose-free variants diluted in water.
2. Cats consume dry and wet feed
Some owners prefer to give them those “sachets” of wet food and others leave dry feed in their feeder. Both meet the nutritional requirements that the animal needs at any stage of its life. It would be advisable to combine both types of food, especially to not get used to it and to reject the other when we do not have the usual one.
3. Chocolate and coffee
These two foods, as in the case of dogs, are dangerous due to their content in caffeine and theobromine, the second being a precursor of the first.
Both are vegetable alkaloids that, taken with moderationdo not result harmful for human beings, but they are highly toxic for dogs and cats, because they negatively affect your systems nervous and cardiac
In addition, the case of cats is even more worrisome than in dogs, since they metabolize these substances slower, so they are more time acting on your body.
3. Cats eat when they want
We cannot force you to eat when we consider it time for dinner or lunch. The cats are so independent that even they choose the right time to feed.
The good news is that They manage their food and only ingest what they need energetically speaking. If you leave home in the morning and return in the afternoon, do not forget to fill the feeder before leaving.
4. Onion and garlic
Again we are facing a food that affects in the same way to dogs and cats. And, both onion and garlic have substances that act over the blood of the animal breaking his red blood cells and leading to a disorder known as hemolytic anemia, which led to the extreme could even cause them death.
4. Cats also drink water
Like any mammal, the cat needs to hydrate through food and drink. If you give it only dry feed, then you will have to fulfill your need for water through another container (which should always be clean and full). If you eat wet food, you may hardly taste the water, but you must also offer it.
5. Raw eggs
The effect of raw eggs on cats is similar to that of uncooked fish, since they contain avidina, a substance that prevents the absorption of vitamin B, leading to similar consequences.
5. Cats eat according to their age and stage
The nutritional needs of felines vary depending on age. From 5 to 40 weeks requires between 30 and 80 grams of food a day, from 1 to 6 years of age, the intake ranges from 40 to 130 grams, and when it is more than 7 years, from 30 to 135 grams.
6. Grapes and raisins
Although the effect of this food on dogs is better known, it can lead to similar symptoms in cats, so in some cases it can lead to insufficiency, both hepatic and renal.
When we were little we drew Dogs and cats We used to represent the first with a bone in the mouth and the second with a fish.
However, when we grow up, when we have one of these animals with us, we try to give them both bones equally, without thinking about negative consequences that these can lead to both, not for their nutritional value, but for the possibility that they splinter and produce perforations in your digestive system.
8. Sweets and goodies
Yes, we love them and consider them a pleasure too exquisite to deprive them of our beloved pets, but in reality we are not doing them any good with it.
On the one hand, most of goodies or goodies They contain high amounts of sugar, which, like us, can cause diseases such as type II diabetes. The main problem is that in your case the doses for this to happen are much lower than in ours, so it is a thousand times better to be cautious and avoid as much as possible give them these foods.
In addition, some of them contain a sweetener, called xylitol, which is very toxic for both dogs and cats
9. Dog food
Sometimes we get our pets to exceed the hate barrier between dogs and cats and that they live in love and company, without fighting or creating problems.
Both run around the house together, take a nap with each other and even eat together. But here is the problem. If I spend one person's food can I feed it with the other's? This is a more common practice than it seems and the truth is that it is not appropriate, because cats have some superior nutritional needs to those of dogs, so taking their furry partner's food often can cause them a worrying nutritional deficiency.
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Unlike dogs and humans, cats are not omnivorous animals but carnivores. Hence, there are certain foods that not only are not accustomed but can not process properly. Something to which you must add the characteristics of your liver, which is less effective in eliminating certain toxins.
Therefore, if you do not want to put your pussycat's health at risk, there are 8 prohibited foods for cats You shouldn't feed him.
1. Fruits such as grapes, oranges, grapefruits, avocados or lemons
Grapes and raisins can affect the kidney of the cat if consumed in large quantities, although they can also cause physical discomfort and diarrhea in small quantities. Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges and grapefruits also cause diarrhea and stomach upset. In the case of lemons, its essential oil is especially dangerous. For its part the avocados have Persina, a fungicidal substance that is toxic to cats.
2. Vegetables such as onion, garlic, potato or tomato
In high and repeated doses, he thiosulfate of the onion, garlic, shallots, leeks or chives it can destroy the red blood cells and cause anemia.
Though the potato itself is not harmful to cats, especially if cooked, green shoots, leaves and stem can be toxic. This is due to a toxin called solanine which is also harmful to humans. Luckily it disappears when the potatoes are boiled.
The tomato, which also shares family (Solanaceae) with potatoes, also has solanine although its main toxic component for cats is the tomatina. This component is found mainly in green tomatoes, leaves and stems but decreases as the vegetable matures.
That said, vegetables are prohibited foods for cats since, unlike humans or other mammals, they have an intestinal tract too short to digest the vegetable.
7. Fish with bones or meat with small bones
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It is not that they have any toxic substance for these animals but their size and pointed shape may cause damage to the digestive system if the animal swallows them. In the case of giving them meat or fish, it must be always cooked and without salt.
8. Alcohol, drugs or any type of stimulant
Drugs, both stimulants and relaxants, are especially dangerous for the health of cats. Alcohol can cause from urinary incontinence to death. Marijuana is also especially toxic. Not to mention that Caffeine and theine can excite our cat to harmful levels.
If you want to give him some food human Your cat is best to opt for meats such as chicken or turkey, fish rich in Omega 3. Yes, always well cooked in the case of being fresh food. In the case of tuna, feline consumption is preferable to human consumption, since ours lacks taurine. Cooked rice is also a good option, although it is best to use food prepared specifically for cats.