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10 Things not to let your cat eat

Updated on August 23, 2017

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Who doesn't love a cute kitten! Its impossible not to like cats and the weird things they do! If you are a cat owner you should be sure to protect your precious gift! Learn what not to have in your house so when you aren't watching the bundle of cuteness, he doesn't get into trouble.


Surprising, I know, but its actually not as good as you would think for cats! This tasty treat can have your cat addicted, but at what cost? Some of the problems known with to much tuna is malnutrition, as it doesn't have the nutrients our cats need. If a cat over eats in tuna he also has the chance to get mercury poison from it. A treat once in a while isn't terrible but it should not be part of their consistent diet.

When I say tuna I do not mean tuna flavored things. I'm talking out of the can tuna. Treats that are tuna flavored are perfectly okay for cats, and they will enjoy it quite a lot!

Milk and Dairy Prodcuts

Everyone always pictures a furry kitten lapping up milk from a small saucer. But this is a misleading food and can cause a "smelly" issue. Kittens are able to drink milk and digest it; but, adults cannot and will often leave your cat with diarrhea and other digestive issues. No one likes a smelly cat, or litter box for that matter.

Grapes and Raisins

Now I'm assuming most of you wouldn't outright feed a cat grapes or raisins but its important to not have grapes around. Curious cats may try to snack on it, but there are possibilities it could choke and grapes and raisins have also been known to cause kidney failure in cats or make them very ill.


This is a big no-no with most animals and although it seems like you would be giving your cat a tasty treat, its more a deadly treat. Surprisingly, most cats wont go out and try to eat chocolate. Chocolate contains a toxic agent called theobromine. Although harmless to humans it can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death to cats.

Candy, Gum, and Toothpaste

These three, baked goods, and diet foods, day to day human foods and treats are terribly bad for you're cat. These products are sweetened with Xylitol which can cause an increase in insulin circulating through your cat's body. This will cause their blood sugar to drop. Along with that there is also live failure.

Symptoms of this may include:

  1. vomiting
  2. lethargy
  3. loss of coordination
  4. Seizures

The problem here is that you may not try to feed your cats these but may accidentally leave them out and when you are gone your curious cat will sneak around and may lick some up.

Fat trimmings and Bones

Often you don't give bones to a cat but if you have a dog and give one to him make sure you're cat doesn't get at it. Fat and bones can both cause upset for a cat. It can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Bones, specifically, can splinter and lacerate or block a passage way.

Raw Eggs

Raw eggs cause two different problems. They cause the same problem that any raw food has, it contains bacteria and E coli. The second problem is that there is a protein in raw egg whites that interferes with the absorption of the vitamin B biotin. This can lead to problems with skin and your cats coat. No one wants to pet a cat with dandruff!

Raw Fish and Meat

Cats love fish right? Well yes. But cooked fish! Raw fish, just like humans, isn't good for them. It can contain bacteria which can cause food poisoning. Also, there is an enzyme in raw fish that destroys thiamine, an essential B vitamin in cats.

Do you feed your cat raw fish or tuna?


Although this isn't an official thing and is more of personal opinion but thought I would share it because its definitely a possibility. Popcorn shells can do the same things to cats as they do to humans. They get stuck in the most annoying places and in cats they could get stuck in their throat hurting it, or even choking them. Just something I thought I would share for you to be extra safe with if you do decide to give your cat popcorn.

Dog Food

I wouldn't hope you are feeding you're poor cat dog food! But sometimes dog owners may find their cat snacking out of the dog dish. Although not terribly bad the food is not formulated the same and isn't a substitute for cat food. Many of the main components of cat food, like protein and certain vitamins, are not in high amounts in dog food! Feed you're cat the right food, trust me he will enjoy it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative lens!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great advice for cat owners!