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Don't Put These Foods on Your Cat's Menu

Updated on April 16, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

Be careful what you feed your cat.
Be careful what you feed your cat.

What Cats Shouldn't Eat

I recently wrote the article "Don't Put These Foods on Your Dog's Menu."Then someone commented that I should write an article about foods cats shouldn't eat. So here is the article as requested "Don't Put Foods on Your Cat's Menu." Hopefully, no one will request an article for parrots, goldfish, or gerbils. However, if they do request one, I will accommodate them.

Just because you can eat it and it poses no harm to you, it does not mean that your pets can eat it. You cannot feed some foods to your cat that you eat yourself. You cannot feed some foods to your cat that you feed to your dog. Humans, dogs, and cats all have different metabolism.

While this list does not include every food that should not be on your cat's menu, here are some that you should think twice about before putting on your cat's menu.

Do not give baby food to your cat.
Do not give baby food to your cat.

Baby Food

If you can feed it to your baby, wouldn't you think you could feed it to your cats? Not so!

Baby food contains onion powder, which can be toxic if fed to your cat over an extended period of time. Feeding your cat baby food in large amounts over time can also result in nutritional deficiencies.

Caffeine in Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Just as you wouldn't put coffee, tea, and chocolate on your dog's menu, do not put them on your cat's menu for the same reasons. They contain theobromine, a methylxanthine derivative that could cause a cat to urinate more frequently than usual, vomit, have diarrhea and seizures.

Refrain from giving your cat caffeine in any form. No alcoholic beverage including beer, liquor, wine, and foods containing alcohol should be given to your cat.

Giving your cat milk or dairy products could cause your cat to get diarrhea.
Giving your cat milk or dairy products could cause your cat to get diarrhea.

Dairy Products and Milk

This may be hard to understand, but too much milk and dairy products could cause an adult dog and cat to have diarrhea.

The understanding is that you can give your cat some milk but not too much.

Dog Food

If you have a cat and a dog, be careful not to mix up their foods. If you accidentally make the mistake once, there is nothing to worry about, but if this continues, it will cause diseases affecting your cat's heart.

Do not feed your cat grapes
Do not feed your cat grapes

Grapes, Raisins, and Currants

While you are putting your groceries away when you first get home from the grocery store and your cat is meowing for something to eat, you might be tempted to take a grape and give it to your cat to keep him quiet until you have time to feed him properly.

Think twice about this because there are toxins in grapes, raisins, and currants that could cause your cat to vomit, have diarrhea and they could affect the cat's heart and nervous system.

Your cat can't eat what you, your baby or your dog eat. Be care what you feed your cat.
Your cat can't eat what you, your baby or your dog eat. Be care what you feed your cat.

Macadamia Nuts and Butter

An unknown toxic is in macadamia nuts and butter that may cause harm and even death to your cat. Be careful not to feed those to your cat.

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic are two things that contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage red blood cells.

Onions and garlic should not be fed to either your cat or dog. However, cats are more susceptible to those than dogs.

You know about keeping medicine away from children. Also, keep your medicine out of reach of your cat.
You know about keeping medicine away from children. Also, keep your medicine out of reach of your cat.


Just as you would keep your medicine away from your children, also keep your medicine about from your pets.

Your vitamin supplement could cause much damage to your pet's digestive system and be toxic to the liver and kidneys.

Salt and Sugar

If salt is eaten in large quantities, it can cause an imbalance in your dog or cat.

Like with humans and dogs, too much sweet can cause your cat to be obese. Not only that, but sugary foods can cause dental problems and diabetes in pets.

Yeast Dough

Dough with yeast in it can expand in your cat's abdomen and produce gas in the digestive system. This is dangerous because it could cause rupture of the stomach and/or intestines.

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