05/31/2017 | Cat life
|All that is good for you is not good for your cat. This principle is particularly true with regard to food. Since felines have a metabolism different from ours, some of our foods can indeed prove to be dangerous for them and cause them digestive disorders or even severe poisoning. Vigilance must therefore be in order, whether it be in terms of any "treats" to give to your cat or food lying around in the kitchen or on the table at the end of the meal. Here are the main foods you should be wary of.|
Chocolate ou coffee: poison for your cat
If you have a cat be very careful during holidays, especially at Christmas or Easter, to put away chocolate out of reach. This food, although delicious for us, can indeed prove fatal for the cat if ingested in large quantities (200 mg per kilo) and dangerous at lower doses. Chocolate, and more particularly the cocoa it contains (more present in dark chocolate), is indeed rich in theobromine: a molecule likely to affect the cardiac and nervous system of your animal.
Careful with onions and avocado
You may have a very greedy cat, who asks for a little food as soon as he sees you eat. Be careful of the foods you can give it, especially if they contain onion. In fact, it contains, as (to a lesser extent) garlic and chives, organosulfoxides: molecules that cause oxidative stress in cats and can attack its red blood cells (causing a risk of poisoning or anaemia).
Avoid unsuitable diets
Certain foods, although less harmful for your cat, will also affect his health if eaten too much or on the long term. For example milk, although this may be surprising, which contains lactose which can be poorly digested or cause allergies in adult felines. Raw fish, if consumed by your cat in excessive quantities, can also be bad: most species of fish contain large amounts of thiaminase, a vitamin B-degrading enzyme that can lead to deficiencies in the cat.
Food poisoning in the cat most often results in diarrhoea or vomiting, which occurs just after or within hours of ingesting the problem food. But certain conditions may appear more slowly (in the case of deficiencies for example). If you notice digestive problems, but also a behaviour change in your cat, contact your veterinarian who can tell you how to react.