Alcohol has the same effect on a cat's liver and brain as it does to people but it takes far less to see the consequences. As small as a teaspoon can cause a coma in a cat and it can easily cause severe liver or liver damage. The higher the proof of alcohol, the worse the symptoms are.
Although most cats won't eat chocolate by themselves, you should not make an effort to try to feed it to your cat. Chocolate includes theobromine, a compound found in all chocolate including white chocolate, which can be poisonous to cats. Eating chocolate can trigger abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and sometimes even death. Dark and semisweet chocolate are the most hazardous.
Together with chocolate, coffee contains caffeine.
Fat Trimmings and Bones:
Do not feed your cat table scraps. Fat, when cooked or uncooked, can cause intestinal problems, vomiting, diarrhea, or pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas). Cats can choke on bones and also the bones can splinter and cause an obstruction or even internal lacerations. You should also never give them anything that's as hard as or harder than their teeth because it can result in dental cracks.
This includes raw, canned, and cooked fish. You can get away with small amounts of fish but if fed in large quantities your cat can create a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency that leads to lack of appetite, seizures, and possibly passing. The exception for this is if the fish has been made into cat food. Most good cat foods manufacturers are supplemented with thiamine are just nice.
Grapes and Raisins:
Although it isn't known what makes grapes and raisins toxic, they could cause kidney failure. Even a small amount can make a cat ill and make them repeatedly vomit and be hyperactive.
Like grapes and raisins, it isn't known what makes macadamia nuts toxic.
Surprisingly many cats are lactose-intolerant, so it's ideal to be safe and prevent any dairy product.
Some kinds of mushrooms contain toxins which can affect multiple systems in the human body and cause shock or result in death. Even the onion powder that's in some baby foods is bad for cats. Onion, together with garlic and chives, can also cause gastrointestinal upset.
Raw eggs and meat:
Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin, which reduces the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin) and can lead to skin, hair, and coat problems. Raw eggs can also include Salmonella or other parasites. Raw meat can contain Salmonella and E. coli which can lead to nausea and vomiting.
Spicy foods, such as candy and gum, are often sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is notorious for raising insulin production which causes blood sugar levels to fall. Even when the sugary food does not include xylitol it may still lead to obesity, dental problems, and even diabetes. This can lead to pain and a potential flow of the stomach or intestines. Additionally, when the yeast causes the dough to rise, it creates alcohol that can result in alcohol poisoning.
Foreign items such as toys, soft rubberized items, stringy objects (ribbon, yarn, tinsel), coins, and medicine are a greater danger to cats than meals. Aspirin, Tylenol, and Motrin are highly toxic and a single tablet could be lethal. If you suspect that your cat ate some of these foods, then first attempt to determine exactly what and how much he or she ate. You should then call us or your veterinarian to see if medical care is needed.
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