What not to Feed Your Kitty

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 12th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Back in the day when I was just knee-high to a grasshopper, growing up down on the family farms, we didn’t know that there was anything wrong with feeding our cats and dogs table scraps, we didn’t know that we were slowly poisoning our beloved companions. Back then, I figured if something was good for me to eat, it was good for my little furry companions to eat too, today, I know that’s not true.

Onions and Garlic

Feeding your cats human foods containing onions and/or garlic is a big no-no because onions and garlic causes the destruction of red blood cells in cats and dogs. Cats are much fussier eaters than dogs and won’t eat anything with onions and garlic in it if they can taste the garlic and onions, which makes it easier for me to protect my kitties. I cook with enough onions and garlic to keep a vampire at bay, but I have a friend who has a cat that loves caramelized onions, and tried devour a whole bowl full that was sitting on my kitchen counter. How toxic are garlic and onions, it all depends on the amount consumed, lethargy and a loss of appetite are symptoms of a toxic reaction and an indication that you need to get you fur faced friend to the vet immediately.

Feeding Kitties Raw Eggs is Playing Russian Roulette

Feeding your kitties raw eggs is like playing Russian roulette with a gun loaded with Salmonella, and Salmonella is one of those illnesses that your kitty can pass on to you, likewise, you can pass Salmonella on to you little fur face. The symptoms of Salmonella poisoning varies with the severity of the poisoning but include lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea, if either you or your kitty are exhibiting those symptoms get yourself to the doctor and your kitty to the vet.

Alcohol is Deadly

Alcohol, whether ingested as alcohol or produced in your pet’s stomach as a result of ingesting homemade or store-bought yeast dough in the forms of bread, dinner roll, pizza or pie crusts, and the like. Although most cats and dogs won’t lap up straight whisky, they will be attracted to it if there’s milk or cream mixed with it, such in a White Russian. Again there are exceptions, I once had a collie that drank his whisky straight.

Cats Love Raw Fish

Kitties really love raw fish, but don’t allow them to sate that craving, because, like with raw eggs, ingesting raw fish can lead to food poisoning. Besides being a potential source of food poisoning, raw fish contains a compound that attacks and destroys Thiamine, an essential B1 vitamin, the absence of which can cause serious neurological problems for kitty.

Tuna Fish is Another Problem

Tuna fish doesn’t contain all the essential vitamins and other nutrients that your cat needs and because they will eat it over any other food put for him, it will leave him malnourished. Another problem with too much Tuna is the real problem of mercury poisoning, just as it’s for us human.

Then there’s Chocolate

There’s so much to be said on the subject of chocolate and its toxicity that it deserves an article all its own and I will devote an upcoming article to chocolate poisoning.

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Cat Health, Cat Health Symptoms, Cats, Human Foods, Poison, Poisoning, Table Scraps, Toxicity

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Retired
12th Mar 2015 (#)

How interesting. I knew about chocolate and grapes, but had no idea about the garlic and onions. I've learnt something new today! Thanks for sharing such an informative article. =)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Mar 2015 (#)

I'm pleased that you found my article informative. Thank you for reading and commenting CoffeeQueen.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Jerry. This is an interesting series.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Peter. My goal is to have three or four unrelated series running at the same time here on Wikinut.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Great goal!

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Excellent ... things that I never knew about chocolates.... hmm very good.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Yvette.

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author avatar vpaulose
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Very useful info for feeding the pets, dear brother Jerry.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you vpaulose.

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author avatar Carol Roach
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Great article, it is always good to know what foods cats and dogs can't eat, ketchup or spaghetti sauce is a big one too

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Mar 2015 (#)

jerry , you are a specialist on cats ! I for one don't like cats !

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Mar 2015 (#)

May I ask why you don't like cats?

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author avatar Retired
20th Mar 2015 (#)

great article.
I had no idea it was wrong

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Mar 2015 (#)

You aren't alone David, many people make the mistake of thinking that anything that is good for them to eat is also good for their kitties to eat. Back in the day, everyone fed their kitties table scraps, fortunately they survived, but that doesn't mean that what we fed them in our ignorance didn't shorten their lives significantly.

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author avatar ginaguo
1st Jan 2016 (#)

Sorry, I have a question. What is "a vampire at bay"? I feel so puzzled. Please tell me about it, ok!

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