5 foods you shouldn’t feed your cat

Many cats are very picky eaters and therefore less likely to be interested in certain human foods than dogs.

  • Onion and garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Moldy or spoiled food
  • raw dough
  • boiled bones

Because a cat’s digestive system is different from a human’s, some foods can be very toxic and even deadly to them.

Consider foods that should never be given to cats.

If a cat accidentally swallows any of these, emergency veterinary treatment may be required and a veterinarian should be contacted immediately.

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Onion and garlic

All members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, chives, etc.) contain a compound that can damage a cat’s red blood cells if she consumes large amounts of it. Some are more toxic than others, and cooking does not destroy the toxin.

While most cats probably wouldn’t eat raw onions or garlic, even foods containing small traces can be dangerous. A special caution applies to baby food, which is often used to attract sick cats to food. Some contain onion powder for flavor, so read labels carefully.


Even though cats don’t like sweet things, some cats eat chocolate along with cookies, candy, or other treats.

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. The darker the chocolate, the higher the theobromine levels.

Moldy or spoiled food

Some molds can release a variety of toxins that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and neurological symptoms in a cat.

raw dough

Live yeast dough can be extremely dangerous for cats. The stomach provides an ideal environment for yeast to thrive.

This will cause the test to expand in the stomach, which can be strong enough to cut off blood flow to the stomach wall and affect breathing.

It can also lead to rupture of the stomach. As the yeast metabolizes the sugar in the dough, alcohol is produced, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

boiled bones

Nibbling on raw bones can be a great way for a cat to keep their teeth clean, but never give them boiled bones as they can break and cause intestinal perforation.

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