What cats cannot eat

17th February 2022

What cats cannot eat

What can’t cats eat?

There are lots of tasty human foods that can make your cat very ill. Any food not specifically designed for cats can affect the digestive system, causing vomiting, diarrhoea, or loss of appetite.

Foods that cats can’t eat include:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Tea, coffee and energy drinks
  • Cheese and milk
  • Fat trimmings
  • Raw eggs, raw meat and raw fish
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic
  • Xylitol

Find out more about the dangers these foods pose to cats in our list of foods cats can’t eat below.

My cat’s eaten poisonous food, what should I do?

If you suspect your cat has eaten human food poisonous to cats try to determine how much she may have eaten and contact your vet for advice. If it’s out of hours, find your nearest emergency vet here.

In some cases, small quantities may not cause a problem but larger quantities may require urgent treatment.

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What cats cannot eat

1. Alcohol

As little as a tablespoon of alcohol can lead to problems for your cat. It can cause severe liver and brain damage.

2. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine. While this bitter-tasting stimulant is found in all forms, it’s most concentrated in dark and unsweetened chocolate. Ingestion can cause heart problems, muscle tremors, or seizures. Chocolate also contains caffeine.

What cats cannot eat

3. Coffee, tea and energy drinks

These contain caffeine — it can cause your cat to become restless, suffer from rapid breathing, heart palpitations and muscle tremors.

4. Cheese and milk

Perhaps surprisingly, dairy products are high on the list of what can cats not eat. This is because some cats are lactose intolerant so if they eat dairy products it can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

5. Fat trimmings, raw meat, raw eggs and raw fish

Can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or a painful condition called pancreatitis (from excessive fat) and there is also a risk of Salmonella or E. coli associated with these foods.

What cats cannot eat

6. Grapes and raisins

Dogs can suffer acute kidney failure from eating grapes or raisins — and although toxicity in cats is only anecdotal we would strongly advise that you keep these foods out of reach of your cat.

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7. Onions and garlic

All members of the onion family can cause problems if eaten in sufficient quantity. A little bit of onion or garlic in some sauce is not likely to cause any problems. However, eating a clove of garlic or a green onion may cause digestive upset. Eating some type of onion on a regular basis could cause anemia.

8. Xylitol

This is a sweetener used in a lot of sugar-free foods, especially chewing gum. There are no records of cats becoming ill from this product, but in dogs it can cause a severe drop in blood sugar — which can cause seizures and convulsions or even death — followed by liver failure. It’s better to be safe and not let your cat eat foods that contain this ingredient.

What cats cannot eat

How to prevent cats eating harmful foods?

The best prevention is simply to keep your food out of reach of your cat. If you choose to give your cat human food, follow these guidelines:

  • The food should only be considered a treat and only given on the odd occasion to prevent gastrointestinal upset and nutritional imbalances
  • If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t feed it to your cat.
  • If you wouldn’t eat the food raw, then your cat shouldn’t either

Treatment for cats that have eaten toxic food

If your cat has eaten food that can cause them harm, treatment is generally supportive until the symptoms resolve. This may involve hospitalisation, intravenous fluids (a drip) and blood tests to monitor organ function.

About the Author

Orlaith O’Mahony

A graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin, Orlaith works as a veterinary surgeon in Vets Now’s state-of-the-art pet emergency hospital in Manchester.

Healthy Food — Healthy Pets :: helping pets since 1994

What Meats Should *Not* Be Fed To Dogs and Cats

As briefly mentioned on the previous page, we do not feed meats that can cause trichinosis.

Trichinae develop as adults in the intestines and as larvae in the muscles, causing intestinal disorders, fever, nausea, muscular pain, and edema of the face. Trichinosis is therefore the disease caused by trichinae.

So we simply do not feed any meat that can cause trichinosis.

Meats that cause trichinosis include, but are not limited to:

  • bear
  • pork
  • wolf
  • lynx
  • seal
  • walrus
  • wolverine
  • round squirrels
  • fox (arctic and red)

The interesting thing is, and I don’t have an answer for this, but the Inuit (Eskimo) always fed their huskies raw seal meat and probably raw walrus meat too. I am not sure how this affected the health of the huskies, but nonetheless, it is not advisable to feed any meat that can cause trichinosis.

Further to this, the Inuit always did and still do eat raw seal and walrus meat themselves. Again, I am not sure how or if this affects their health but personally I wouldn’t feed or eat any meat that can potentially cause trichinosis.

Finally, the Inuit often fed the seal meat to their huskies frozen. Feeding frozen meat is not advisable but apparently, the huskies did well on the diet as they were used to pull sleds long distance in the freezing cold winters.

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What can cats not eat?

  1. Onions
  2. Garlic
  3. Raw Eggs
  4. Alcohol
  5. Yeast Dough
  6. Raw Fish
  7. Green tomatoes
  8. Potatoes
  9. Chocolate
  10. Milk products
  11. Caffeine
  12. Xylitol

What cats cannot eat

You love your cat and he is part of your family. He gets the “royal treatment” whenever you can give it to him. However, you better watch your plate and not intend on treating him with any human food because many of these “people foods” can be dangerous for his health. Here is a list of the most common toxic and poisonous foods for cats that you should never give:

1. Onions and Garlic

Can cats eat onions or garlic?

Cats should not eat raw onions and garlic. But not only these! Cats better stay away from all forms of onions and garlic: cooked, dehydrated and powdered. Why is that? Garlic and onions contain sulfoxides and disulphides which can poison your cat by breaking down his red blood cells, which can lead to anemia , lethargy, weight loss and gastrointestinal problems.

2. Raw Eggs

Can cats eat raw eggs?

Feeding your cat raw eggs is not a good idea. For the same reasons we humans don’t eat raw eggs, your cat shouldn’t eat them as well. Eating raw eggs can lead to salmonella. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy. But that’s not the only reason why you shouldn’t feed your cat raw eggs. Uncooked eggs contain an enzyme called avidin. This enzyme can decrease the absorption of a B vitamin called biotin. This can cause some hair coat and skin problems to your cat.

3. Alcohol

Can cats drink alcohol?

Giving your cat alcoholic beverages can be extremely dangerous. It can cause intoxication, coma and death. A small amount of alcohol can damage your cat’s liver and brain. For example, if your five pound cat ingests a small quantity of whisky as little as two teaspoons, it can cause coma. More than that, it can lead to death. Alcohol is very toxic for cats because it is absorbed very quickly by the body. So it’s important that you don’t hesitate to contact a veterinarian if you suspect your cat has been poisoned by alcohol.

4. Yeast Dough

Can cats eat yeast dough?

Cats can’t eat yeast dough and here is why: if you’ve ever made your own bread or pizza dough, you know that the dough needs to rise. If your cat eats the dough, it will rise in his stomach. This is really not a good thing. It will expand in his stomach which will cause him pain, stretch his stomach and could even result in the rupture of the stomach and intestines. Not only will the dough stretch in your cat’s stomach, but when it is fermenting, the yeast releases alcohol. Like you read in the previous point, alcohol is also very dangerous for cats. It is very important to call your vet as soon as possible when you see your cat has ingested yeast dough.

5. Raw Fish

Can cats eat raw fish?

Many cats love fish, but it is unsafe to feed your cat raw fish. It can cause gastrointestinal upset in cats or even poisoning because of the bacteria that raw fish carries. It can also destroy a vitamin that’s essential to cats: thiamine. When this vitamin is missing, it can cause neurological problems in your cat. It can also lead to loss of appetite, seizures and death.

6. Green Tomatoes or Potatoes

Can cats eat green tomatoes of potatoes?

Green tomatoes and potatoes contain poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine. It is very toxic and it can lead to lower gastrointestinal problems. Some pet foods contain tomatoes, but they are in very small quantity and are ripe, so they don’t represent a problem.

7. Chocolate

Can cats eat chocolate?

Cats should never eat chocolate. This is a more common people’s food you maybe know shouldn’t be given to pets. But why can’t you give this sweet food to your cat ? There is a toxic substance in chocolate called theobromine in chocolate. Chocolate toxicity can lead to tremors, irregular heart rhythm, seizures and death. All types of chocolate are dangerous for your cat. Even white chocolate. But the worst type is baking chocolate. After that, dark chocolate. Then milk chocolate, and the less dangerous one is white chocolate.

8. Milk Products

Can cats drink milk?

Surprisingly cats can’t drink milk. Cats and a saucer of milk go hand in hand, right? Not exactly. For kittens, it can be ok to give them milk, but for adult cats, it’s not a good idea. Adult cats are lactose intolerant. They have a difficult time processing dairy products since they don’t have a sufficient amount of the lactase enzyme which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in an upset stomach and diarrhea. If you really want to give milk to your cat, you can buy at your local pet store lactose-free milk. This way, your kitty can have his milk without the downsides.

9. Caffeine

Can cats drink coffee or tea?

Caffeine found in coffee, tea, chocolate, colas and even cold medicines can be very dangerous for your feline friend. Cats should never drink coffee or tea. A small dose of caffeine can cause restlessness, rapid breathing, tremors and heart palpitations. A large amount of caffeine can be fatal and lead to death.

10. Xylitol

Can cats eat gum?

Gums contain Xylitol that can be found in many other products: candy, toothpaste, diet foods and baked foods. If your cat ingests xylitol , it can lead to liver failure. Your cat can’t eat gum our other product containing Xylitol. It will increase your cat’s insulin levels which will lower his sugar levels. The first signs of xylitol intoxication are vomiting, loss of coordination and lethargy. The symptoms can increase to a seizure and eventually resulting liver failure.

These are only some “people foods” to watch out for. Make sure you inform yourself carefully before giving anything to your cat. Remember that nutritious cat foods have been made to really meet all of your cat’s nutritional needs. Feeding your cat something off your plate once in a while may not cause any harm, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you’d like more info on how to detox your pet naturally , (it is highly recommanded especially if your cat ate one of these toxic food), feel free to contact homeoanimal.com for more information. If you think your cat has been poisoned, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA National Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.

Are there any other human foods you can think of that may be toxic for your cat ?

Are Cherry Blossoms Poisonous to Cats?

Your kitty is naturally a carnivore, surviving off meat in the wild. She may, however, try to sneak a few plants occasionally, and a few people foods are OK to share with her every now and then. To be safe, keep people foods to a minimum.

Safe People Foods

Sometimes it’s hard to resist those big, loving eyes staring at your plate of food. If you feel the need to share your dinner with your kitty or cook her treats, keep your options limited. Meat is an ideal source of protein and makes an excellent treat for your furry friend. Cooked poultry is ideal, as well as cooked fish. If you’re feeding fish, keep it limited to cod, halibut and flounder, as well as fish with vegetarian diets. Cooked eggs also serve your feline a lot of protein. Dairy products almost always make the “toxic foods” lists, but a small amount should be OK, and many people have found that dairy products are ideal for hiding cat medication in. As cats (and other animals) reach adulthood, they become more and more lactose-intolerant. Cooked vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, squash or green beans can fill your kitty’s belly as well.

Toxic Foods

Raw eggs, fish and meats are unsafe for your feline, even though they would naturally eat these things in the wild. In modern times, these uncooked foods are likely to carry dangerous organisms such as E. coli and salmonella, along with parasites. Candy is another no-no, especially darker chocolates and anything containing the sweetener xylitol. Grapes, raisins and almost all seeds and pits from fruits can be highly toxic. While breads are typically OK, stay away from uncooked yeast dough, as the yeast can continue to rise in your kitty’s stomach.

Safe Plants

Grasses and catnip are two favorites of frisky felines. Some cats simply enjoy chewing on these, while others use them for roughage or to help them empty their stomachs if they get a tummyache. Many plants are safe for your kitty to play with, but just as many are toxic to her. Maples, alyssum, squash, African violets, rubber plants and orchids are fine for your feline to play with and chomp on—though you may not be delighted if she does.

Toxic Plants

Around the house, beware of lilies. Lilies are particularly toxic to cats and can cause kidney—and other organ—failure or complications. The entire rhododendron family, including azaleas, are neurological toxins. Chrysanthemum plants are a natural source of pyrethrins—potent pesticides. Green parts of tomatoes and potatoes can cause neurological side effects, while morning glory, bleeding hearts, lupines, and unripe berries have the potential to cause gastrointestinal upset.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

You love your cat like it’s one of your own children. It follows you around, sleeps at the foot of your bed, keeps you company when you’re sad — and sticks its furry little face into everything you do, including your dinner plate if you’re not careful.

It’s hard to resist that adorable face, but you could be putting your beloved feline in danger if you share your snacks without knowing what you’re doing. Before passing the yogurt to Whiskers, read up on the foods you can and cannot give to your cat.

Milk: No

The image of a cat lapping up milk is something of a trope in popular media. Popular imagery or not, milk is actually not a great thing to give to a feline. Kittens reap nutritional benefits from their mother’s milk as babies, but cow’s milk doesn’t provide anything helpful in a cat’s diet and could do some real damage.

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According to VetStreet, most cats — and mammals in general — have a certain degree of lactose intolerance. That means your pet could actually get sick from ingesting the white stuff. If your kitty hurls or seems lethargic after polishing off the leftover milk in your cereal bowl, now you know why.

Yogurt: Sometimes

Wait, aren’t cats lactose intolerant? Well, yes, but the good thing about yogurt is that it contains natural bacteria that helps break down the lactose. That means small amounts of yogurt probably won’t make your cat sick, especially while they’re still growing into adulthood.

The important thing to note, however, is that sugar is most definitely a no-no for cats. Lots of yogurts have sugar in them, so you shouldn’t share anything besides the plain variety. Make sure you double-check the ingredients before sharing. If it contains any sweeteners, glucose or syrups, don’t share it. Steer clear of yogurts with fruit mixtures as well.

Coffee: No

While humans seem to be addicted to it, coffee could prove fatal for a cat. In general, caffeine can cause heart problems for cats, so that means tea and soda go on the no-no list too. Eating a tea bag or getting into coffee grounds could lead to vomiting, seizures or even death.

There are a number of common ‘human’ foods that your dogs and cat should NOT EAT… The important thing is to know exactly what to avoid. There are some very commonly known ones, such as Chocolate, Alcohol, and Coffee, but some lesser known ones such as Grapes, Nutmeg, Onion and the artificial sweetener in gum, Xyitol.

In this article I give you an overview of the toxins, PLUS what to do if your dog or cat ingests any of these poisons.

Alcoholic beverages

It is often sweet – attracting dogs and cats, but can cause serious and fatal intoxication. Don’t ever offer this to your pets.
Here are some of the signs and side effects:
• Incoordination/ataxia
• Excitement
• Depression
• Excessive urination
• Breathing rate is slowed
• Cardiac arrest and death


Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety is most toxic – but all have toxic potential. They cause vomiting/diarrhea – primarily gastrointestinal distress.

Chocolate (all forms)

Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.
Initial excitation.
Increased drinking and urinating.
Vomiting and Diarrhea.
Theobromine causes an increased heart rate and arrhythmia –.
Seizures can then be seen.
Death is then possible.
ACTION PLAN: Induce vomiting, give activated charcoal, and go to the Vet if depression and seizures begin. Baker’s chocolate and high cocoa content chocolate is the most toxic; the toxic dose is 2 baking squares for a 10lb dog. Regular chocolate bars have little real chocolate and are seldom toxic.

Coffee (all forms)

Coffee contains dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation

Fatty foods

The primary concern here is severe gastrointestinal upset- and in some cases Pancreatitis.
This can be fatal in some pets- and it is ALMOST always triggered by a High Fat Meal, such as gravy or bacon.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscles of dogs. This has lead to paralysis. A small number of nuts and even the butter can cause this.

Moldy or spoiled foods

Many molds contain a type of toxin called an Aflatoxin. This is thought to be a common cause of “compost toxicity”. Signs include GI (Vomiting/Diarrhea), muscle tremors, in-coordination, elevated temperature, excessive salivation, and liver damage. Avoid feeding ANYTHING moldy to your dog or cat.

Onions, onion powder

Onions contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate.
Pets affected by onion toxicity will develop anemia. 1 Onion can cause this. Fortunately ALL dogs recover once they are stopped from ingesting onions.

Raisins and grapes

As few as 6 grapes and raisins have caused acute kidney failure in some dogs.
The toxic ingredient is not yet known.
There is no treatment.
AVOID feeding ANY grapes or raisins to your dogs.

Yeast dough

The yeast dough/uncooked bread dough will rise in your pet’s stomach causing severe gastrointestinal distress (vomiting/diarrhea), bloating, and signs of alcohol toxicity.


Xylitol is a artificial sweeter found in “SUGAR FREE” Products, such as gum, candy etc.
Signs relate to a sudden drop in glucose (blood sugar), in-coordination, collapse and seizures.
Avoid feeding any gum/candy to your pets.

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums.

Ingestion of large amounts of stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits can be toxic.
They contain a cyanide type compound and signs of toxicity include apprehension, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and shock.
Note – it’s the seeds and stems that contain the toxic component, not the fruit itself.

Potato peelings and green looking potatoes

Potatoes and other Solanum species, including the tomato, are members of the nightshade family of plants.
These plants contain solanine and other toxic alkaloids which, if eaten in large enough amounts, can produce drooling, severe gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, confusion, behavioral changes, weakness, dilated pupils and slowed heart rate.


High levels of nutmeg can be toxic, even fatal.
The toxic component is unknown.
Signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities or death.

Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)

The green parts of the tomato plant are considered toxic because they contain solanine, which has the potential to produce significant gastrointestinal and central nervous system effects.

WHAT to do IF your pet has eaten any of these toxic foods:

TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is showing signs of ingesting a poison, it is important that your veterinarian examines her and treated appropriately. Some toxins can progress and lead to severe seizures. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning, it must be treated within 4-6 hours, before irreversible kidney damage occurs.

PURGE THE POISON. In most cases of poisoning, getting your pet to vomit is the most important thing that you can do. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING if something caustic has been consumed (such as drain cleaner or bleach). To induce vomiting, give hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. If your pet doesn’t vomit in 10 minutes, repeat again. NEVER do more than 2 treatments of peroxide. You can also try salt: dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water per every 10lbs of body weight.

DELAY ABSORPTION. Activated charcoal is readily available at most pharmacies. It delays absorption of any toxin by binding to the toxic compound in the stomach. The easiest way is to give the capsule form. For those garbage-eating dogs (such as my own dog) it is a good idea to have hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal always on hand.

Why will my cat only eat cooked chicken?

When he says he only eats chicken, is it canned cat food or regular chicken? Plain cooked chicken and fish are not healthy for long-term feeding of cats. A complete and balanced cat food needs vitamins and minerals . There are several cat foods that closely resemble cooked and finely chopped chicken breasts.

How much cooked chicken should my cat eat?

The rule is to keep chicken (or other treats) less than 10% of your total daily calorie intake . Also, make sure that all bone has been removed. Reducing the weight of your cat can help him keep his sleek look.

Can I feed my cat store bought chicken?

Raw chicken purchased at grocery stores is intended to be cooked. Do not feed raw cat chicken from the supermarket . Do not feed cats a diet containing only raw chicken. In addition to the cat’s daily kibble, you need to feed raw chicken.

Can I feed my cat chicken breast everyday?

According to PetMD, a small amount of chicken is fine, but do not use it as a stable dietary substitute . Also, these additives can confuse the cat’s stomach and should be as “naked” as possible, free of oils and seasonings.

Can chickens make cats sick?

Chickens can make cats sick It is important to know that cats can get salmonella infections from chickens and get sick. If your cat becomes infected with Salmonella, he can carry and spread the bacterium without showing any signs of illness.

Can I feed my cat chicken breast?

But any kind of meat, like chicken, is just above their alley. Chicken, an excellent source of lean protein, may be the best choice for cats as long as it is completely cooked and given to cats after the fatty skin has been removed , Werber said. ..

Can I feed my cat chicken and rice?

The best non-prescription, bland meal for cats and dogs is rice with plain chicken or turkey . You can use chopped chicken or turkey, or such baby food. The meat should be unseasoned. You can also try chicken soup.

How do you prepare chicken breast for cats?

Oil the baking tray and place the chicken on it. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Turn the slices and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool to room temperature, and serve to cats.

Can cats eat plain chicken?

Yes, cats can eat raw chicken . Proponents of the cat’s raw diet usually state that such dietary options allow cats to consume biologically prepared cat food for digestion.

What human food can cats eat?

12 human foods that are safe for cats to eat Fish. Feeding him oily fish like tuna and mackerel can help his eyesight, joints and brain while your kitten doesn’t want to eat from the aquarium. meat. For carnivores, carnivores, beef and other meats are natural choices. cheese. banana. berries. melon. carrots. rice. •

What can cats not eat?

11 foods that are toxic to cats Alcohol. Foods containing wine, beer, alcohol and alcohol can cause diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory distress, tremors and other serious conditions. chocolate. dog food. grapes and raisins. liver. milk & dairy products. onions, garlic, chives. raw / undercooked meat, eggs, fish.

Can I feed my cat meat only?

Cats are meat eaters and are simple and simple. They need to have protein from the meat for a strong heart, good eyesight, and a healthy reproductive system. Cooked beef, chicken, turkey, and a small amount of lean deli meat are excellent ways to give them . Raw or spoiled meat can make your cat sick.

Can chicken give cats diarrhea?

Feeding undercooked chicken can cause diarrhea and vomiting .

Can cats eat scrambled eggs?

Cats can eat scrambled eggs and boiled eggs without salt or seasonings . However, there is a risk of adding excess fat to the cat’s diet. Talk to your veterinarian before feeding your cat’s eggs.

Can cats get worms from chickens?

Cats are most likely to become toxo by eating infected rodents and wild birds, but cats (like humans) feed infected chickens with raw or undercooked meat. Can be infected after being infected . Most healthy humans, such as healthy chickens, cats, and other animals, show no signs of infection.

Does chicken cause allergies in cats?

Chicken allergies can occur at any age, including cats and mixed breed cats . If your cat is diagnosed with a chicken allergy, avoid feeding it with foods that contain chicken protein or chicken fat. These also cause problems for cats.

How can I tell if my cat is allergic to chicken?

Symptoms of Poultry Allergies in Cats The most common symptom is itchy, inflamed skin, which can be infectious enough to scratch the cat . The skin of different parts of the body can be affected, but mainly the itchy parts of the face and head may indicate food allergies rather than other types such as pollen and fleas. ..

Do cats need wet food everyday?

The answer is YES! .. Cats need wet food every day . It is more effective for cat health than dry food. Not surprisingly, cats were created to eat wild, moist food, but the same is true for domestic cats. Feed your cat a low dry diet as they can cause metabolic problems.

Is there enough taurine in cooked chicken for cats?

If the meat used is chicken breast, the total amount of taurine is 64 mg , and even if chicken breast is a very kind of meat, the recommended value for NRC refined and dry diets. Is above. There is little taurine.

Is Tuna good for cats?

Sometimes tuna will not hurt. However, a stable diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it does not have all the nutrients that cats need. Also, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.

How Long Can cats go without food?

How long can a cat go without eating? In any case, sick, noisy, or wild cats, cats that don’t eat can survive 2 weeks without food, but they are not without serious health consequences. Cats that go for more than three days without eating begin to use their fat stores as energy, just like humans.

What cat food is healthiest?

What is the most nutritious cat food? The best dry food for cats. Blue Wilderness Indoor Chicken Dry Cat Food. Hills Science Diet Indoor Dry Cat Food. Prinawan Urinary Health Formula Dry Food. Rachel Ray Nutrish Natural Dry Cat Food. Prina Cat Chow Naturals Indoor Dry Cat Food. Blue Freedom Grain Free Adult Dry Food.

Can you fry chicken for cats?

Cats can eat fried chicken, but only occasionally . Once given to pets, it is best to remove the skin and bones so that they can be eaten healthier and safer. However, fried chicken can cause upset stomach, so it is not always given to cats.

Is rice good for cats?

Yes, cats can eat a small amount of rice . It’s non-toxic, so it doesn’t hurt any of their food, but it’s not an essential part of their diet, so you shouldn’t give too much.

Can I give my kitten cooked chicken?

Cooked meat, such as simmered chicken, may sometimes be served , but make sure there is no cooked bone, onion / onion sauce, or other toxic substances (1) See below).

What cats cannot eat

If your cat was just diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis, fear not! While it sounds scary, hepatic lipidosis simply means that there is inappropriate fat infiltration into the liver. Often known by the laymen’s term “fatty liver,” this disease occurs when cats — especially obese cats — go without food for a few days. Untreated, hepatic lipidosis can result in liver failure and death, so it must be aggressively treated by your veterinarian. Thankfully, the prognosis can be excellent with intravenous (IV) fluids, proper nutritional supplementation, and supportive care, but keep in mind that it can be extremely costly to treat.

Causes of fatty liver disease in cats

So, why do cats develop hepatic lipidosis? Unfortunately, as an emergency critical care specialist, the main reasons why I see it in the ER include the following:

  • Introduction of a new diet without appropriate slow weaning or acclimatization. You should never force your cat to go “cold turkey” and change your cat’s diet acutely. As we all know cats don’t tolerate sudden change well, and diet changes should always be transitioned slowly over several days to weeks. [Editor’s note: Always speak to your veterinarian before changing your cat’s diet]
  • Introduction of a new pet (e.g., dogs or cats) which causes environmental stress and may result in your cat’s sudden loss of appetite
  • Introduction of two-legged newborns (i.e., human babies) causing environmental stress
  • Stressful situations (e.g., visiting guests who live in your house for a few days, scaring your cat away)

Symptoms of fatty liver disease in cats

What cats cannot eat

Signs of hepatic lipidosis can be really subtle, so it’s important to watch for clinical signs of the following:

  • Decreased appetite or complete inappetance (i.e., anorexia)
  • Hiding in unusual places (e.g., closet)
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Icterus/jaundice (a yellow tinged color to the gums or skin, best seen on the ears and eyes)
  • Drooling (often a sign of nausea)
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Small fecal clumps in the litter box (due to lack of eating)
  • Constipation
  • Collapse
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle wasting
  • A weakened neck (the head hangs down more than usual with a chin tuck)

When untreated or in severe cases — signs of liver failure can include the following:

  • Black tarry stool
  • Bruising (abnormal clotting)
  • Coma (from the liver poisons building up in the body)
  • Abnormal behavior progressing to seizures
  • Death

How do we diagnose and treat fatty liver disease in cats?

The diagnosis of hepatic lipidosis is typically based on history, clinical signs consistent with hepatic lipidosis, blood work, and an abdominal ultrasound of the abdomen (specifically looking at the liver and gall bladder). Specific blood work should evaluate the white and red blood cells, kidney and liver function, protein, electrolytes, and potentially even the clotting function of the body. Additional tests may include x-rays, abdominal ultrasound, and aspirates or biopsies of the liver. An aspirate is necessary to help rule out other causes of jaundice in cats, such as cholangiohepatitis, pancreatitis, gall bladder stones, cancer (specifically lymphosarcoma), inflammatory bowel disease, or even certain toxins.

Treatment typically requires 24/7 care for several days to include the following:

  • IV fluids to help treat dehydration
  • Placement of a temporary feeding tube to provide adequate calories (this may be necessary for several weeks)
  • Anti-vomiting medication
  • Appetite stimulants
  • Antibiotics
  • Vitamin K (to help fix clotting problems if abnormal)
  • Potentially plasma transfusions (if severe clotting problems are noted)

So how do you avoid this and save yourself thousands of dollars (and your cat a feeding tube)?

When it comes to cats, do everything slowly. Slow acclimatization is imperative so your cat has time to handle the stress and adjust. More importantly, make sure to observe your cat’s appetite, and when you notice that he hasn’t eaten for more than 2-3 days, seek veterinary attention immediately! When it comes to hepatic lipidosis, the sooner you diagnose it, the less expensive – and less deadly – it can be for your cat!

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

And if you’re like most pet owners, once those big eyes start working their magic, your feelings of guilt will usually lead to you granting their wish and giving them a bite or two of your meal.

While many times this turns out to be harmless, there are certain foods your cat should never eat.

Since cats evolved from a steady diet of birds, rodents, and various small mammals, their bodies are very sensitive to the types of foods and toxins their bodies can tolerate.

Thus, if you want to make sure your feline friend does not suffer harmful or even life-threatening circumstances at mealtime, here are some foods your cat should definitely never eat.


While it should go without saying, giving your cat a drink of alcohol should be the last thing you ever do.

However, believe it or not, there are people who think it is actually funny to give their cat a sip of beer or wine.

Unfortunately, when a cat is given just a sip of beer, it is the equivalent of a human drinking a six or 12-pack, and just a single tablespoon can put your cat in a coma.


As more and more of us millennials love eating avocados as part of a healthy diet, it’s only natural to assume that they’re also good for our favorite pet.

However, that is not the case.

Since avocados have a toxin in them called persin, feeding this fruit to your cat can lead to a stomach ache and diarrhea.


If you happen to be eating a piece of chicken, pork, fish, or other meat that may contain bones, never under any circumstances give those bones to your cat.

While cat’s teeth are strong enough to eat the bones of birds and small rodents by grinding them up as they eat, bones from your dinner plate should not be fed.

Sadly, there have been numerous cases of pet owners giving their cats a bone, only to have the bone splinter and get stuck in the cat’s mouth or throat, leading to severe complications or even death.


If there is one food we humans love, it’s chocolate. For many people, their day is not complete until they have had a bite or two of chocolate.

Cats can’t even really taste chocolate, and therefore have very little interest in the food.

But since cats are naturally curious, if they are offered a bite, they will probably take it, and that can be a serious mistake.

Since chocolate contains the alkaloid theobromine, which is similar to caffeine, a cat that eats chocolate can possibly suffer from an upset stomach, seizures, or even a heart attack.

Potatoes and Tomatoes

While potatoes and tomatoes are two of the most beneficial foods for humans, they are not so for cats.

Containing the alkaloid solanine, which is lethal to cats, these foods should stay as far away from your cat as possible.

If you or your family or friends gets careless and offers kitty a bite of these foods, the results can range from abdominal pain and diarrhea to paralysis and death.


What? But kittens and saucers of milk go together like spaghetti and meatballs!

Unfortunately, milk may actually do your kitty more harm than good.

While certainly not lethal, pouring milk into your cat’s bowl can often lead to an upset stomach, since cats are naturally lactose intolerant.

This is due to the fact that as cats age, their bodies cease making the enzyme lactase, which is what allows their bodies and ours to digest pasteurized milk.

Moldy Food and Trash

Ok this is less of a “don’t feed them” (because if you do, that’s horrible), and more of a “don’t let them get into stuff”.

Since cats are so curious, they may decide from time to time to see what’s in your trash can.

When they do, they may find a variety of spoiled and moldy foods, all of which they should naturally avoid.

But knowing cats like we do, chances are they will take a chance on something they deem to be appetizing.

Unfortunately, the spoiled or moldy food they decide to have for a snack contains plenty of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning, which for kitty means a stomach ache, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Onions and Garlic

If you love Italian food, you naturally eat plenty of dishes that are made with onions and garlic.

However, while Garfield could always be found eating a pan of lasagna, it obviously did not contain onions or garlic.

Since onions contain a variety of sulfides and disulfides that lead to the destruction of red blood cells, cats that consume onions and garlic may become anemic, something cats are especially prone to no matter their age.


Unlike humans and their canine counterparts, cats have body chemistry that is extremely sensitive to salt.

Some foods contain trace elements of salt, but that’s all your cat needs.

Too much and you can expect your cat to start vomiting and urinating excessively.

As a result, it will likely become very dehydrated, requiring veterinary care as soon as possible.


If you find yourself making a loaf of homemade bread or a favorite cake, yeast will be one of the ingredients you’ll be using while you bake.

As we all know, raw dough expands and yeast produces gas as it rises.

While this works fine in an oven, it is not so good if all this is going on inside your kitty’s stomach.

If it does, not only can it lead to plenty of abdominal discomfort for kitty, but also a possible stomach rupture. Therefore, if your cat ever digests yeast, get it to a vet as quickly as possible.

Human Vitamins and Supplements

You probably take vitamins or supplements on a daily basis to help you feel better.

However, no matter how much you think your vitamins and supplements are helping to give you better health, don’t think they will do the same thing for your cat.

If you want to give your kitty any vitamins or supplements to keep it healthy, discuss your options with your veterinarian. With many vitamins and supplements made especially for cats like these Omega 3 Supplements for Dogs & Cats, your vet can recommend something that will be safe and effective.

Use our infographic below to get a quick idea of all the foods and plants that may be harmful to your cat, and make sure you’re feeding her a good cat food, full of meat protein sources…not leftovers!

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In cartoons and commercials, we’ve grown up seeing cats drink from saucers of milk and scarf down pans of cheesy lasagna. But can cats eat cheese? Or, more importantly, should we ever be feeding cheese and certain other foods to our feline friends?

While it might be tempting to share snacks with your pet, it’s important to know what’s safe and healthy for them to eat. Some foods that are healthy for humans can be dangerous for your cat and should be kept out of reach in case they go snooping for a snack.

What can — and can’t — cats eat?

If you’re wondering what human foods cats can eat, you should always consult your vet to learn which treats are OK to eat in moderation, and which foods to prohibit. We spoke with Dr. Stephanie Black DVM MSc, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA & Humane Society, to learn more about what can potentially be the best snacks to feed your feline — in moderation. She shared that the healthiest cat should be fed well-balanced cat food, both wet and dry, which will maintain their hydration and reduce the chance of urinary crystal formation. After all, the happiest cat is a healthy one.

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Cats can not eat: cheese

This brings us back to a common question for pet owners: can cats eat cheese at mealtimes? Unfortunately, according to experts, most cats are lactose intolerant. Their bodies can’t produce enough enzymes to digest milk properly, making cheese a problematic dinner choice for felines.

“Cats tend to love dairy products, but this should not be an everyday treat,” said Dr. Black. Proceed with caution and monitor your pets symptoms, as even a little cheese could cause gastrointestinal upset.

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Cats can not eat: milk

Given how pop culture continues to share images of cats lapping up milk, it’s no wonder one of the most enduring feline myths is a cat’s love of dairy. As it turns out, milk is not the best idea for cats, but it may be OK to feed to kittens. A cat’s ability to produce the lactase enzyme is much better during kittenhood , allowing them to enjoy the milky dinners.

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Cats can not eat: tuna

Believe it of not, cats can become addicted to tuna . Even though many cats love tuna, it shouldn’t be a large part of your pet’s meal plan. A steady diet of tuna won’t have all the nutrients a cat needs, such as taurine, an amino acid in their food. Dr. Black warned that “without this amino acid supplementation, your cat can become very ill.”

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Cats can not eat: chocolate

It’s crucial that pet owners keep chocolate out of reach, as theobromine in chocolate is highly toxic to cats and can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death depending on how much is consumed. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate have the highest concentrations of theobromine, making them even more dangerous.

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Cats cannot eat: grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins are toxic foods for most pets , and can lead to kidney damage or even life-threatening kidney failure. While cats don’t generally indulge in grapes, it’s best to store the fridge vs on the counter, and be careful of any spills when eating or baking.

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Cats can eat: poultry

As natural carnivores, cats gain the majority of their nutrients from meat. However, “owners should be cautioned that cats have very specific dietary requirements,” Dr. Black shared, “and their diet should be made primarily up of a well-balanced, high quality cat food.” Cooked, unseasoned poultry is your best bet for an occasional treat, as too much salt can be toxic to cats.

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Cats can eat: eggs

Eggs are rich in protein and can be a great addition to your cats diet. Most vets agree that cooked eggs are a great treat for cats, but raw eggs should be avoided as the risk of serious bacterial infections, such as salmonella or e-coli is too high.

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Cats can eat: pumpkin

Skip any seasonal spices and feed your kitty pure, cooked pumpkin either fresh or from the can. Pumpkin is packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals, and is low in calories. You may even feed it to your cat as a remedy to diarrhea or constipation , said Dr. Black. “It may help their bowel movements to be more regular.” Just be sure to purchase pure pumpkin — and not pumpkin pie filling.

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Cats can eat: rice

Although not a necessary part of their diet, a little bit of white rice is generally fine to feed your cat. “Most cats won’t eat it,” says Dr. Black ” but in small amounts, rice won’t do any harm.”

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Cats can eat: cantaloupe

This low-calorie fruit has a high water content and is full of fibre and nutrients, making it a healthy treat for you and your cat. Keep in mind, however, that when introducing new foods, it’s best to feed your pet a small portion first to see if they can tolerate it. Cantaloupe is high in antioxidants, which capture free radicals, which — in humans least — may effectively slow down the aging process and potentially promote healthy cell function, as well as help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

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Do you ever wonder what cats can eat besides cat food? What happens if you run out of cat food in your house…what will you feed Fluffy then? We’re here to answer all your questions and give you a quick list of human foods that cats can eat safely, so your little feline can spend as little time hungry as possible.

What Cats Eat in the Wild

Cats in the wild are predators. They chase and hunt small animals like mice, rabbits, shrews, and birds. Occasionally they also catch fish to eat. Sometimes, they also catch and eat small lizards, snakes, and insects.

Knowing all this, meat is obviously an important part of a cat’s diet. They need protein to stay active and thrive, just like most mammals do. Fat is also essential. A wild cat will not eat a diet high in carbs, though, which is something you need to avoid too much of in a housecat’s diet. Otherwise, obesity can happen, because too many carbs and too little exercise mean fat cats.

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Can Cats Eat Human Food?

You may be in crisis mode when you discover that you’re out of cat food in your house. You have a few human food items, but you don’t want anything to harm your kitty.

Cats can also sometimes beg for the food that you’re eating. It’s okay to sometimes share with them. You just have to be aware of what they can’t eat before you think about sharing. Here are the things cats absolutely cannot eat.

Cats can be notoriously picky eaters, but don’t assume this is the only reason they’re not eating. Our Bartlett vets provide some other common causes and when you should see your vet.

What does it mean if my cat won’t eat?

10 Reasons Why They May Not be Eating

  1. Dental/tooth pain, infections or injuries that can make eating or chewing painful, such as inflamed gums, an abscess, a broken tooth, oral tumors, or other inflammatory issues
  2. Gastrointestinal issues (including parasites, colitis, gastroenteritis, or cancer)
  3. Kidney disease
  4. Pancreatitis
  5. Digestive obstruction, indigestion, or constipation
  6. Recent vaccination or medication
  7. Anxiety, stress, or depression (this includes major changes to your cat’s routine or home)
  8. New food
  9. Metabolism might be slowing down, especially in older cats
  10. They might be full (outdoor cats often find things to eat when outside)

How long can my cat go without eating?

Like people, cats can go longer without food than water. Cats can survive for about two weeks without eating but only three days without drinking. The longer your cat goes without proper nutrition, however, the weaker they become, so it’s important to contact your vet if you suspect they haven’t eaten in a day or more. They will be able to diagnose the cause and hopefully get your cat back on track to eating regularly.

How can I get my cat to eat?

There are several things you can try to see if your cat will begin eating again.

  • Considering stress can be a cause, ensure their dish is in a quiet area.
  • Check to make sure both their food and water bowls are clean.
  • Give them canned or “wet” food, or meat baby food.
  • Try drenching their solid food with the juice from a tuna can.
  • Cat’s don’t like cold food, so you can try heating it (just be sure to mix carefully after to avoid overly-hot areas).

When to Seek Veterinary Care

Many of the potential reasons for your cat to lose their appetite are serious medical concerns. Your vet can help to determine the cause and best plan of treatment.

The reasons why your cat has stopped eating can vary greatly, but despite the cause, it’s important to bring your cat to your vet if it lasts more than 24 hours. It’s also extremely important to monitor and contact your vet if they are not drinking or are displaying other symptoms or behavioral changes.

Concerned that your cat is not eating? It can be hard to tell a picky eating episode from a serious health issue. A change in your cat’s routine is a concern, but figuring out the cause is the first step to getting your cat eating again.

Why Isn’t My Cat Eating?

Truth: Your cat loves to eat. It’s up there in her favorite activities, along with sleeping, playing and trying to get her pet parents’ attention. But eating is also a basic element of survival, without which your cat’s health may rapidly decline.

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Changes in Food

Cats are creatures of habit and will typically resist change, especially to their meal plans. Have you recently changed your cat’s food? Maybe they are stubbornly refusing to try the new flavor. Cats can take a while to accept new foods, so a slow transition is generally recommended. Your kitty can’t go too long without eating, so they don’t eat for 24 hr even after offering the old food again, s it’s time to explore other possibilities for why she isn’t eating.

Changes in Environment

Your cat’s stubbornness can pop up if they are unhappy with the surroundings. “Cats may also go on brief hunger strikes in response to environmental stressors, such as the presence of guests in your home,” points out Animal Planet. Other environmental changes, such as moving to a new home or adding a new pet or baby to the mix, may affect eating habits, too. If you know these types of things stress your cat, talk to your veterinarian about ways to help your cat relax.

Possible Illness

Digestive issues, such as constipation, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (or chronic inflammatory enteropathy), are stressful on your cat’s body, leading to loss of appetite, gas, vomiting and diarrhea. Other underlying illnesses that may affect appetite include kidney disease and dental problems. Banfield Pet Hospital explains that oral problems, like dental disease, oral tumors, infections or injuries, that make chewing difficult or uncomfortable could cause your cat to stop eating. Be sure your veterinarian includes a comprehensive dental exam during every checkup.

Because only a vet can diagnose an illness, contact your vet’s office right away with any unusual or significant health changes. You should also take your cat in for a dental checkup if refusing dry food or favoring one side of the mouth when chewing.

How to Get a Cat to Eat

If your cat is snubbing meals, try expanding theiroptions, exploring new flavor combinations or offering a few form.. When trying out new foods, do so gradually to help your cat toacclimate to new flavors and textures If your cat is reluctant to try a new food, you can try adding a small amount of broth to the dry food or warming the canned food.

Ariel Mosenco, DVM, DACVIM, tells Petcha to never force food on your cat. Forcing a cat to eat or swallow can trigger a negative association with eating, causing them to avoid the food bowl even more. Instead, find ways to encourage your cat to eat. If your cat becomes stressed easily, it is important to think about preparing your cat for parties at your house and plan ahead for introducing her to a new furry friend, which will help them cope with lifestyle changes.

In addition to what your cat eats, take into account where she dines. “Cats can be choosy about where they eat. Keep in mind that heavy-traffic areas, noise, the presence of other animals, dirty food containers or nearby litter boxes can deter a cat from eating,” says the Cornell Feline Health Center. Seemingly minor changes can stress out your kitty, so create dedicated cat feeding areas in your house.

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When Should I Call the Vet?

Here’s a good rule of thumb for pet parents: when in doubt, call your vet.

You and the vet share the goal of keeping your furry friend in tip-top shape, and it’s better to err on the side of caution. Contact the vet as soon as you notice a change, whether sudden or gradual, in your cat’s behavior. Questioning why your cat isn’t eating is an important one, especially if it’s been more than a day since the last meal. If your kitty does need treatment, the earlier you get her started, the better.

Now that you know some causes for appetite loss and how to get a cat to eat, you can take an active role in helping your feline pal get back on the path to full health.

What Human Food Can Cats Eat, And What Not To Feed Cats

Thinking about giving your kitty some of the extras off your plate? Make sure you know what foods are okay for your cat, and which aren’t.

Check out this list we’ve compiled of foods that are and aren’t okay to feed your cat.

Remember, each cat is different and may need different food or diet requirements, so you should contact your veterinarian before changing their diet.

What Can Cats Eat?


Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they need meat to live. Meat is a great source of protein for your cat. However, too much fat can give your cat a stomachache, so make sure to trim off any excess fatty portions beforehand and to cook all meat thoroughly before you feed it to your cat*.

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Proteins your cat can enjoy:

  • Skinless Chicken (The best!)
  • Lean Beef
  • Liver
  • Lamb
  • Lean Deli Meats
  • Cooked Eggs

* If you are considering a raw diet because of its health benefits, consult a veterinarian beforehand.

Vegetables That Are Safe for Cats

Like we said, cats are carnivorous, so you don’t want to feed them too many veggies – but they can make for good snacks, and can even help with digestive issues.

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Veggies you can give your cat to snack on:

  • Pumpkin/Squash
  • Peas
  • Cucumber
  • Cooked or steamed
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Asparagus
    • Green Beans
  • Spinach**

** Don’t feed your kitty spinach if it has had any urinary or kidney problems because spinach can cause crystals to form in the urinary tract.

Grains That Are Safe for Cats

Cats are experiencing an obesity problem in the United States, so make sure not to give your furry friend too much of these high-carb foods! However, a little bit as a treat every once in a while is okay!

Some cats won’t like to eat certain grains or foods, so try giving them a sample before giving them a full snack.

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Grains your cat can nibble on:

  • Cooked Corn/Polenta
  • Couscous/Millet (Many cats like the tiny texture of these grains)
  • Carrots
  • Bread/Breadcrumbs
  • Oatmeal (Plain oats are high in protein!)
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Fruit That Is Safe for Cats

Some cats don’t enjoy the “sweet” flavor, but if your cat does, you can make some fun treats with fruit! Fruit can also help if your kitty is having digestive issues.

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Fruit your cat can enjoy:

  • Bananas (Can be frozen and blended to make a creamy texture)
  • Blueberries (Raw or frozen)
  • Watermelon/Cantaloupe/Honeydew (No seeds!)
  • Peeled Apples

Dairy That Are Safe for Cats

As they age, cats may become lactose intolerant, so make sure to only give small amounts of dairy foods to your cat.

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Dairy items your cat can try:

  • Hard Cheeses (Cheddar, Gouda, etc.)
  • Low Lactose Cheeses (Cottage Cheese)
  • Yogurt (Plain, Low-Fat)

Fish That Are Safe for Cats

Your cat will flip for a fish treat, but make sure to only give it in small quantities. Too much fish can deplete your cat’s Vitamin E.

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Types of fish your cat can enjoy:

  • Cooked Salmon/Tuna
  • Canned fish
  • Fish oil (In small quantities, fish oil can help your cat’s dry skin in the winter.)

What Can Cats Not Eat?

Here’s a list of some foods you should steer clear of when you’re feeding your cat:

  • Fat Trimmings
  • Garlic/Onions
  • Coconut Milk
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine/Coffee
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Seeds
  • Raw Fish
  • Bread Dough
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked Bones
  • Milk
  • Chives
  • Candy/Gum
  • Human Medications/Supplements
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener)

If you are using human food as a treat for your cat, make sure to only give your cat about 20 calories a day, so they won’t start to gain excess weight. We hope this guide helps you understand which human foods can be safe for your cat, and which definitely can’t!

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Lilies, marijuana, sago palm, tulip and narcissus bulbs, azalea and rhododendron, oleander, castor bean, cyclamen, kalanchoe, yew, amaryllis, autumn crocus, chrysanthemum, English ivy, peace lily, pothos, and schefflera are all common houseplants that could cause problems like minor irritations in your cat’s mouth and throat, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney issues, heart issues, seizures, and even death.

Thankfully, there are several plants that top the list of the best plants for cats. Here are our favorites.

Catnip, Silver Vine or Cat Thyme

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These plants are easy to grow and since they grow quite slowly, they’re also easy to maintain. So grab a seed pouch to grow your own or pick up a starter plant at your local pet store or nursery. Your cat will thank you – after she’s done spazzing out.

Good Grass

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However, many homeowners like to grow lemongrass in their homes for the subtle, refreshing smell, as well as the many cooking uses it offers. While the blades of lemongrass aren’t quite as long and lean as cat grass, we thought it deserved to be included in the types of good grass your cat will appreciate.


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The rosemary plant is one of the world’s most favored herbs for its versatility in cooking as well as its relaxing scent. So do cats like rosemary ? Yes! Your cat loves it because rosemary acts as a natural flea repellant, too!

However, it’s important to also note that the strong scent of rosemary can be too powerful for some cats. That’s why it is often used as a cat repellent as well. If you do not want your cat to go to a specific place or you want to deter them from scratching, try making a cat repellent spray with rosemary oil and water.

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I f you get a valerian plant for your home, you may see your kitty nibbling on its leaves – and that’s perfectly fine. It’s safe to eat and your cat will love her new source of natural energy.

Spider Plants

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Cats love the stimulant qualities, which are quite similar to catnip. Plus, those leaves are just irresistible to cats who love to bat at stringy, bouncy things.

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Cats love fish, right? And cartoons often depict a cat with a fishbone in paw and licking her lips! But that does not mean that they should eat it all the time, and before you jump in headfirst with the kitty salmon consumption, there are a few things that you need to know about your feline and this fish.

The quick answer is yes, cats can eat salmon, but only in moderation. While salmon is known to be beneficial for us humans for a variety of reasons, too much salmon can be harmful to your cat. And cats cannot eat all types of salmon, so you need to read this guide first.

With so much information available online, it is often hard to know exactly what the truth is and what information is a little fishy, so here in this guide, we will set the record straight.

Can Cats Eat Salmon?

Cats can eat salmon but they cannot eat all types of salmon, and they should not eat too much of it, either. The reason that cats go wild for fish is because of its strong smell, and if you’ve ever started preparing a fishy dinner for yourself, you’ve probably found your kitty not too far away.

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Salmon will not provide your cat with all the nutrients that she needs, so salmon should never be the main protein source in her diet, nor should it replace her meals completely. Ideally, feeding your kitty one salmon meal a week, or a sprinkling of salmon over her usual meal twice or three times a week would be beneficial, but it should never be more than 15% of her total diet.

If you would rather use it as a treat instead, then a pinch of salmon once a day will show her how much she means to you, and she will go wild for it. But do not go overboard with the salmon because she might become accustomed to it and she won’t want anything but …

But Not All Cats Can Eat Salmon!

You might be surprised to learn that fish allergies in cats are quite common. For this reason, if you are feeding your cat salmon for the first time, be sure to feed her just one bite and watch her across 24 hours for any side effects.

The most common symptoms of food allergies in cats are itchy skin, eyes, paws or tail, and sneezing. If it is a more serious allergy, then she may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or trouble breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, speak to your veterinarian immediately, and it goes without saying, do not feed her salmon again.

If nothing happens, then it is very likely that you have just found her new favorite snack! So, let’s take a look at the different types of salmon that she can eat, as well as the ones that she can’t.

Cooked Salmon Only Please

This is the only type of salmon that cats can eat. So, cook it up as you would for yourself (plain, of course!) and ensure that it is cooked through and that all of the bones are removed. Cats can even eat the skin, again, if cooked properly. Just make sure that it is cooked through and flakey.

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Remember, don’t feed her any salmon scraps off your plate because you might just forget that sweet chili sauce, and that will not go down well!

Now to take a look as to why cats can’t eat other types of salmon…

Canned Salmon

Unfortunately, whilst this would be the most convenient way to feed your kitty salmon, but canned salmon is not good for cats. Not only is it full of sodium, it is also full of other additives that will be harmful to her digestive system.

Raw Salmon

This is also a big no, with any kind of fish or meat! Raw salmon, whilst very tasty for us, can contain harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, and cause food poisoning in your kitty. For this reason, it always needs to be cooked.

Raw salmon also contains a high concentrate of enzymes called thiaminase, which destroys the thiamine in her body and leads to a vitamin B1 deficiency, which can be fatal. When you cook the salmon, it destroys the enzyme, and in turn, protects the all-important thiamine.

Taurine deficiency is a common health concern in cats, and unfortunately, many cat owners think that because raw salmon contains taurine, it is good to feed to your cat, but this is a myth. Not only is raw salmon harmful, but if you are feeding your cat raw fish for this reason, you should know that there is more taurine in cooked chicken than there is raw salmon.

Smoked salmon

Just like canned salmon, smoked salmon contains a high concentrate of sodium that will make her very ill. It is estimated that in every 100g of smoked salmon there is 600 – 1,200mg of salt, which is very dangerous to cats, so you must not feed your kitty smoked salmon.

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Salmon Nutrition

Eating a little bit of salmon as a treat once or twice a week is not only great for her taste buds, but it also has a variety of nutritional benefits.

Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are beneficial for a whole bunch of reasons. Not only will they nourish her skin from the inside out, and make her coat super healthy and glossy, but they also aid in the development and functioning of her brain and eye health. They also help her body to absorb certain nutrients and vitamins, so they keep her healthy too.

It also helps to support bones and joints, and with all that jumping cats need as much joint support they can get. Additionally, arachidonic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, and it is essential for felines, and salmon is a great source of this.

Vitamin B12

Unlike other needed nutrients, cats cannot produce their own vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin. Salmon contains a good amount of vitamin B12, and it is beneficial for her immune system, nervous system, cognitive function, and it also supports a healthy gut flora.

Vitamin B6

Cats have a higher requirement for vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, compared to most other animals because they are known to have a high protein requirement, and vitamin B6 helps to absorb fat and protein.

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Final Thoughts

Salmon, like most things in life, is best eaten in moderation. It has a lot of health benefits for your kitty, such as a healthy coat, support for eye and cognitive function, vitamin absorption as well as supporting bones and joints.

Be sure that you don’t feed your cat too much salmon, because in addition to all the reasons outlined above, she might become seriously stubborn for it, and we all know our kitties could do without the extra sass.

January 30th, 2020 by Cherished Companions

What cats cannot eat

Our cats march to the beat of their own drums (and we love them for it), but you’re smart to be on high alert if you notice: “My cat isn’t eating as much as usual.”

In this article, you’ll find:

  1. Common reasons your cat may not be eating all his or her food
  2. What you can do at home
  3. When to be concerned

Let’s jump into possible reasons your cat is eating less than usual…

Your cat may be finding other food sources

Yep, your cat may be getting meals elsewhere.

It’s worth investigating:

  • Has your cat gotten into a spare bag of cat food — or dog food — without you knowing it?
  • If your cat spends time outside, could your cat be catching mice or having a neighbor feed your cat? (Plenty of people put food out for stray cats.)
  • Do you have a guest staying in your home or a child home from college who may be feeding your cat in-between normal mealtimes without you knowing it?

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Stress-related issues

Some cats eat less (or stop eating) when they get stressed.

If your cat is stressed, you also may notice your cat is hiding more and/or you may see blood in your cat’s urine.

While it can be hard to predict what’s causing the stress, cats can get stressed from things like:

  • A move to a new home
  • A renovation project in your home
  • A house guest who is staying with you
  • A new cat in the neighborhood that’s prowling
  • A new pet in the house
  • Your travel plans

Has anything been going on that could be stressing your cat?

Mouth-related issues

There are a number of things that could be going on in your cat’s mouth:

  • Dental disease (aka, “periodontal disease”). Most adult cats have some stage of dental disease. One of the things you may notice is your cat is still eating… but your cat’s eating habits have changed. For example, your cat doesn’t want to eat wet food anymore (or vice versa with dry food). Some cats will start swallowing their food whole. They stop trying to bite into it.
  • A resorptive lesion. This means there’s a defect in the enamel of one of your cat’s teeth. (It’s similar to having a cavity.) It can be painful for your cat.
  • Trauma to your cat’s mouth or head, such as loose teeth or an injury from a cat fight.
  • Other painful conditions in your cat’s mouth. Not too long ago, our cat veterinarians saw a kitten that had chewed an electrical cord. The kitten got shocked and had sores in its mouth. (Poor lil’ thing!)
  • Cancer of the mouth. This is more common in older cats than younger cats. (Your cat may be drooling and have bad breath too.)

Systematic issues (mainly in older cats)

If your cat isn’t eating as much as he used to, there also could be issues going on in other parts of your cat’s body. Your cat may have:

  • Cat kidney disease (known as “cat renal disease”). As this disease progresses, cats get pickier and don’t want to eat as much as they used to.
  • Liver disease. Your cat may feel nauseous and not want to eat.
  • Gastro Similar to liver disease, your cat may feel nauseous and not want to eat — or be picky with eating.

Of these cat diseases, kidney disease is the most common.

“What should I do if my cat isn’t eating as much as usual?”

If you ever have questions about your cat, we always recommend reaching out to a veterinarian, but…

Let’s say you aren’t ready to contact a veterinarian yet.

Maybe you have multiple pets in your home, and you aren’t exactly sure who’s eating what!

It’s time to put on your detective hat.

You may want to confine your cat to one room (like a bathroom or a small bedroom) for 24 to 48 hours.

Make your cat comfortable with food, water, a litter box and comfortable bedding.

This way, you can observe what’s happening with your cat’s eating habits.

You also can monitor if your cat is having any urinary issues or diarrhea issues.

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Another option…

You can try to look in your cat’s mouth.

(We know some cats are more on board with this than others!)

You may be able to notice symptoms like:

  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • A bad smell in your cat’s mouth
  • A lot of tartar build-up, or
  • Loose teeth

These symptoms usually suggest a mouth-related issue.

If your cat isn’t eating and is hiding…

Or, you notice other behavior changes…

That’s usually a sign that your cat is sick and not feeling well.

When to be concerned

If cat doesn’t eat one meal and then returns to normal eating habits, this usually isn’t a concern.

But if your cat is not eating for days, it’s important to reach out to a veterinarian.

Dogs can go much longer than cats without eating. When cats stop eating, they start introducing the risk of different diseases.

Soon, you may find yourself needing to address multiple issues, rather than just the original reason your cat wasn’t eating!

Not to mention, your cat is likely is not feeling well and may be in some discomfort.

If your cat isn’t eating as much as usual and you live near Castle Rock, Colorado, we welcome your call. Reach out to our cat veterinarians at 303-688-3757 or:

Cherished Companions Animal Clinic is a veterinary clinic in Castle Rock, Colorado. Specializing in the care of cats and dogs, our goal is to help you and your pet feel more comfortable, keeping your stress to a minimum.

This article is intended to provide general guidance on why your cat may not be eating as much as usual. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact your local veterinarian. (If you live in or around Castle Rock, Colorado, we welcome your call: 303-688-3757.)

© 2020, Cherished Companions Animal Clinic, All Rights Reserved

everyday foods your dogs and cats should not have


everyday foods your dogs and cats should not have

dangerous foods for cats & dogs

Although chocolate is the most well-known of the banned foods, few realize it’s toxic for both cats and dogs. Chocolate naturally contains theobromine and caffeine, two chemicals that our pets simply cannot handle. These compounds can cause severe heart, liver, and digestion problems. As a general rule: the darker the chocolate, the greater the risk. White chocolate is the least dangerous, followed by milk chocolate; dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate are by-far the most deadly.

While many fruits are completely safe for pets, the vast majority of the pits and leaves are not. Interestingly, many fruit stems and seeds contain highly toxic compounds (such as cyanide) that our pet partners metabolize more quickly. Make sure to only give the flesh of any fruit and remove all seeds, stems, leaves, pits, and cores. This includes parts from apples, apricots, cherries, peach pits, tomato leaves/stems, rhubarb leaves, and even potato leaves/stems.

When it comes to celebrating, it can be tempting to want to include everyone in the festivities, even your party pupper or crazy kitty. No matter how tempting, giving your furry pal an alcoholic drink is a bad idea. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and cats, causing issues with vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and trouble breathing.

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According to the ASPCA, nearly all species of garlic and onions are toxic for cats and dogs; including onion/garlic powder and chives. Due to a toxin called N-propyl Disulfide, (the same compound that causes your eyes to water), these foods can lead to serious complications in four-footed creatures. This includes vomiting, bloody urine, acute weakness, irregular heart rate, and severe breakdown of red blood cells. Pay close attention to these foods during barbeques – and speaking of barbeques, don’t forget that the common condiment, mustard, is also dangerous for pets.

Though it seems obvious not to feed your pet Sweet’N Low, you would be surprised how many products have xylitol. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener found in countless candies and gums that causes subtle releases of insulin in many species. Cats and dogs suffering from insulin imbalance are vulnerable to liver failure. Avoid giving pets candy and remember to be cautious of discarded gum on the ground or other surfaces while out on walks.

Nuts are often a go-to snack for humans. Nutrient-rich and low-carb, nuts are a common weight-loss food that boosts energy while providing a good source of fiber. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for our canine and feline friends. These high-fat treats can cause upset stomach and severe toxicity, depending on the type of nut. Macadamia nuts can cause temporary paralysis!

Amazingly, grapes and raisins contain a mystery compound that causes kidney failure in dogs and sometimes cats. Despite knowing almost nothing about the toxin, veterinarians agree that raisins and grapes should be avoided at all costs. Be extra cautious of foods that like to sneak in raisins, such as trail mix, granola, and baked goods.

Although chocolate is the most well-known of the banned foods, few realize it’s toxic for both cats and dogs. Chocolate naturally contains theobromine and caffeine, two chemicals that our pets simply cannot handle. These compounds can cause severe heart, liver, and digestion problems. As a general rule: the darker the chocolate, the greater the risk. White chocolate is the least dangerous, followed by milk chocolate; dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate are by-far the most deadly.

While many fruits are completely safe for pets, the vast majority of the pits and leaves are not. Interestingly, many fruit stems and seeds contain highly toxic compounds (such as cyanide) that our pet partners metabolize more quickly. Make sure to only give the flesh of any fruit and remove all seeds, stems, leaves, pits, and cores. This includes parts from apples, apricots, cherries, peach pits, tomato leaves/stems, rhubarb leaves, and even potato leaves/stems.

When it comes to celebrating, it can be tempting to want to include everyone in the festivities, even your party pupper or crazy kitty. No matter how tempting, giving your furry pal an alcoholic drink is a bad idea. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and cats, causing issues with vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and trouble breathing.

According to the ASPCA, nearly all species of garlic and onions are toxic for cats and dogs; including onion/garlic powder and chives. Due to a toxin called N-propyl Disulfide, (the same compound that causes your eyes to water), these foods can lead to serious complications in four-footed creatures. This includes vomiting, bloody urine, acute weakness, irregular heart rate, and severe breakdown of red blood cells. Pay close attention to these foods during barbeques – and speaking of barbeques, don’t forget that the common condiment, mustard, is also dangerous for pets.

Though it seems obvious not to feed your pet Sweet’N Low, you would be surprised how many products have xylitol. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener found in countless candies and gums that causes subtle releases of insulin in many species. Cats and dogs suffering from insulin imbalance are vulnerable to liver failure. Avoid giving pets candy and remember to be cautious of discarded gum on the ground or other surfaces while out on walks.

Nuts are often a go-to snack for humans. Nutrient-rich and low-carb, nuts are a common weight-loss food that boosts energy while providing a good source of fiber. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for our canine and feline friends. These high-fat treats can cause upset stomach and severe toxicity, depending on the type of nut. Macadamia nuts can cause temporary paralysis!

Amazingly, grapes and raisins contain a mystery compound that causes kidney failure in dogs and sometimes cats. Despite knowing almost nothing about the toxin, veterinarians agree that raisins and grapes should be avoided at all costs. Be extra cautious of foods that like to sneak in raisins, such as trail mix, granola, and baked goods.

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Cats have a reputation for being fussy – but is this deserved? What can you do about a cat not eating? Read on for our expert’s tips to get your fussy cat eating enthusiastically again!

Cat not eating guide quick links

Fussy cat? We prefer to think of cats as discerning – they learn quickly what is safe, what works for them and then they stick with it.

Your cat’s eating habits

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Cats are naturally suspicious animals and new food can cause anxiety initially.

That’s okay because cats love variety, changing protein sources regularly can keep them interested, our raw cat food offers 3 different meals with a variety of proteins.

Hunting activity is ingrained in your cat’s DNA. When we take this activity away by simply providing food on a plate, this can have an impact. It can be beneficial to incorporate play, especially chasing or hunting activities, before mealtime.

Cats prefer their food at the same temperature as prey – and this is the optimal temperature to release all the lovely smells that get them salivating. Before placing their food down on a flat surface or plate, pop your cat’s meal into a bowl and place that bowl in warm water to replicate this. More on this method later.

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Cat not eating – Top tips

The following tips will help you with your cat not eating. Our advice is to work down each point with your cat.

It is important to maintain a consistent, no fuss, no stress approach to mealtimes.

Cats are private creatures who like the quiet, and they can’t always eat when they’re anxious, this is a big reason for a cat not eating. Make sure the room they eat in is peaceful and free of activity. No kids running about, no radio playing or dishwasher running. Put the food down – and then leave. Cats generally don’t like to be watched while they are eating.

Many cats don’t like their bowl placed against a wall – they like to have a 360 view while eating. Try placing their bowl under the table so that they feel safe under cover but can see all around them.

Cats don’t like their food and water to be close together, so place the water bowl on the other side of the room and make sure that neither are near the litter tray. If you have a multi-cat household, consider feeding them separately – especially if you have one who is a bit nervous or is bullied by the others.

Many cats don’t like the smell of plastic. Serve their food on a wooden board, glass, ceramic plate instead. Discover our Chomping Board.

Cats can be put off by their whiskers touching the side of a bowl or food while they eat, so another good reason for using a flat serving plate or board.

Make sure it’s spotlessly clean too – cats don’t like to smell old food while they eat. The smell of dishwashing detergent can also lead to a cat not eating. Try to use as little as possible and rinse their saucer well. Alternatively, avoid strong-smelling chemicals and clean your cats feeding equipment with a natural cleaning product such as white vinegar.

Older cats who maybe have a touch of arthritis often find eating easier if the saucer is slightly raised – try putting it on a couple of books.

Cats eat best in the early morning and late at night.

Cats are Crepuscular in nature, this means they are mostly active at dawn and dusk. Have you noticed your cat has an increased amount of energy just about the time you settle down for the evening? A great idea to give them a meal after this expenditure of energy and also pop food out around dawn. Admittedly the morning feed will be easier for you during the winter months.

Warm the food to body temperature. Cats prefer their food at the same temperature as prey – and this is the optimal temperature to release all the lovely smells that get them salivating.

Pop your cat’s meal into a glass or ceramic bowl. Place this in a bowl of hottish water long enough to bring the temperature to body temperature. Either get a thermometer to check it’s warm or place your fingers on it to feel yourself. (wash your hands after handling raw meat).

Or add a little warm water, or bone broth to the food and mix it through, however this will make the food too water heavy and cats are not great drinkers. They have a low thirst drive.

Cats are predators who have evolved to hunt, and then eat. One of the best ways to stimulate your cat’s appetite is to have a vigorous play session immediately before you feed them.

Get them chasing toys, or even a piece of string – the exercise will build an appetite and the hunting behaviour will automatically stimulate the desire to eat. Try finishing the game next to their bowl or plate.

Please remember that every cat is an individual, it will take some time to work out their preferences.

Some cats may revert back to not eating their healthy raw meals after they have been enjoying raw for a while. If this happens, we suggest reviewing the reasons your cat is not eating below to help you understand why.

You may find that going back to the basic methods of switching/transitioning your cat to raw helps in some situations. Find these switching methods in our raw cat food switching guide.

Cat not eating for over 24 hours? It is best to contact your vet.

There are different practices all over the world regarding what Muslims can and cannot eat, and often a lot of diversity within a Muslim community as well. Different Muslims themselves will also follow different practices around what they can and cannot eat. In general, however, there are some accepted foods and drinks in Islam that are widely considered forbidden.

Why Do Muslims Not Eat Pork?

In the Quran, the foods that are explicitly forbidden include the meat from animals which died of causes other than slaughter, all blood, the meat and by-products of pigs, which includes pork, lard, bacon, and pig-based gelatin, and any food ritually dedicated to a god other than Allah. This includes food which might have been offered on the altar of a different religion or used in a non-Islamic religious ceremony. These foods typically will be absent from the diet of observant Muslims around the world, in different communities and Muslim denominations. Wine and alcohol are also considered forbidden in Islam, and many Muslims will avoid these drinks (though some Muslims, especially from Turkey, have more lenient positions towards alcohol). Many Muslims will not consume food that has been cooked with alcohol, even if it will not make them intoxicated.

Impermissible food in Islam is known as ‘haram’ or forbidden, a term which applies to a broad variety of actions or practices that might be forbidden in Islam. Permissible food is known as ‘halal’ or permitted, another term which is used to describe all permitted activities in Islam. When it comes to the consumption of animals, many Muslims will only consider animals that have been ritually slaughtered to be considered ‘halal’. This includes being slaughtered by a trained religious individual, with a knife sufficiently sharp and large to meet religious specifications, and in a single fluid motion.

Permitted animals generally include animals that graze, such as: Sheep, goats, cows, chicken, deer, geese, turkey, duck, qual, buffalo, camels, and other animals which eat grass and work in the fields. Animals which are not permitted to eat include predatory animals and birds, as well as a number of insects and rodents which are considered unclean. The animals which Muslims cannot eat include: Lions, tigers, wolves, bears, monkeys, elephants, foxes, cats, dogs, squirrels, and other animals which are known to eat other animals. This concern includes birds of prey as well. As such, birds whose consumption is considered forbidden in Islam include: eagles, bats, hawks, falcons, jays, ravens, and other birds who behave in a predatory manner. Rodents and reptiles are also considered unclean, and thus most Muslim scholars consider them to be forbidden foods for Muslims. These include: Mice, rats, frogs, lizards, snakes, flies, snails, worms, and other such creatures.

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What Should You Feed a Cat
that Won’t Eat

Cats seem to have a knack for playing hard to get with their humans and still having their fur parents eating out of their paw. Every cat has their own special way of pushing their human away, only to reel them back in with their sweet eyes, gentle purr, and soft nuzzling. Cat parents are used to this feline behavior but when your cat won’t eat, that always causes fur moms and dads to worry.

Fortunately, there are both reasons that a cat won’t eat besides it being sick and ways to entice a cat to eat. If you are dealing with a cat that won’t eat, check out these reasons why that might be and the simple solutions to your cat’s hunger strike.

Reasons a Cat Won’t Eat

For most cats, mealtime is a sacred time. Regardless of whether they eat alone, at a certain time, or throughout the day, cats love to eat. For some cats, if their bowl is not filled to a certain level, they start to inform you of their impending starvation.

Therefore, when your cat won’t eat you will notice. The lack of meowing and following you around will be evident within a few hours. Of course, this is troubling to you as a pet parent and with good reason, as cats need protein to have the energy to use their fat reserves to sustain themselves. Essentially, they need to eat meat (or some kind of protein) to protect themselves from starving.

So, here are a few different reasons that make a cat less inclined to eat:

Dental Issues:


Yes, just like humans, cats can suffer from Anorexia. The symptoms of Cat Anorexia and Psydo-Anorexia are:

  • Partial or Complete Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness or Unresponsiveness
  • Yellowing of the Skin
  • Either Hiding or Spending More time with the Owner than Usual
  • Lethargy
  • Excesses Salivation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Hot External Temperature:


Again, just like humans, cats can be plagued by depression. Many times, this is a response to major changes in the household, or possibly the death of a family member or fellow pet. Cats like routine and when that routine is disrupted, they can get depressed. Here are a few key symptoms of depression:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lack of Interest in Grooming
  • Signs of Lethargy
  • Changes in Personality
  • Aggression
  • Increased Sleeping


Medication Side Effect:


This is a horrible thought for any pet parent. Unfortunately, your feline companion can come in contact with poison so it is important to know the symptoms:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Lethargy or Weakness
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Blood in Vomit, Saliva or Stools
  • Pale Gums

If you suspect poison is the reason your cat won’t eat, you need to get them medical attention immediately.


Your Cat Can’t Smell:

What to Feed a Cat that Won’t Eat

Cats are creatures of habit but like everyone else, they love treats and special attention given to their daily grub. Therefore, for most common (less serious) reasons a cat won’t eat, you can usually entice them by using one of these methods:

Turn Up The Stink: If you want your cat to notice that you are giving them something that they really don’t want to miss, make it stinky! Wet, canned food is the best for this. If you really want to go all out, seafood varieties of wet, canned food are the ticket!

Speaking of Fish: If you only have dry food for your cat but you want to try to make it more appealing, mix the water from canned tuna fish (or anchovies) in with the food to make it soft and stinky.

Heat Up Canned Food: Putting soft, canned food in the microwave for 5-10 seconds will help increase the scent of the food, which will make it more enticing. Just make sure it is not too hot!

Meat-Flavored Baby Food: If your kitty is really having a difficult time, try giving them some meat-flavored baby food. While it is probably not the tastiest treat, it might help them get some food down, which can give them the strength to get better.

Fresh Meat: Make sure you cook it first, but fresh meat can help entice your cat to eat in a way that kibble might not be able to achieve. After all, there is something primal about fresh meat and that might speak to their instincts. Hopefully, this will override their current issue enough to allow them to get some food in them. Plus, who doesn’t like a fresh meal every once and a while?

Make Sure the Bowl is Conducive to Eating: While this suggestion is more how you feed, rather than what you should feed a cat that won’t eat, it is a quick and easy fix. Some cats don’t like narrow, dirty, or big bowls. So, make sure the food is easy to get to and the dish is clean (especially if you give your cat wet food). On the bright side, this means that there is nothing wrong with your cat; they’re just picky!

In summation, as you can see, there are many different reasons why your cat won’t eat. Cats have problems, emotions, colds, and preferences just like you do. Sometimes, something gets a little tied up in the digestive process and your cat won’t eat.

Fortunately, most of the time, your cat can be enticed to at least take a few bites when you learn what to feed a cat that won’t eat. However, if your cat continues to disregard food for more than a day, even if there are no other symptoms, get your cat in to see a veterinarian immediately. A cat that won’t eat can be a serious problem and it’s up to you to help your cat before that problem gets any worse.

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If your garden or houseplants have ever fallen prey to a hungry or mischievous feline, you have probably wondered what you can do to keep cats away from your plants. While there may not be a fool-proof way to deter cats, there are plants that some cats avoid that you can safely plant in your garden. Some plants are poisonous to cats, however, so eliminate those to keep your home and garden safe for feline residents and visitors.

Why Cats Eat Plants

Many cats munch on greens, even though they are considered carnivores. According to the ASPCA website, scientists don’t have any evidence that cats get nutritional value from eating greens. One theory is that cats might eat plants to induce vomiting in order to resolve gastrointestinal problems or expel hairballs. Cats also like to play with plants or use the dirt underneath as a litter box or to roll in.

Repelling Cats

Finding a plant that repels cats might require some experimentation. Rue, lavender and pennyroyal are plants that cats typically don’t like because of their odor, but cats are unpredictable creatures and not every cat will react the same. Utah’s Best Friends Animal Society also recommends the plant Coleus canina, which is also known as a “scaredy cat plant.” Thorny roses can also be unappealing to cats.

Poisonous Plants

In addition to plants that cats dislike, some plants are actually poisonous to them. PetMD’s website lists symptom of poisonous plant consumption, including vomiting and diarrhea, mouth pain and excess saliva, and breathing trouble. Some common culprits are rhododendron, azalea, mushrooms, sago palm, buttercup, daffodil and hyacinth. Check the ASPCA’s complete list of toxic plants to make sure your plants are safe for cats.

Other Options

If you still have trouble keeping cats out of your garden or houseplants, try luring them to an acceptable alternative. Plant a small area with catnip or cat grass to attract cats to a particular spot and hopefully distract them from the other plants in the area.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435

Our Animal Poison Control Center experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Avocado is primarily a problem for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds and rabbits. Horses, donkeys and ruminants frequently get swollen, edematous head and neck.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
When ingested in small amounts, coconut and coconut-based products are not likely to cause serious harm to your pet. The flesh and milk of fresh coconuts do contain oils that may cause stomach upset, loose stools or diarrhea. Because of this, we encourage you to use caution when offering your pets these foods. Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be given to your pet.

Grapes and Raisins
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 24 to 48 hours.

Milk and Dairy
Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other dairy-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.

Onions, Garlic, Chives
These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage and anemia. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets and humans. Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

Salt and Salty Snack Foods
Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. As such, we encourage you to avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets.

Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.

Yeast Dough
Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach to bloat, and potentially twist, becoming a life threatening emergency. The yeast produce ethanol as a by-product and a dog ingesting raw bread dough can become drunk (See alcohol).

What cats cannot eat

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It may come as a surprise your cat is interested in unusual food items, provoking pet parents to wonder, “Can cats eat bananas?” Surely their mouths can gnaw and chew the soft substance. Despite the curiosity of cats with questionable food items, questions loom for pet parents around whether bananas are good, bad, or potentially poisonous to cats.

Are Bananas Good for Cats FAQs

QUESTION: Are bananas healthy for a cat to eat?

ANSWER: Bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals yet, they’re not exactly healthy for a cat’s system. Although a small amount won’t hurt, too many bananas can cause GI issues such as constipation.

As for possible benefits from bananas, a cat’s dietary needs should be outfitted with, more appropriate cat food. Cats fed a complete and balanced diet don’t need the addition of any fruits, vegetables, or grains.

QUESTION: Is the safest way to offer a banana to a cat by presenting it inside of its peel?

ANSWER: The best method to offer a cat a banana is by offering portions pre-sized for them. Refrain from offering a cat a banana peel. They’re not only a choking hazard, but they can also potentially upset a cat’s digestive tract if ingested.

QUESTION: If bananas are high in sugars and carbohydrates, is this a huge problem for cats?

ANSWER: Cats lack the enzymes required for digestion, therefore, their diet should not exceed 0-2% of carbohydrates or sugars. On the whole, cats have no need either in their diet. Thus, feeding bananas to a cat can cause problems in the long run. It’s not so much about can cats eat bananas, it’s more of if their system is capable of processing the food.

How Do I Give Banana to a Cat:

  1. Ditch the Peel: Remove the banana peel, overall, it’s not friendly to a cat’s digestive system if ingested.
  2. Cut Banana into Bite-Size Pieces: Cut off a tiny portion and slice it into appropriate bite-size pieces.
  3. Observe your Cat’s Reaction: Offer a small piece to your cat and observe if there is an allergic reactions. Mostly, symptoms present themselves moments after eating. If allergic symptoms present themselves, make an appointment with the Veterinarian.

Are Bananas Safe for Cats?

Can cats eat bananas? Sure, but a cat can also potentially experience an allergic reaction from eating even a small portion of a banana. Pet parents who choose to feed a banana to their cat must watch closely for an allergic reaction. If your cat experiences an allergic reaction after eating a banana, consult a Veterinarian.

Banana Allergic Reaction Symptoms in Cats:
– Itching of the mouth and throat.
– Itchy rash
– Skin or mucosal swellings.
– Narrowing of the throat.
– Wheezing.

Are Bananas Beneficial to a Cat?

While bananas aren’t toxic to cats, they aren’t necessarily easy for a cat to digest. On the positive side, a cat’s health could benefit from the fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and folate in bananas – only if not consumed to excess. Bananas, while nutritious for humans, are not so much for a cat. Especially since the sugar content of bananas is not necessary for a cat’s diet.

  • Full of Potassium: This mineral helps a cat’s health by aiding the heart and kidneys. However, too much potassium in a cat’s body is just as dangerous as insufficient amounts.
  • Folate-rich: Folate or folic acid helps to metabolize proteins in a cat’s body and builds new cells.
  • Ample Supply of Fiber: While bananas have fiber, which makes a cat regular, too much of it can also cause diarrhea. Generally, when a cat eats a banana, they’ll only absorb the dietary fiber.

Cat Eating Bananas: Side Effects

While bananas are non-toxic to cats, on the other hand, they can still negatively affect your pet’s health.

How can Bananas Negatively Affect a Cat’s Health:
– Provoked weight gain via the bananas sugar and carbohydrates, could lead to obesity.
– Spiked blood sugar levels could lead to diabetes.
– Fiber, when ingested in large amounts, can cause diarrhea.
– It’s a struggle to digest plant-based foods.
– Vomiting, flatulence, and abdominal pain.

Do Cats like Bananas?

Can a cat eat bananas, more or less, yes. Yet, a cat can’t taste sweetness resulting from a lack of a genetic need to develop that.

Being carnivores, cats require meat and protein. Bananas are essentially a sugary fruit. In the long run, a cat’s tongue doesn’t particularly notice the fruit’s sweetness.

If your cat likes bananas, then they are genuinely a curious creature. Care to treat your pet? Overall, cats do enjoy a frozen banana as a homemade summer treat and it’s easy to make at home.

Bananas are among the most nutritious fruits. However, when considering whether to share a banana with a cat, understand that too banana can upset the cat’s stomach and stir up health issues.