Bobby is waiting for his pet "safe" treat!

Bobby is waiting for his pet “safe” treat!

Many people want to give their pets human foods and they can as long as they are aware of the human foods that are not safe for pets.

So you ask “What Foods Are Bad For My Cats?”

Below are a few foods you should most definitely not allow your cat to come in contact with.

Chocolate – cannot say this enough! Keep it away from your cat! This particular treat for humans is extremely toxic for our pets. And being that cats are much smaller than an average dog, the levels are all the more dangerous. The toxins in chocolate can stay inside of your pet for two or more days. Don’t play the guessing game. Every pet is different. And every chocolate bar is too! Don’t risk your pet’s life by thinking “they only ate a small amount, they will be fine”.

A milk chocolate Hershey’s Bar contains 1.5 oz (43g) of chocolate.

A regular Toblerone Bar contains 3.5 oz (100g) of chocolate.

A giant Toblerone Bar contains 14 oz (397g) of chocolate.

A single Hershey’s Kiss contains 0.2 oz (5.7g) of chocolate.

This link will take you to a toxicity calculator for your pet. Keep it handy. Just say forget about it to Fido’s food – Tidbits here and there should pose no problem. However your kitty needs his own food to supplement his diet. Cats require taurine in their diets. Deficiency of this amino acid can lead to retinal degeneration and even blindness. Dog and cat foods are specially formulated for each pet. Make sure your kitty is eating a good quality Cat food daily. Discuss your cat’s needs with your vet.

Skip it! Raw fish and eggs – Cooked eggs can be quite the wonderful treat, offering much needed protein to your cat. However uncooked they pose a serious health risk of salmonella. Raw fish can cause tapeworms, which are killers to their red blood cells. Not to mention the oil in canned tuna, which can lead to fatty tissue.

Keep reading….it could save your cat’s life!!

Milk, Mushrooms and Pork… Oh my!! – While these may not appear on the toxic offender list above, there are still many dangers lurking about. Did you know that many cats are lactose intolerant? If your kitty craves lapping up some milk from time to time try supplementing lactose free specially formulated milk for your cat.

Mushrooms from your local store are not any danger to your cat, however the ones growing in your yard are. If kitty is used to grubbing on mushrooms inside, he won’t have any clue that the ones in his backyard could kill him. Skip the shrooms altogether! And pork…… What can we say about a lovely piece of bacon? Your kitty may be screaming at you to cave in and share some with him but please don’t. Hot dogs and bacon contain a preservative that is lethal to your kitty. Sodium nitrate. And the fat in pork is one of the highest you will find in meats. This will clog up your kitty’s blood vessels faster than you know. Sorry, kitty but no pork for you!

Keep these important warnings in mind when you decide to add a kitty to your family. Also, remember to keep your veterinarian’s contact information handy.   If you have any questions about your pet’s and food toxicity, please call us at Guardian Pet Sitters in The Colony Texas.

Contact the Animal Poison Control if you need to at 1-888-426-4435.