Food Your Cat Should Never Eat

By Valdette Muller| September 13, 2016 | Blog

sh_thingscatscanteat_sj_01Some foods that we readily enjoy can prove to be hazardous to cats. Some may cause only mild symptoms, whilst others may cause severe illness and in extreme cases can even result in death.

These are some of the foods that should NEVER be given to cats:

  • Any alcoholic beverage – can cause intoxication, coma and even death.
  • Onions, chives, garlic in any form – can break down a cat’s red blood cells causing anaemia.
  • Milk and other dairy products – can cause mild to severe diarrhoea as many cats are lactose intolerant.
  • Grapes and raisins – may cause kidney failure.
  • Raw meat –  Often causes vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Caffeine – In large quantities can prove fatal. In addition to tea and coffee, caffeine is found in chocolate, cola drinks and energy drinks as well. It is also an ingredient in cold and cough medicine and in some pain medication.
  • Chocolate – can be lethal for cats. Theobromine is found in all kinds of chocolate, the most dangerous kinds for cats are dark and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating chocolate can cause tremors, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and even death.
  • Diet foods – Many contain the sweetener xylitol. It can cause a cat’s blood sugar to drop, and symptoms include vomiting and loss of coordination. In extreme cases liver failure can occur.
  • Bones – may cause choking and any ingested splinters can cause obstruction or lacerations to the digestive system.
  • Raw Eggs – Contain an enzyme called avidin, which interferes with the adsorption of vitamin B.  This may cause skin and coat problems for a cat. Raw eggs may contain Salmonella which will cause a nasty dose of food poisoning.
  • Dog food – an occasional bite is not harmful, but dog food is not suitable for cats. A diet of dog food will leave a cat severely malnourished.
  • Too many treats – over indulgence has the same affect on cats as it has on humans, leading to obesity and diabetes.


No matter how careful you are, it’s possible your cat may find and ingest something that it shouldn’t. Always keep the telephone numbers of your local vet and an after-hours emergency clinic at hand.


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