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- Toxicity - (Human Foods Poisonous to Cats)

Which [Human] Foods are Toxic to Pets?

Watch as Dr. Clayton Greenway, DVM speaking for HealthCareForPets.com discusses household foods that are toxic to our pets and clarifies any common misconceptions. He discusses the dangers of foods like: 

  • chocolate
  • caffeine
  • chives
  • onions
  • garlic
  • alcohol
  • avocado
  • grapes
  • raisins
  • yeast dough
  • macadamia nuts
  • xylitol (sugar substitute)

Other websites also list:

  • milk and dairy products - including cheese and yogurt
  • dog food
  • raw eggs
  • green tomatoes
  • raw, green potatoes and the plant leaves and stems
  • coffee, tea and energy drinks
  • fat trimmings
  • too may treats
  • your medicine
  • currants
  • raw liver
  • citrus and citrus oil extracts
  • coconut and coconut oil
  • nuts (walnut, macadamia, etc. - including peanut butter)
  • mushrooms
  • cherries
  • fruit with pits (peach, cherry, avocado, apricot, etc.)
  • rhubarb leaves
  • nutmeg
  • seeds, including apple seeds
  • chewing gum
  • hops
  • moldy foods
  • mustard seeds
  • salt
  • sugar
  • tobacco

Also... go to Dr. Greenway's website (linked above) to learn about the '18 Common Houseplants That Are Poisonous to Cats and Dogs.'

Additional Serious Information: Read Michael Broad's article in PoC titled 'The Top 10 Cat Poisons in the USA and Lilies are in the Number 1 Spot'.

13 human foods that are actually harmful for cats - and some may surprise you

12/7/2019  "Most cat owners are guilty of feeding their feline friends from their own plate - but what foods shouldn't you feed them?" "Milk, bread and fatty meat are among the potentially harmful foods that shouldn't be fed to cats, according to experts." - NorthWalesLive

10 Foods You Shouldn’t Give to Your Cat No Matter How Pitifully It Asks

10/23/2019  "Cats can’t taste sweet things. Also, some foods are not only tasteless to them, but are also very dangerous to their health. So while we think we are being good owners, we might actually be harming them. There are foods that are even poisonous to our cats and we need to pay attention to them because it is always better to be safe than sorry." - Bright Side

9 Toxic Foods for Pets

10/22/2019  "Toxic foods for pets. Nobody can resist a dog’s big loving eyes and adorable grin. And your cat’s loving purr and that sweet little rub against your leg. A little treat won’t hurt, right? Wrong. There’s plenty of human-safe grub that will have adverse effects if it finds its way inside your pet’s mouth, and this food is more common than you think. Your furry friends are opportunists at heart, especially when tasty treats are involved. But the fact is, not everything that humans can eat is automatically good for them." - VeggieConverter

Human Foods That Are Toxic for Cats

10/03/2019   "Some cats will beg and plead for human food, especially when they see you eating. Giving your cat any table scraps or tidbits of human food is a dangerous practice that should not be encouraged for multiple reasons. First, cats need the nutrients that are specifically provided for them in good, premium cat foods, and any "extras" that they consume will take away their appetites for their regular meals." - TheSprucePets

Foods Cats Can't Eat

undated  "Have you ever wondered whether it’s safe for your cat to eat the leftovers they have their eye on? While cats are typically fussier than dogs and seem to know what they want, they don’t always get it right – sometimes cats will want to eat things that aren’t good for them. When that happens, it’s important for owners to understand which human-food their pets can and can’t eat." - PetsAtHome

- Toxic Plants & Flowers -

Beware of Plants & Flowers Toxic to your Cat(s)

Many plants and flowers are highly toxic, poisonous, and even fatal to cats.

Read this important article from PETMD titled Poisonous Plants for Cats. Plants add color, texture and beauty to your home and yard, but some plants are toxic for your cat(s).

Additionally, Jasmin Bedria from CatLadyFitness.com has a webpage about this subject which includes a video.

IMPORTANT: Emily Parker, from catological lists 470 plants that are dangerous for cats.

Just Some of the Plants & Flowers Toxic to Cats:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.)
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Mum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen spp.)
  • Daffodils, Narcissus (Narcissus spp.)
  • Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia spp.)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Hyacinth (Hyacintus orientalis)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.)
  • Lily (Lilium sp.)
  • Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • Pothos, Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish Thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip (Tulipa spp.)
  • Yew (Taxus spp.)


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