15 Human Foods That Are Toxic To Cats

by Carole John

Human Foods That Are Toxic To Cats

It is very tempting to want to share put food or snacks with our cats; however, not all are safe for them. Some of the human foods are toxic to cats. Below is a list of 21 foods you should avoid feeding your cats as they can harm them. 

1. Chocolates

Chocolates are number one at the list of foods that the list of human foods that are toxic to cats.  Chocolates contain methylxanthines specifically caffeine and theobromine. These substances are harmful to pets, and they can result in vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures and, worse off, death.  The concentration of these substances vary from different types of chocolates. 

Human foods that are toxic to cats
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2. Nuts

Human Foods That Are Toxic To Cats

The second on our list is nuts. Macadamia nuts are poisonous to pets. However, the exact mechanism of toxicity is not known yet. Other types of nuts that are rich in oils and fats, such as pecans and almonds, can result in digestive upset and can also result in pancreatitis in cats.

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3. Salt

Salt is another human food that is toxic to cats.  It can result in cats vomiting, having diarrhea, seizures, tremors, and, worse off, the death of pets. 

Toxic foods to cats 

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4.Onions and Garlic

Poisonous Food to Cats

Onions and garlic should not be fed to cats as they are poisonous. They contain compounds that damage their red blood cells and can result in anemia. This includes onions and garlic in their raw form, cooked, or powdered form.

Poisonous food to cats
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5. Alcohol

Human Foods That Are Toxic To Cats

Alcohol is also on the list of poisonous human foods to cats. Alcohol can result in severe intoxication in cats, which affects their coordination in breathing and can result in them going into a coma or, worse, death.

Poisonous food to cats
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6. Grapes and Raisins

These can result in kidney failure in cats resulting in symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and lethargy. 

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7. Caffeinated Beverages

Like chocolates, caffeinated beverages such as tea, coffee, and energy drinks have caffeine which can cause harm to cats. 

Toxic human foods for cats

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8. Xylitol

Human Foods That Are Toxic To Cats

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is food in a lot of sugar-free products, including, baked goods, gum and candies. It can result in a rapid release of insulin in cats which then results in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) 

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9. Raw Eggs

Raw eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria which is harmful to cats. Signs of the infection include fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. They also contain avidin, an enzyme that gets in the way of cats being able to absorb biton. Biotin is a vitamin that is important for both skin and fur health. 

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10. Raw or undercooked meat

Like raw eggs, raw or undercooked meat can be contaminated with E.coli bacteria and Salmonella. It can lead to gastrointestinal problems in cats such as diarrhea. 

Foods cats should not eat
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11. Raw fish

Similar to raw eggs and raw meat, raw fish may contain Salmonella and E.coli bacteria which are harmful to cats. 

Foods cats should not eat
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12. Bones

Cooked bones, particularly the small ones can splinter and cause choking, obstruction, or even internal injuries when ingested by cats. 

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13. Citrus fruits

Human Foods That Are Toxic To Cats

Citrus fruits such as limes, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and clementine contain citric acid and essential oil, which, if ingested by cats, can cause problems. They should be avoided. If ingested in large amounts, it can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and depression of the central nervous system. 

Food that harm cats
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14. Liver

Too much liver is toxic to cats as it can result in vitamin A toxicity. This can affect the cat’s bones. Symptoms include bone growths on the elbows and spine, deformed bones, and osteoporosis. 

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15. Yeast Dough

The yeast can rise and lead to a lot of gas formation in the cat’s digestive system. The stomach can them become bloated and painful. 

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