Toxic Pet Foods

Most pet owners have heard the phrase 'killing your pet with kindness.' Human foods are often fed to pets by owners who can't resist sad eyes and affectionate leg rubs. But cats have different metabolisms than humans, and should not be fed certain foods.

Here's a list of typical human foods that can be harmful to your pet's health:

  • Alchohol - can cause intoxication, coma and death.
  • Baby Food with onion powder - can create nutritional deficiencies.
  • Poultry/Fish Bones - can obstruct/tear the digestive system.
  • Chocolate - affects the heart and nervous system.
  • Caffeine - rapidly speeds the heart/nervous system.
  • Citrus Oils - may cause vomiting.
  • Fat trimmings - can cause pancreatitis.
  • Grapes and raisins - damages kidneys.
  • Hops - can cause panting, increased heart rate/temperature, seizures and death.
  • Macadamia nuts - affect digestive and nervous systems and weakens muscles.
  • Marijuana - depresses nervous system, can cause vomiting/dangerous heart rates.
  • Dairy Products - dogs and cats can't break it down.
  • Mushrooms - can cause shock and death.
  • Onions and Garlic - can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
  • Pits/Cores of Fruit - may obstruct the digestive track.
  • Potato/Rhubarb - can affect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
  • Raw Eggs - can lead to skin/coat problems and Salmonella poisoning.
  • Raw Fish - too much can cause vitamin B deficiency, loss of appetite, seizures and death.
  • Salt - may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
  • Sugar - leads to obesity, dental problems and diabetes.
  • Nicotine - affects digestive/nervous systems, rapid heart beat, coma and death.
  • Yeast dough - produces painful gas, can rupture the stomach/intestines.
  • Pine needles or drinking water from a Christmas tree - can cause diarrhea, vomiting, mouth sores and appetite loss.
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