Prohibited foods for cats

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It has been perfectly proven that good food for cats can increase their life expectancy.

However, sometimes we tend to give them leftovers of our food thinking that we are giving them away more and so that they do not always eat the same.

However, we are making a mistake and that is that these foods are clearly harmful to cats that could lead to negative consequences for their body.

Human food does not contain even half of the nutritional properties that these cats need to survive. At Best for Pets we can help you choose the best food for your cat.

If you still do not know what is the forbidden diet for cats, we encourage you to read our list of the 12 foods that you should never give your cat.

Fish entrails: There is a false belief that they are naturally fishy animals and this can lead to fatal errors in their diet.

Par excellence, raw fish is one of the most harmful foods for your cat. Despite the fact that the cat is a carnivorous animal by nature, raw meat and excess offal could cause muscular paralysis, also known as Chastek’s palsy.

In addition, the thiaminase it contains destroys vitamin B, and the histamine it also contains can cause allergies.

Likewise, fish contains bones that can cause perforations in the esophagus and intestinal obstructions.

Lastly, raw fish contains a parasite called anisakis, which can cause cat stomach upsets.

Onion: Onion, like leeks or chives, is also a bad food for cats because it destroys their red blood cells and can cause hemolytic anemia.

Chocolate: Sweets are toxic foods for cats that, if consumed in large quantities, can be truly lethal for them by accumulating in the blood.

Similarly, chocolate contains theobromine and the cat’s metabolism lacks sufficient capacity to eliminate this substance.

Theobromine causes rapid heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, systemic failure, coma, and in some cases, death.

Dark chocolate is the worst of all, since it contains the most theobromine.

Coffee and tea: Exciting drinks like these accumulate in the cat’s liver and it is more difficult for them to eliminate.

Also, just like with humans, coffee can make them more nervous and upset and therefore is not a good food option for cats.

Yeast: Yeast can cause severe damage to the cat’s intestines because, once it has been consumed, it expands in its stomach and can break it.

Avocado: It is a fatty and fleshy fruit that generates accumulations of fluids in the tissues of the cat’s heart, which could also cause diarrhea, vomiting, shortness of breath and, in the worst case, death, due to a toxin it contains called Persin.

Raisins and Grapes: The nutritional properties of both foods may contrast sharply with your specific needs. What’s more, its consumption could cause kidney failure in the long term.

Milk: Milk in general is poorly digested by adult cats, which causes diarrhea and intestinal problems.

We have always understood that cats like milk and feel good, but what we do not know is that all cats are lactose intolerant and ingesting it can be harmful to them.

Although there are cats that this food feels good, it is advisable to offer it in small quantities and sporadically.

Chicken bones: Bones that can splinter easily also fall into the prohibited category, since they can cause tears and intestinal obstructions.

To make sure you don’t eat them, we personally take care of shredding the cooked chicken or fish with your fingers so you can eat your favorite food, even if it’s on this list.

Salt: If you eat little salt, it prevents saline debris from the kidneys from accumulating and causing urinary problems.

The specific cat food that we sell has the right proportion of salt, but if you want to provide a culinary extra on a timely basis, you can give it low-salt york ham or turkey.

Of course, the cat with cardiovascular problems must avoid the consumption of salt to keep its disease under control.

Alcohol: It seems unthinkable that someone would want to give their cat alcohol, but unfortunately some do.

Alcoholic beverages are really harmful to your cat’s health and the consequences can range from urinary incontinence to death.

Plants: The plants that we have at home can be harmful to them, such as oleanders or lilies.

The kittens, being very agile and skilled, can easily reach them and we must do everything possible so that they do not reach them because they pose a serious danger to their health.

Cat Feeding Precautions

Tuna: Cats love tuna and many people will be surprised to see this food on the list. Canned tuna for human consumption lacks taurine, an essential component for the cat that it cannot produce naturally. It also contains sodium and mercury in large quantities that your cat will not be able to metabolize. If necessary, it is better to provide your cat with fresh tuna and not canned.

The best option is to bet on tins of wet cat food that contain tuna – already prepared for them – one of the star products of Best for Pets.

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It is advisable that cats only take special food for them, whether wet or dry.

At Best for Pets you can find cat food that meets the needs of each cat and its different life stages.

Depending on whether you are losing weight, have an illness or are convalescent after an operation, we can provide you with one or another type of cat food that will help you maintain good health.

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By Lee Chun Hei