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Pet lovers like to treat their animals as members of the family, but giving your cat a little treat can lead to health issues, so you need to be aware of the six most dangerous human foods for cats. There are a few misconceptions about what cats can and can’t digest. For example, a lot of people still believe that cats like drinking milk even though most cats are lactose intolerant. Cows’ milk can leave cats with stomach cramps and diarrhea, but the six human foods looked at here can have bigger ramifications for your cat’s health.

Chocolate

There’s no better treat for a person than chocolate but it’s poisonous for cats. That’s because the delicious brown stuff we all enjoy eating is full of methylxanthines. If your cat eats chocolate, the symptoms include muscle tremors, abdominal pain, and a high body temperature. If you think your cat’s eaten chocolate, look for vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst. Your cat could suffer from a seizure so make sure you don’t expose your pet to chocolate.

Alcohol

No responsible pet owner is going to give their cat a sip of alcohol but a split drink could be lapped up by your cat. If a cat ingests some alcohol, they will vomit and have diarrhea. They’ll be disorientated and have trouble breathing. Your cat will tremor and could fall into a coma as a result of ingesting alcohol. If that happens, there’s a good chance your cat will pass away. If you think your cat’s ingested alcohol, take it to the vets immediately.

Grapes and Raisins

A grape could easily fall onto the floor and into the eye line of a cat, but there’s a very real danger to the cat if they consume grapes or raisins. Even the smallest amount can cause vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, but they’re the least worrying symptoms. A cat that eats grapes could end up with kidney failure. Even the smallest amount will make your cat ill so make sure raisins and grapes are out of your cat’s reach.

Onions

Take care when chopping onions so that you don’t unwittingly leave slices that your cat could ingest. Onions, garlic, scallions and shallots damage a cat’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. They’re normally only poisonous if taken in large quantities but be careful not to expose your feline friend to concentrated forms of garlic and onion. Even an onion soup mix can be poisonous to a cat. Your cat will be lethargic, weak, and have a reduced appetite. You might also notice pale gums, and the cat’s urine will be an orange to red color.

Raw Eggs

Your cat could contract salmonella or E. Coli if they consume raw eggs. Your pet will be lethargic, and diarrhea and vomiting will soon follow. Both salmonella and E. Coli can be transmitted to humans so make sure you wash your hands well after cooking. Keeping your cat away from raw food is a good way of protecting them from salmonella and E. Coli, but you should also keep them away from raw bones as they can choke on them.

Raw Fish

Cats love fish, but it’s not safe for them. Raw fish can poison cats because of the bacteria carried within it. Raw fish also takes the vitamin thiamine away from your cat, which it’s essential for them to maintain. If the vitamin’s missing, the cat can have neurological problems. If your cat’s ingested raw fish, they’ll lose their appetite. Seizures and death are the worst possible outcomes of a cat eating raw fish.

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