Human food can be toxic to cats, and your cat will obtain all of the vital nutrients if you feed and provide complete and balanced cat food. Also, it's important to provide fresh water every day.
This means there's no need to add any human foods to its diet, such as milk or raw fish, which cats aren't supposed to eat. If you observe any symptoms, such as a dull coat or dry, itchy skin, it could be solved by changing its food. Consult your veterinarian to see if switching its food is necessary.
Here are SEVEN foods that you should not feed your cat:
You've undoubtedly seen cats drinking milk in cartoons, but once they've been weaned from their mother's milk, they may not be able to digest it effectively. Lactase is an enzyme that breaks down milk proteins and sugars.
Lactase is present as long as cats consume milk. When cats stop drinking milk and then start again, there isn't enough lactase to digest the milk proteins and sugars properly, which might cause diarrhea. Milk contains sugars that cats can't digest effectively, resulting in loose feces.
If left untreated, this might lead to weight loss. Cats and kittens require balanced food and fresh water after 10 weeks of age. Milk isn't a suitable replacement for cat food or water.
2. Raw Fish
Raw fish is not suggested for cats as a meal or a treat. Even sushi-grade fish, which is normally considered safe for human consumption, can contain bacteria and cause foodborne illness in cats. A thiamine deficiency is caused if your cat eats raw fish frequently, including herring and cod. Moreover, neurological issues can result such as convulsions.
You can serve cooked fish or choose cat food with fish to include more protein in its diet.
3. Raw Eggs
Cats can consume fully cooked eggs, which are high in protein and amino acids, but they can't eat raw eggs. Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and other dangerous symptoms, can be found in raw eggs. Uncooked eggs can stop cats from absorbing biotin, resulting in a deficiency that causes skin inflammation, hair loss, and slow growth.
Remove any bones from the meat before serving it to your cat as a nice (cooked) treat like fish or chicken. Small bones can get stuck in your cat's mouth or throat, causing significant harm.
Chocolate includes methylxanthines (theobromine and caffeine), which are toxic to pets and can result in vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and death. The amount of methylxanthines in different types of chocolate varies. White chocolate is the least harmful, while cocoa powder is the most dangerous.
6. Excessive Supplements
Supplements should not be required for healthy cats who eat a well-balanced diet. However, your veterinarian may advise you to take a supplement to aid with certain problems. To avoid vitamin toxicity, follow the supplement instructions or the veterinarian's guidelines.
7. Table Scraps
Out of sheer curiosity, some cats may try to steal table scraps from you. Avoid giving her any of the foods listed above, and keep in mind that treats and cat-safe table scraps should account for no more than 10% of its total daily calories.
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