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9 Foods You Should not be feeding to your cat

It has been scientifically proven that cats do not have sweet tasting receptors known as Tas1r2 and Tas1r3. This is not today’s topic; however, sometimes we feed our cats with human food, things we eat and drink like tomato, milk, icecream…we might be thinking that we are actually giving them healthy treats, but we are harming them.

This article will provide types of food that you should never give to your cat.

1- Milk and dairy products

Most cats if not all of them are lactose intolerant. Although they might like the taste of milk, but it is really causing harm to their stomachs as it can cause diarrhea and intense vomiting. If your cat is feeling thirsty, just give it tap water instead of milk.

2- Chocolate and candy

Chocolate and candy are generally not advised to be fed to cats for two given reasons. 

The first one is that chocolate itself is made of ingredients that are indigestible to cats, caffeine and theobromine. Once a cat eats chocolate, the components become toxic and can even cause liver failure in worst cases. While candy is as unhealthy for cats as for humans, it is loaded with sugar and its tiny bits can cause them to choke.

3- Raw meat and fish

Excessive raw meat consumption by cats can cause severe diseases as it contains micro bacteria that is immune to antibiotics and any sort of medical solutions. The fat in meat can cause severe inflammation of the pancreatitis, which is called pancreatitis.

4- Raw eggs

Raw egg is another food that you should never feed to your cat, and here is why. 

Raw eggs contain a bacterium that largely affects cats’ intestines and can cause bloating. Also, the protein that is in eggs is hard for cats to absorb causing vitamin deficiency. Experts suggest that eggs should be mixed with other cat food and should be cooked as well.

5- Garlic and onions

Even a small amount of these foods can be very dangerous to cats. Eating onions, garlic, and chives makes them develop hemolytic anemia and their red blood cells become fragile. In this case, cats will feel breathlessness, abdominal pain, and have discolored urine.

The smallest amount of foods such as onion, garlic and chives can cause very extreme effects on your cat. They can cause hemolytic anemia leading in the fragility of red blood cells, the symptoms can range from breathlessness, abdominal pain to discolored urine.

6- Grapes

Grapes and raisins are yet the most health snacks for humans, but the story is rather different for cats. These fruits can cause severe kidney failure because of intoxication leading to serious kidney disease. The true reasons behind this is still unknown.

7- Yeast

Some people are feeding yeast to their cats as it is rich in B-vitamins and protein, that is true to some extent. But, live yeast is so dangerous for cats as it blocks intestines and makes food digestion really tough.

8- Nuts

Nuts are very healthy for us as humans for the high fat and protein levels, but the story is quite different for cats. Cats cannot  easily digest nuts for the high fat levels leaving them with stomach problems and vomiting 

9- Tomatoes

Tomatine is a chemical substance that is only found in unripe tomato, in stems, leaves and tomato skin to be exact. This substance can cause appetite loss and even blindness.  

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  1. If your cat has had an FVR infection, you should keep her indoors to prevent spread of this infection to other cats in your neighborhood. There is no cure for herpesvirus infections. The therapeutic goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of recurrences. Most cats respond well to medical management of the condition and lead normal lives. Minimizing the chance of infection, ensuring excellent nutrition by feeding a veterinary-recommended diet, reducing stressful situations, and following an appropriate vaccination schedule are your cat’s best defense against this disease.

  2. Preventing direct contact between your cat and other cats will greatly minimize the chance that your cat will pick up an infection, while following good sanitation and hygiene practices, such as washing your hands thoroughly before and after petting another cat, will further reduce the likelihood of disease spread between cats. Cat bites are puncture wounds that can cause bacterial infections with Pasteurella multocida that can spread within the tissues or into the blood stream. Any bite should be cleaned immediately and assessed by a physician as soon as possible, as antibiotics are frequently needed to treat infection. Your doctor may recommend vaccination with tetanus or rabies prophylaxis. Your doctor will report any bite to the local health department and your cat will have to undergo a quarantine – the length of which depends on their rabies vaccination status.

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