Ever seen a cat really enjoying a bowl of milk, other than in cartoons? No, right!? Well, cats are inherently very picky eaters. They always seem to know what’s best for them, and they are right most of the time. Cats need to be trusted with their food choices, and if they say no to milk, then NO it is.
Well, there is actually a scientific reason as to why you should avoid giving milk to your cat. Cats are inherently lactose intolerant. Lactose is the name of the sugar that is commonly found in milk. Young kittens, when dependent on their mother’s milk is able to digest lactose. However, as they grow up, they slowly stop producing the enzyme Lactase that is responsible for the digestion of milk or lactose. That is why as kittens grow up into cats, they are unable to digest milk.
1. Tuna: They might even get addicted to tuna, however, tuna does not have all the nutrients that cats need and a steady tuna diet can lead to malnutrition.
2. Onions and garlic: Onion is dangerous for a cat, whatever form it might be in. The nutrients present in onion are known to cause anemia in cats. Garlic can upset their stomachs.
3. Alcohol: Please do not get your cat drunk. A small teaspoon can be fatal for your cat.
4. Grapes: Treating your cat with grapes can lead to vomiting and subsequent kidney damage.
5. Caffeine: Caffeine poisoning can occur if the cat is given a large enough dose of caffeine. It causes heavy heart palpitations with may turn fatal.
6. Chocolate: All kinds of chocolate contain theobromine. The most dangerous kind is dark chocolate. This ingredient is fatal for a cat. It may cause seizures and death.
7. Candy: A sweetening agent called Xylitol is used in candy which increases the insulin levels in a cat’s body. This may lead to liver failure.
8. Raw eggs and meat: The bacteria content in raw eggs may cause poisoning and a certain protein present in raw eggs hinders the absorption of vitamin B and damages their skin and coat.
I hope that with this information you are better equipped to care for your pet. But, no matter however careful you are, there might be cases of emergency. It is advised to always keep the contact numbers of your vet handy.
Being your cat’s best friend is all that you can actually do; a very wise man had once said “No one can actually own a cat. It is the cat who owns you.”