Surprising Things That Are Poisonous to Cats

Shelley Wenger

You might be amazed at what could cause harm to your beloved cat.
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Most people know that cats and dogs can’t eat everything that we do. In fact, most people know that they should avoid giving their dogs chocolate. Many well-informed owners also know to be careful with their houseplants when they have cats. Aloe vera and lilies are very poisonous to cats. 

However, that isn’t everything. Here are some things that you can’t give to your cat. Some of these may surprise you.

Chocolate is also bad for cats. Though chocolate can be just as toxic to cats as it is to dogs, it isn’t as well-known. However, it can cause serious ramifications to cats, including the risk of seizures and even death. Lucky for most cat owners, their beloved pets aren’t as interested in eating it like the dogs in their lives!

Caffeine should also be avoided. Caffeine is a stimulant for cats, just like it is for us. This can cause heart problems, seizures, and even death. Just like chocolate, most cats aren’t interested in eating anything with caffeine, so it shouldn’t be something that you have to worry about, unless you have an inquisitive cat! 

Garlic and onions should be avoided. Most cats aren’t going to reach for the garlic and onions when it comes to eating. If you season your meat heavily, you are going to want to make sure that you keep it away from your cat. These tasty treats may be hard for them to walk away from, so they could accidentally find themselves dealing with a toxicity. These can cause lethargy and weakness, along with vomiting. Some cats struggle with digestive issues and anemia when they get into garlic and onions. 

Grapes, raisins, and currents can also cause problems for your beloved feline friends. Though these are good food for us, they can be potentially dangerous for your cat. Within twelve hours, your cat could start vomiting. After twenty-four hours, you may notice weakness and abdominal pain. It will make those with kidney problems even sicker! Death can occur from eating grapes and raisins. 

Just like you don’t want to leave chocolate and caffeine out for your dog, you will want to do the same for your cat. Though they aren’t as quick to eat them as dogs are, inquisitive cats will eat almost anything, including things that aren’t good for them! You should also keep garlic and onions away from cats. It might be a good idea to cut back on your seasoning in case your cat can’t resist the piece of meat that you leave on your plate. Grapes, raisins, and currents should also be avoided.


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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