Cats aren’t generally as prone as dogs to get excited about human food, but they are curious creatures by nature and one of the ways they explore their environments is through their tastebuds. Never underestimate what cats will put in their mouths. Not only do cats have very sensitive stomachs that can get upset by unfamiliar foods, but many human foods can be toxic.
Keep the ASPCA’s Poison Control Hotline on hand in case of an emergency.
#1 – Chocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine and Theobromine, both of which can be highly toxic to cats, even in small amounts. Chocolate can immediately cause vomiting and diarrhea, and may cause long term problems for your cat’s heart and nervous system.
#2 – Onions, garlic, and chives
The sulfoxides and disulfides in onions and garlic can cause damage to your cat’s red blood cells, ultimately causing her to become anemic.
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