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It is always confusing and scary trying to figure out what different foods our pets can and cannot have.
At times, we might wish that our pets could just eat the same foods that we can.
Unfortunately, this is not the case, and it leads to a lot of stress trying to figure out what kinds of foods we can feed to our pets.
The last thing any owner wants is to realize that their cat just ate something dangerous to them.
So, what can cats eat? Today, I am going to go over some of the foods that your cats can and cannot eat.
Foods Cats Cannot Eat
Before I get into the answer on whether cats can eat honey, let us look into what honey is composed of.
Honey is made when bees collect nectar from flowers. The nectar is stored in honeycomb after being broken down into parts of sugar.
These sugars are called fructose and glucose.
The issue is cats cannot very easily digest fructose or glucose. At least not the same way humans can.
They simply cannot digest it very well. You may have heard that honey is beneficial to cats, but the side effects that come with your cat eating honey are just not worth the risk.
If your cat does eat honey, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and just an upset stomach in general.
Now, honey is not toxic to cats. Some cats do not have any negative reactions to honey, if it is a small amount.
However, it is impossible to know how well your cat will be able to handle honey unless you give it to them, and this just is not recommended.
Before you consider giving your cat a little bit of honey, you may find that a regular cat treat will make them much happier.
If your cat does have a little bit of honey on accident, though, it is not poisonous to them. It just means you should watch them carefully to see how they react to it.
Here is another well-known food that humans love to eat.
Most people know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and it can be fatal if they are not taken care of straight away.
But what about cats? Can cats have chocolate? Or should it be avoided?
Well, it turns out chocolate can be lethal to cats as well as dogs.
Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine. Theobromine is toxic to cats, and if they ingest this, it can end in death.
Another part of chocolate that is bad for cats is caffeine.
Even a small amount of caffeine can lead to restlessness, vomiting, high blood pressure, and seizures.
Whether your cat ate cocoa powder, or a piece of a chocolate bar does not make any changes in the effects.
If your cat has eaten chocolate, you should contact your vet immediately. The sooner you can get your cat emergency care, the better.
Cats drink the milk of their mothers when they are still kittens.
It is not uncommon to think of milk as a tasty treat that all cats enjoy. However, milk is not as good for your cats as you may have been led to believe.
Do you remember how cats cannot digest fructose or glucose? Well, there is something else that cats cannot digest very well.
Lactose. That’s right. Believe it or not, adult cats are lactose intolerant.
While lactose is a very important sugar for kittens to have, it loses its necessity as your cat ages.
When that cute little kitten is weaned off of their mother’s milk and onto dry food, this is when they should no longer be drinking milk at all.
When cats drink milk and they cannot digest the lactose it contains, a stomachache is not the only result.
Your cat could end up vomiting or having diarrhea. Neither of which are pleasant for you nor your cat.
The next time you consider giving your cat a bowl of milk, it would be a much better idea to just stick with plain old water. Your cat will prefer it.
Now, this may come as a surprise, but cats cannot eat grapes.
They cannot eat the raisin form of grapes either. Why not? Grapes can give your cat issues with their kidney.
If you think your cat has eaten grapes or raisins, you should take your cat to the vet immediately.
Your cat could be in danger of kidney failure because of these foods.
You should watch out for if your cat vomits, has diarrhea, loses weight, seems lethargic, does not pee, has a reduced appetite, or any other signs that your cat is not feeling well.
In the end, it is just an overall good idea to keep grapes and raisins away from your cat.
You may think that cats can eat raw meat. Wild cats eat raw meat all the time, don’t they?
It should be completely natural for your cat to be able to eat uncooked meat. Despite this being natural for cats in the wild, it is not all that healthy.
You would be better off avoiding giving raw meat to your house cats. What is the reason for this, though?
It does not make a lot of sense given that cats are natural-born hunters.
It all comes down to the kinds of bacteria that can be found in meat when it has not been cooked.
These bacteria can give your beloved cat food poisoning, which is not something you want your cat to have.
Raw fish specifically can contain an enzyme that will destroy thiamine. Thiamine is essential for your cat’s survival.
It is a form of vitamin B, and your cat could end up with neurological damage or even in a coma without it.
If you do want to give your cat something special, consider just buying a can of wet food that was formulated for your cat.
On that note, what can you give your cat that is not bad for them?
Foods Cats Can Eat
If you want a treat that your cat can safely eat, you can use oatmeal.
Your cat can eat plain oats without any consequences, though this does not guarantee that your cat will enjoy them.
If you want to give it a try, you can make homemade treats for your cat with oatmeal starring as one of the main ingredients!
It is healthy and cheap. There are plenty of recipes that are fun to make which include oats.
So, if your cat gets into some oats or you decide to give your cat some as a treat, do not worry.
It is safe. Just remember that this is a treat and not a regular part of your cat’s diet.
A less surprising treat that your cat is going to love would be salmon.
Cooked salmon, that is. You may want to refrain from giving salmon to your cat raw.
As mentioned earlier, raw meats can be dangerous to your cat. Luckily, once salmon is cooked, it can be much more beneficial to your beloved feline.
It contains omega-3 fatty acids while also being a great source of protein.
So long as this does not become a daily snack, this is a wonderful alternative to something that could be potentially harmful, like honey.
Another safe food you can give to your cat is pumpkin.
If your cat seems to have gut issues, pumpkin can be a good natural remedy.
Not only is pumpkin high in fiber, but it will also be a very tasty treat to your cat.
Pumpkin is another ingredient that can commonly be seen in homemade cat treats.
If you want treats that you can make from home where you know all the ingredients that go into them, this may be a wonderful choice for you.
Your cat will be very happy with your decision.
Raw eggs are dangerous to your cat, so if you want to opt for this option as a treat, make sure the eggs are cooked.
If you would not feed these eggs to another human, do not give them to a cat.
Cooked eggs, though, are a great alternative to some of the unhealthy foods mentioned above.
They are, like salmon, a great source of protein, and they are full of vitamin B as well.
Last, but certainly not least, you may find that your cat loves chicken.
Chicken is yet another amazing source of protein, and your cat will certainly enjoy the taste.
Much like the other foods, though, any chicken that you give to your cat should be thoroughly cooked.
You should also give the chicken to your cat without the skin and make sure there is not any fat on the meat.
Fats are not very good for your cat either, so you should avoid them when you are giving these different treats to your cat. Nevertheless, your cat will love this tasty treat.