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Safe and Unsafe Foods for Cats

Cats are notorious for being finicky. Many of our feline pals have a habit of begging for dinner right meow, only to turn their cute little noses up at what is put in their bowls. However, not all kitties are that fussy. Some will eat pretty much anything and everything, including pizza, donuts, and French fries. While it’s fine to give your furball a treat, it’s important to stick to safe foods. Many of our favorite foods are toxic to cats! An East Dallas, TX vet lists some safe and unsafe treats for kitties in this article.

Unsafe Foods

Never give Fluffy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Since these things are often used as seasoning, you’ll have to be extra careful here. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe. Other dangerous foods to be aware of include chocolate; alcohol; pitted fruits, especially avocado; raw meat or dough; mushrooms; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; caffeine; meat on the bone; xylitol; and anything fried or high in fat, salt, or sugar.

Suitable Snacks

Plain, boneless, uncooked meat, fish, or poultry is at the top of the list here. Canned tuna or chicken in water is another purrfect snack. Sodium-free broth is also fine, as is shredded deli meat. You do want to limit fatty meats, such as sausage and bacon, however. They can cause pancreatitis, which is a very dangerous health issue.

Fruits and Veggies

Kitties are carnivores, so your furball’s diet should be mostly meat. However, Fluffy can have a little bit of spinach, steamed broccoli, cooked peas, bananas, or melons as a treat or ‘side dish.’

Dairy

We can’t really discuss cat treats without talking about dairy. The iconic image of kitties lapping up milk is a popular misconception. The truth is, most of our feline friends are actually lactose-intolerant. While some can tolerate small amounts of milk, you’re really better off giving Fluffy cat milk, which you can find in stores.

Store-Bought Treats

There are a few things to keep in mind when buying treats, aside from simply your pet’s ‘purrsonal’ preferences. Get into the habit of reading labels. Opt for things that contain mostly meat, fish, or poultry. It’s also best to choose produce with ingredients you can actually identify.

Please feel free to contact us, your local East Dallas, TX vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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