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Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

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    Make sure you know what NOT to feed your cat!

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    Caffeine
    Large amounts of caffeine can cause caffeine poisoning, and unfortunately there is no antidote.

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    Sugar
    Eating too many sugary treats can have the same effect on a cat that it does on a human.

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    Dough
    Eating bread dough before it is baked, will do the same thing in your cat's stomach as it does in the oven. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the cat's abdomen and cause a lot of pain.

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    Onions and Garlic
    Any form of onions and garlic can destroy a cat's red blood cells and lead to anemia.

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    Candy and Gum
    Candy and gum contain xylitol which makes the foods sweet. This chemical can cause an increase in the insulin in the cat's body. Which can cause your cat's blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure.

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    Raw Eggs
    Feeding your cat raw eggs increases the chance of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella and E Coli.There is also an enzyme in raw egg white that interferes with the absorption of a the B vitamin biotin.

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    Trimmed Fat
    Trimmed fat from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause the intestines to become upset in cats and the bones can splinter and cause an obstruction to your cat's digestive system.

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    Grapes
    Grapes and raisins cause kidney failure in cats but it isn't clear as to why. Just a small amount can make your cat sick.

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    Alcohol
    Alcohol has the same effect on a cat's liver and brain as it does to a human's liver and brain. Only two teaspoons of whisky can cause put a 5-pound cat in a coma, and one more teaspoon could kill.

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    Dairy Products
    Surprisingly, most cats are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive system can't process dairy foods.

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    Dog Food
    Dog food should never be substituted for cat food. Cat food has more protein and certain vitamins and fatty acids that cats need.

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    Tuna
    Cats become addicted to tuna. Whether it's packed in a can, or tuna for humans. Too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.

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    Liver
    Eating very small portions of liver from time to time is okay, but feeding your cat too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity which is a serious condition that can affect the bones of your cat.

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    Chocolate
    Normally, cats won't eat chocolate by themselves, but their owners can talk them into it. The agent in chocolate is theobromine. This is in all kinds of chocolate. The smallest amounts of chocolate can cause your cat to become very ill. Larger amounts can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

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    Raw Meat
    Raw meat and raw fish can cause food poisoning from Salmonella and E Coli, but the risk is higher because there are more choices of meet and fish that can bring different harmful bacteria. There is an enzyme in raw fish that destroys thiamine, which is an important B vitamin for your cat. A lack of this B vitamin can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma.

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    Common Medicines
    Ingredients in common medicine taken by humans such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine to us but, they can be deadly for your cat.

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