Part 1: Human foods that can harm your cat

Be mindful of the foods you're letting your cat consume.

As a cat owner, there may be human foods you feel like sharing with your furry friend, but it's important to differentiate between the harmless and the hazardous. In this series, we'll cover both foods to avoid and ones you can share with no worry.

Here are a few foods that can harm your feline:

1. Garlic
According to Banfield Pet Hospital, the allium species of plant – garlic falling under the category – is extremely toxic to your cat. Consuming garlic can damage its red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

2. Caffeine sources
Chocolate, coffee, tea and other sources of caffeine contain theobromine, which causes vomiting and diarhhea. Pet Education said it's also toxic to the nervous system and heart.

3. Raw, canned or cooked fish
Eating large amounts of fish can result in a B vitamin deficiency, which can cause a lost appetite, seizures and can even lead to death.

4. Alcohol
This might seem like an obvious one to avoid, but Vets Now said even just a tablespoon of alcohol can result in severe liver and brain damage for your furry friend.

5. Fat trimmings
Excess fat can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis for your cat.

6. Raw meat and eggs
Because there's a risk of salmonella and E. coli, raw meat and eggs can be detrimental to your cat's overall health.

7. Bones
If your cat rummages through the trash and consumes left over bones from fish, poultry or other meats, its digestive system is at risk. Bones lacerate and obstruct the body during the digestive process.

Preventative measures
The easiest way to prevent your cat from consuming these foods is by keeping them out of reach. Be sure to warn visiting friends and family of the dangers of feeding these items to your furry friend to avoid a potentially harmful or fatal accident.

If your cat does consume one of these toxic foods, contact your veterinarian immediately. He may suggest a medication to relieve temporary aches and pain, then advise you to bring your furry friend in for an emergency visit.

This content is provided by the pet experts at Hartz®. Before you invest in a new chew toy, biscuit or treat for your companion, turn to us for top-of-the-line advice and tips.

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