Like any pet, cats are curious about what their humans eat, and in many cases, they will do what they can to steal that food. This may look hilarious, but it can be dangerous for the cat if it grabs something toxic. If you are a cat owner, you have to be aware of what foods are toxic for your cat. Our veterinarians at Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach can give your cat a checkup if you think it ate something it shouldn't have.
Toxic and Potentially Toxic Foods Abound
Toxic food often smells good to cats or contains an ingredient that they crave. For example, alcohol is very toxic to cats; do not leave cups of beer or glasses of wine or liquor sitting around. Alcohol can cause neurological and gastric problems for cats. Unfortunately, because many cat treats contain brewer's yeast, cats may be curious about that yeasty-smelling beer.
Many foods that are toxic for cats are also toxic for dogs, such as grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, and xylitol. Some are not necessarily toxic overall but can be problematic, such as bread. Plain bread isn't toxic, but garlic bread would be. Also, too much bread can be bad for the cat's gastrointestinal health. Unbaked yeast dough can be downright dangerous as the yeast can make the bread rise, or expand, in the cat's stomach.
Do You Have Concerns about Something Your Cat Has Eaten?
Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach has knowledgeable veterinarians who know about toxic food for cats and can give your cat appropriate care. Even small amounts of toxic food could cause health issues in your feline furry friend. Call our team today at (714) 845-5722 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.