Saturday, June 12, 2010
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By: Anna B O`Brien
We all use to be guilty of it. Admit it. We have given our cat table scraps from our plate. You love your cat. Showing that you love him/her is usually by giving into what they want.
When your cat is begging for a piece of turkey or any other goodie on your plate you do what all animal lovers do you give in and let your cat have what they want.
The only problem with doing that is you may be giving your cat food that could be harmful to cats.
First, it is best to train your cat not to be at the table when you or anyone else is eating. It is just good manners. You do not want to have company and have your cat begging at the table.
The main reason for not feeding your cat table scraps is much more important, and here is why.
For example: you are having a turkey dinner. Is their gravy on your turkey and do you feed a piece of that turkey to your cat.
You could be harming your cat.
Many types of gravy have onion-flavored broth and onions like garlic and other root vegetables are among the list of foods that cats should never eat.
Potatoes that are raw as well as green tomatoes also can be harmful to your cat. So when peeling potatoes if any fall on the floor make sure your cat does not get a hold of it.
Tomatoes that are green are harmful especially the stems and leaves. They contain toxins that are dangerous for cats. Unlike ripe tomatoes, those have no danger to your cat.
I think by now we know that chocolate is just plain bad for animals. It is deadly for dogs and cats. Keep it away from all pets.
We have all seen movies and read books where people put out a saucer of milk for cats. That is wrong and should not be done.
I am not saying that milk is toxic or dangerous to cats. It just does not have a purpose for cats that have a healthy diet.
It can have side effects for them that are extremely uncomfortable.
In addition, many cats are lactose-intolerant and milk can make them have diarrhea and an upset stomach.
There are products on the market designed for cats that are better for them then milk. One such product is called Catsip. It is available in many supermarkets and has better nutritional value for your cat. Therefore, if you have a cat that just loves milk try this instead.
Last two foods that may cause harm to your cat are grapes and raisins.
They seem to have an adverse effect on many cats, so the ASPCA has recommended that you keep these two foods away from your cat.
Therefore, when your cat comes begging give him/her a treat that was made for cats. There is any number of healthy treats available now that you can safely give that will make your cat happy and you will not have to worry about toxic side effects.
Remember our pets think we know what we are doing and depend on us to keep them safe. That is the least we can do since we are so fortunate to have these wonderful animals in our life.
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