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There are certain fruits and vegetables forbidden for cats. Cats are strictly pure carnivorous animals, they are not omnivores like other animals or the human being can be. Your digestive system is able to digest animal foods without problems, but vegetables are not conducive to your body. However, there are fruits and vegetables that in small doses can provide vitamins lacking in protein diets of animal origin.
Knowing the vegetable foods that in small quantities can be suitable for cats is very convenient. Although the really important thing when we want to offer our little companion a homemade diet is to know perfectly what are the forbidden human foods for cats. Therefore, if you continue reading this AnimalWised article we will point out the fruits and vegetables forbidden for cats and its toxic effects for our feline pets.You may also be interested in: Recommended fruits and vegetables for cats Index
- Harmful fruits for the cat
- Harmful vegetables for cats
- Let's not experiment with the cat
Harmful fruits for the cat
All fruits carry sugar, that in itself it does not suit cats. But in small amounts, some can be beneficial because they provide nutrients and vitamins that are absent in meat diets. In AnimalWised we have an article where we report on fruits and vegetables suitable for cats in small quantities, ¡Do not miss it!. But since the purpose of this article is to point out the fruits and vegetables that are prohibited for cats, because they can make them seriously ill, we will detail them below..
List of harmful fruits for cats
The main forbidden fruits for our cats are the following:
- Grapes and raisins They are fruits that can cause kidney problems in our cats. Its intake is prohibited.
- Avocado. This fruit (it is not a vegetable) is very fatty, and despite its texture the cat may like it, it should not be given under any circumstances. It can damage your pancreas, just like fried foods and spicy sauces. In addition, avocado contains a substance called persin, which is toxic to cats and other animals such as dogs..
- Banana and banana. The ingestion of these fruits causes spectacular diarrhea in felines. You have to watch out because cats like its taste.
- Oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits and all citrus fruits in general cause stomach upset in cats. The luck is that its flavors do not tempt the feline palate.
Harmful vegetables for cats
In the same way that there are some vegetables that cooked and in moderation are suitable for consumption by our cats, there are others very harmful vegetables for your health. Similar to some plants that are toxic to them, there are vegetables that are very harmful to our cats, even if we supply them boiled and in very small quantities. Therefore, below we will point out the worst vegetables for the health of our cat.
List of harmful vegetables for our cats
The most harmful vegetables for the health of our cats are:
- Onion. Onion contains a product called thiosulfate that in cats can cause anemia because it destroys the red blood cells of the animal's blood.
- Garlic. Garlic also contains thiosulfate, but in less quantity than onions. It is not so dangerous but it is not recommended either.
- Leeks, shallots, garlic, etc. All of these vegetables cause the same problem that occurs with onions and garlic..
- Raw potatoes and other raw tubers. These raw foods contain an element called solanine, very bitter and toxic to people, cats and other animals. Fortunately, with the cooking of food, this toxic is completely eliminated and they are suitable for cats in small proportions.
- Tomatoes. Tomatoes are related to potatoes, since they are plants of the nightshade family. Consequently, they also contain solanine, the bitter toxin. It is not advisable to plant tomato plants in a garden where our cat walks, since it could be purged with tomato leaves that are also toxic.
Let's not experiment with the cat
Cats, by the characteristics of their short intestinal tract With which Mother Nature has endowed them, they should only eat animal protein, that is, meat and fish. It is true that their vitamin deficiencies are covered by ingesting plants that, apart from purging them, complement their diet. And it is also true that sometimes, as we do, they make mistakes and ingest a toxic plant. For this reason, provide healthy vegetables for them in a small percentage (10% to 15%), it is not an error. But let's not pretend to turn our cats into vegetarian animals because they will never be..
Do not give them vegetables allowed in excessive amounts, not every day. Only occasionally and as a complement. Finally, we do not provide them with any new vegetables of which our veterinarian does not guarantee their safety for our cat..