Because They’re Such Finicky Eaters, We Sometimes Think Cats Know What’s Best For Them When It’s Time To Eat.
You May Be Surprised To Learn They’re Don’t And Some Of The Most Common Food Items We Have In Our Homes Can Kill Your Cat.
Since their bodies are growing and changing every day, kittens require a higher nutrient content in their food than do adult or senior cats. Their activity level is greater than an adult cat, which means they require more calories.
In the middle of their lives, cats still require a formula specifically tailored to their life stage. If adult cats eat kitten food, they risk ingesting too many calories and gaining extra weight; if they eat senior food, they might not get enough calories.
As they age, cats’ activity levels decrease, and their nutrient requirements change; for instance, they require more fiber and water to ensure their digestive tract maintains proper functionality and health.
16 Things You Should Never Let Your Cat Eat Or Drink
Tuna #1 Of 16
Cats can be addicted to tuna, whether it's packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won't hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won't have all the nutrients a cat needs. And, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.
Onions, Garlic, Chives #2 Of 16
All plants in the onion family can cause anemia in cats. Whether raw, cooked or even powdered, onions contain compounds that can break down a cat’s red blood cells, causing anemia. An accidental nibble or two of an onion or bit of garlic is okay, but if your cat begins exhibiting signs of lethargy or vomiting, immediately consult a vet..
Milk Or Dairy Products #3 Of 16
While some cats may love the taste of milk and happily lap it up, adult cats are mostly lactose intolerant and milk can cause digestive upset and diarrhea. A cat’s digestive tract is unable to process lactose found in cow’s milk. If you find your cat loves cheese and other dairy products like yogurt and their stomach can handle them, cheese can be given as a treat occasionally and in small amounts.
Alcohol - #4 Of 16
Cats can get drunk, but at extreme risk to their lives. As little as a teaspoon of alcohol can put an adult cat in a coma, and more can lead to death. If your cat likes to dip her paws in your wine, there are completely non-alcoholic cat-safe wine alternatives so you can safely drink wine with your cat!