Foods to Avoid for Cats

Here are some helpful suggestions when it comes to feeding your cat.

  • Repeatedly adding raw eggs to a cat’s diet can cause a deficiency of the vitamin biotin. Symptoms of biotin deficiency include dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), loss of hair, and stunted growth.
  • Repeatedly adding raw fish to your cat’s diet is not recommended. Some raw fish can cause a deficiency of the vitamin thiamine.
  • Table scraps will not provide cats with the balanced diet they require. Ideally, table scraps should not be offered at all. Owners who do offer scraps should make them count for no more than 10% of their feline’s daily food intake.
  • Although cats may enjoy meat, it is not a wise choice for your cat’s diet. Raw meats may contain parasites, cooked meats can be high in fat, and neither offers a sufficient balance of nutrients to sustain kitty day to day.
  • Raw liver, fed daily in large quantities, can cause vitamin A toxicity in cats. This is particularly true if given in conjunction with a complete and balanced diet, already containing ample vitamin A.
  • Small soft bones (such as pork chop or chicken bones) should never be given to cats, as they may splinter and lodge in her mouth or throat.
  • Supplements are rarely necessary when a normal, healthy cat is being fed a complete and balanced pet food. However, factors like table scraps feedings, inconsistent exercise, or stressful changes in routine can leave cats with special nutritional needs.