Is your cat asking for your food while you’re eating, and even begging for some? Of course, it is so cute and fuzzy that you simply can’t resist giving it a bite of your food, and that can sometimes be alright. However, there are some foods that you should never give your cat, especially as some human foods can cause gastrointestinal and several other problems. Now, since you love your cat and don’t want it to get sick, you should teach it that the food eaten at the table is only meant to be eaten by humans, while they can fully enjoy their own food from their bowl.
Although there are some human foods that won’t threaten your cat’s health (such as small portion of cooked vegetables or fish), but you should definitely check with a vet if a food you’d like to give to your cat is safe for its consumption.
The following foods, on the other hand, are completely out of question, and you should never feed your cat with them.
1. Canned tuna
Canned tuna is perfectly fine for human consumption, and cats seem to love eating it too. In very limited amounts, tuna doesn’t have to be a hazard for a cat, but too much can harm its health. Although fish contains good amounts of protein, there are several factors that affect the way cats can react to this delicious human food.
First, many cats, believe it or not, are allergic to fish. Moreover, tuna is not nutritionally full, meaning that it lacks vitamins and minerals which are expected to be contained in canned tuna. Another problem with tuna is that it contain high levels of mercury, which is more accumulated in the fish the older and larger in size it is. This means that eating tuna fish regularly can lead to mercury poisoning, as it accumulates in the body of a cat and doesn’t go out in any way.
Tuna also contains high levels of unsaturated fats, which are safe for humans, but in cats it can lead to vitamin E deficiency if consumed in large amounts. A vitamin E deficiency can further lead to fatty tissue inflammation which can be very painful for cats. Therefore, keep the tuna for yourself.