Dangerous And Toxic Food For Cats


All chocolates contain the ingredient theobromine which poses a threat to a pet’s health. Consuming chocolate can lead to vomiting, diarhhoea, heart arrhythmias and seizures for your cat.

Raw dough and alcohol

Raw dough is toxic as it produces ethanol as the yeast ferments the carbohydrates in the dough. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal to cats and can cause severe kidney and liver damage.


Coconuts are very high in potassium and can cause digestive issues when consumed in large amounts.


Cats can become lactose intolerant once they are adults and can no longer digest milk. Dairy products can also cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

The Allium family of vegetables

The Allium family of vegetables contains disulfides and thiosulphates compounds which can damage a cat’s red blood cells. The most common vegetables in this family are onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, chives and scallions.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits including lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges can cause vomiting, diarrhea and issues to the central nervous system.


Caffeine can lead to rapid breathing, heart palpitations and muscle tremors.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure in cats and dogs.


Large amounts of salt can cause sodium ion poisoning.


All nuts should be avoided as they are too high in oils and fats which cause digestive issues and possible pancreatitis in cats.


Xylitol is a common sweetener that can lead to vomiting, lethargy, and liver failure in pets.

Raw fish, raw meat and raw eggs

Raw fish, raw meat and eggs can contain the bacteria, Salmonella which causes food poisoning. Raw eggs also contain a protein called Avidin, which interferes with a cat’s ability to absorb biotin. Biotin is important for a cat’s fur and skin health.

Tips for preventing your cat from eating toxic foods

  • Keep human food off the tabletops and out of your cat’s reach.
  • Store food in sealed containers and in cabinets. Use cat-proof locks if necessary.
  • If you have other animals, ensure their food is not left out uneaten.
  • Do not feed any table scraps.
  • Keep your cat busy and out of the kitchen when you are cooking.
  • Make sure your cat is receiving a complete and balanced diet of appropriate cat food.

If your cat has eaten something they shouldn’t have, take your cat to the vet immediately. If you’re unsure of what your pet can and can’t eat, always seek advice from your vet.

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