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Food to be avoided

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FushandChups · 28/11/2013 16:27

By glancing at a few threads on here, has made me realise that there is lots for me to learn as a new cat owner.

Would anyone be able to anyone advise me on food which she must not eat. I presume chocolate and saw raisins elsewhere but anything else?

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cozietoesie · 28/11/2013 16:45

Onions and garlic etc, cow's milk, avocado (which they love, surprisingly) - all to be avoided.

I think, on balance, that your best bet is to feed only good quality cat foods and if you want treats, use ones designed for cats. The odd bit of chicken or meat isn't going to harm them but table scraps are generally not a good idea in my view - not only because they may contain dodgy items or be nutritionally unbalanced but because it encourages cats to think that human food is OK for them and might lead to bad thieving behaviour.

So much human food is charged with hidden additional fat, sugars and salt, as well, that I reckon it's generally safer to steer clear of it on those grounds alone.

(Not a lot you can do if they catch supplementary meals 'on the hoof' of course - and some people give raw food diets although that requires a lot of work.)

Fluffycloudland77 · 28/11/2013 17:13

Sometimes it's "hidden" things like chive and garlic in cheeses.

Lillies are poisenous too.

FushandChups · 28/11/2013 21:03

Thank you...

Presume fresh fish is ok in moderation but what about tinned fish ie sardines or tuna?

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FushandChups · 28/11/2013 21:04

And cows milk Shock I thought cats liked milk! Do you avoid it completely or offer soya or something like that?

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Fluffycloudland77 · 28/11/2013 21:17

Water only I'm afraid.

I've given tinned fish but its probably something to eat in moderation due to added salt.

FushandChups · 28/11/2013 21:20

Haven't ever given her milk (but only had her 3 days Smile) so shall definitely not be offering her that!

Good point about the salt...

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Fluffycloudland77 · 28/11/2013 21:28

Chicken livers (frozen) are a good treat in moderation. Too much is bad for them but my childhood cats went mad for them.

Current cat thinks it vile but is partial to fondant icing Confused

cozietoesie · 28/11/2013 21:36

Cats do like milk - especially if it's chilled. (Seniorboy has been known to steal it from a pint mug left injudiciously on the floor.) It's just not good for them.

sashh · 29/11/2013 06:47

They love ham, but because of the salt content it should only be a rare treat or not given at all.

I give in occasionally because Her Mistyness will climb up me to get ham, crying piteously.

The vet said not to worry about the free range sparrows and mice because they use almost as much energy catching them as they get from the meal. I'm not convinced.

My main problem is that she has persuaded 2 different neighbours to feed her.

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