Q: Fruits and Veggies?
I know grapes are bad for dogs and cats I need to know what fruits and veggies are bad for cats so that I don't end up giving them to Shorty cause he loves his veggies and his fruit two of the main ones I wanted to know about are ruhbarb and pineapple Shorty really loves his veggies I know this is a good thing but I don't want to end up giving him something that could hurt his tummy?
May 18, 2012
Cats are obligate (meaning "strict) carnivores. They lack the enzymes to break down and utilize plant-based proteins. So, even though it's okay to give them a little nibble every now and then, eating too much of any veggie or fruit will cause tummy upset and possible diarrhea. Here's a list of fruits and veggies that are dangerous to cats (and dogs).
Blackberries, Chokeberries, Elderberries,and Rhubarb plant and fruit are toxic and can cause convulsions, kidney failure, tremors, hyper-salivation, and death.
Potatoes are also unhealthy for cats if they are green or if their skin is sprouting. They contain solanine, which develops with exposure to light - one reason to always keep potatoes in a cool, dark place. They can cause problems the brain and intestines, even death.
Spinach can create problems in a cat's urinary tract.
Tomatoes - Some experts say they are toxic to cats. Others say that the fruit of the tomato isn't toxic, but that all the other parts of the tomato plant are. Since they can't agree on what causes the toxicity, it's better to be safe than sorry and avoid them.
Apple seeds contain cyanide. The fruit is okay, but be very careful in preparing it.
Apricot, Peach, Cherry, Plum, and Persimmon stems, leaves, and seeds contain cyanide and can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Raisins and Grapes can be poisonous to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and kidney damage.
Avocados can be potentially damaging to pets' hearts. The Guatemalan variety in particular has been called toxic to pets. This is true for every part of the avocado.
Macadamia Nuts can cause vomiting, lethargy, hyperthermia, abdominal pain, stiff joints, lameness and tremors.
Moldy Foods have varied effects on pets including vomiting and diarrhea.
Mushrooms - Different types can have varied effects on pets such as, depression, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, tearing, hallucinations, defecation, liver failure, seizures, drooling, urination, kidney failure, heart damage, hyperactivity and in some cases, death.
Mustard Seeds can have varied effects on pets.
Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Chives, and all related root vegetables can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. Worse, onions, and to a lesser extent the other similar type veggies, can destroy red blood cells and cause a certain type of anemia called Heinz Body Anemia.
Potato Leaves and Stems, Raw or Green Potatoes, and Tomatoes: Can cause severe lower GI problems, nervous and urinary systems.
Citrus Fruit, oils, peels (grapefruit, lemons, oranges, limes, etc): Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and photosensitivity.
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