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post #31 of 42
but my cat hates raw meat i tried to give her some but she won't even touch it. and i have to try to give her some vegtables, it will be a new taste for her.
post #32 of 42
well .... there are lots f peole who will say "don't ever give your cat anything but cat food".... and then there are those who will tell you some thing else...

the best thing to do is just print out this list, and put it on your fridge -
and then you'll have better idea of what to feed and not to feed, because there are no hard and fast rules about treating, just be aware of the toxic stuff and you avid that and you should be fine.

Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to cats. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Canned tuna (for human consumption) Large amounts can cause malnutrition, since it lacks proper levels of vitamins and minerals.
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous system.
Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
Dog food If accidental ingestion, will not cause a problem; if fed repeatedly, may result in malnutrition and diseases affecting the heart.
Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
Grapes and raisins Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.
Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
Large amounts of liver Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.
Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other dairy products Some adult cats and dogs do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for cats.
Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.
Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
Raw fish Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.
Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
post #33 of 42
next it will be grizzley salmon and I think it is one pump
i saw that stuff, they wanted an arm and a leg for it but it looked good.
post #34 of 42
Thread Starter 
i dont agree with feeding raw there are lots of arguments against it. do your research, look at both sides, and then make your own decision. there IS nutrients in cooked chicken though.
post #35 of 42
i am also looking into raw feeding.... but i agree that as a treat you do not have to make sure that it is raw because your cat is getting a balanced diet elsewhere.
post #36 of 42
We give our dog leftovers (spoonful with evening dog food meal) but you should avoid spicy, salty, or over seasoned foods. Also a big no-no is ONIONS (for either).

Our cats get boiled chicken, cooked beef, string beans, cottage cheese, regular cheeses, and my rex LOVES salads - lettuce!
post #37 of 42
Originally Posted by wookie130
Well, I generally don't provide any people food for my cats...they have their food, and darn it, I'm not giving them mine!!! On the rare occassion I make tuna sandwiches or salad, they'll each get a sliver of tuna.

But I have heard that plain nonfat yogurt is good for their digestive systems!
I was beginning to think I was the only one who did not feed my cats people food!! they have cat food and cat treats...I do not eat their food so why should they eat mine..LOL
post #38 of 42
I don't give my cat people food either, although the fact that she is pretty much uninterested in it makes it easier.
post #39 of 42
My cats get a variety of people foods.

Mostly deli meats/cheeses
Fresh Turkey breast
Fresh Chicken Breast.
Tuna in a can

These cats LOVE
French fries and Doritoes.

We make it a habit of keeping the fries and doritoes away from them, but sometimes if they are persistant, they'll grab one and run!
post #40 of 42
The main food that I have to watch out for is frozen shrimp. As soon as I throw them in the colander and run water on them, zakk comes out of nowhere, jumps up and starts "fishing". I usually unpeel one, which he plays with until it defrosts and then he eats it.
Lately I've been eating laughing cow cheese and sometimes I give zakk and cookie just a tiny little taste b/c they are interested. Also sometimes just a taste of cooked chicken or meat. That's it.
Oh, and I've caught Zakk licking hubby's plate after he ate spaghetti, because hubby uses tons of cheese and a lot was left on his plate.
post #41 of 42
Originally Posted by jaycee
i dont agree with feeding raw there are lots of arguments against it. do your research, look at both sides, and then make your own decision. there IS nutrients in cooked chicken though.
I didn't agree with any of the arguements about not feeding raw as they didn't make any sense to me. But it's always going to be a personal decision. I know people that choose to feed their cats the no name $1.29 for 50lb bags of catfood and they're happy with that. It's up to everyone to make their own decision. The Pettenger study was pretty conclusive on the value of cooked chicken vs raw chicken. But that's an extreme case where they were only fed cooked chicken and not supplimented. You can feed your cat water if you add all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes to it. But that seems awfully complicated to me.
post #42 of 42
Had to add.

My kitty hendrix is a people food snob. She does not like foods she would have to chew. Like take a lot of effortto chew. So Like chicken, or meat? no shes not interested.

She does like dairy. When we are eating cereal, or anything cheesy and creamy she will beg. She is a big fan of ice cream too. However I don't like dealing with runny poo so she gets that very seldom.

If it does not smell good, like does not have a strong smell she is not eating it.
Bread is out of the question.

I will try a little bit of yogurt thought.
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