Word of the Day – Monday, April 16th
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According to wikiHow:
Many cat owners feel obliged to give their feline friend a treat when they notice their cat's pleading look at mealtimes. While giving your cat a piece of your food may be fine as an occasional treat, it's important to know what you're feeding your cat, as well as how to feed them safely and in ways that counter against the formation of bad habits. Doing so will ensure that your cat will get to stay happy and healthy while eating a small treat!
Feed your cat table scraps with caution. It's highly recommended that you don't feed your cat scraps, as cats need a balanced diet just like humans do, and table scraps don't give them the nutrients they need. Additionally, feeding your cat too many scraps can cause weight gain, pickiness, and other feeding problems, and certain foods are also known to cause illness or even death. It's recommended to give cat treats rather than human food to your cat, and to do so in moderation, with treats making up less than 5% of their diet.
•Even if you do choose to give your cat table scraps, remember that this is not a substitute for cat food. Your cat's food, whether store-bought or homemade, will have to be nutritionally balanced to avoid illness.
•Avoid giving kittens table scraps, as this can lead to them developing bad feeding habits. If you want to give your kitten a treat, give them a small cat treat, not human food.
Recognize what foods are never safe to feed to cats. Some foods can cause potentially life-threatening illness or even death to your cat, so it's incredibly important to be aware of what you're feeding them. Foods that could make your cat very ill or cause death are:
•Alcoholic food or beverages
•Grapes and raisins (can cause liver failure)
•Caffeine (such as soda, coffee, or energy drinks)
•Chocolates or other sweets, including anything with xylitol
•Yeast dough (can cause stomach pain as the yeast rises, in addition to alcohol poisoning as it ferments)
•Bones (these can be choking hazards, or splinter and damage the digestive system of your cat)
•Rotten food and garbage (can cause food poisoning)