Holiday and Party Foods That Can Cause Severe Illness
- Alcoholic Beverages Please make sure to keep your pets away from any and all alcoholic beverages. Pets can become seriously intoxicated from even small amounts of alcohol.
- Salty Foods such as sauerkraut, cabbage, sausage, and corned beef are not good options for your cat. Eating too much salty food in one sitting can cause sodium ion poisoning in pets.
- So Many Meals use Onions and Garlic as base ingredients both of which might be toxic as well. While those ingredients might infuse the meal with a lot of flavor, garlic and onions can be poisonous to dogs and cats.Garlic, onions, chives, and leeks are members of the Allium plant family, which, if ingested by a cat and in a high enough amount, can cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and an elevated heart rate and respiratory rate. Cats are especially sensitive to garlic and onion toxicity.
- Chocolate contains theobromine. It is in all forms of chocolate, and most concentrated in dark chocolate and unsweetened cooking chocolate. Chocolate ingestion can cause heart problems, muscle tremors, or seizures. Chocolate also contains caffeine.
- Fat Trimmings, Raw Meat, Raw Eggs, Raw Fish. Can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or a painful condition called pancreatitis (from excessive fat) and there is a risk of Salmonella or E. coli associated with these foods
- Coffee, Tea, Energy Drinks. These contain caffeine that can cause your cat to become restless, have rapid breathing, heart palpitations and muscle tremors.