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Four Unexpectedly Unsafe Foods for Cats

There are many foods that sound like they would be alright for your cat when they are in fact very unhealthy for them.

If you have been a cat owner for a while then you’ve probably heard of certain foods you enjoy that are unhealthy or even poisonous to cats such as chocolate, grapes, and onions. But there are many other foods that sound like they would be alright for your cat when they are in fact very unhealthy for them.

Canned Tuna

It’s deceptively subtle, but there is a big difference between the canned tuna that you eat and the canned version that is made specifically for cats. Canned tuna for humans contains far too much oil and sodium for cats, even in the low-sodium varieties, which can lead to inflammation and heart problems. Although tuna packed in water is usually safer, it still doesn’t supply the right nutrients to support a complete and balanced diet for cats. It’s better to stay with tuna versions of cat food to be safe.


Although nuts are a great source of protein for humans, most nuts will have unhealthy levels of fat and sodium for cats. And there is evidence that specific types like macadamia nuts and walnuts are dangerous to dogs, which means they could be just as poisonous to cats. Either way, consuming nuts will likely cause diarrhea and vomiting in your cat.

Raw Fish, Eggs, and Meat

You may think that, because cats natural hunters, that they would prefer raw proteins. However, the raw meats and raw fish that you buy from the store may contain salmonella or E. coli. In the same way that getting a food borne illness from one of these meats would be bad news for you, it can hurt your cat just as much. Commercial cat foods have processes to make any so-called raw meat safe for your cat, while the grocery store expects you to cook your meats to get rid of bacteria.

Fat and bones

Even when cooked, some parts of meat that you eat still are unsafe for your cat. Cooked meat scraps, like bones or fat trimmings might sound like a nice treat but too much fat will upset your cat’s stomach. Even worse, if your cat tries to eat bone they could get damage to their stomach from lacerations. Unlike dogs, cats should never be allowed to gnaw on a bone.


For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!

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