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In the wild, cats are carnivores. Many of the high quality and balanced cat foods you will find on the market are produced with this logic.
On the other hand, feeding your cat lots of fruits and vegetables can cause leftover vitamins and minerals. The most dangerous of these is onion.
Onions, leeks, and chives all contain a chemical called thiosulfate. If your cat eats any of these vegetables, the chemical will start to kill red blood cells, a condition called hemolytic anemia.
Food poisoning symptoms
There are a wide variety of symptoms that can result from your cat eating the wrong food. This includes things like hemolytic anemia, diarrhea, apathy, depression, lack of appetite, fever, shortness of breath, pale nose, dark urine, etc….
A fruit and vegetable analysis
Fruits and vegetables are great rewards for your cat, but you can’t let them eat too much.
There are many cats that love fruits and vegetables, but they should not eat more than 10-15% of their daily food consumption. Their bodies don’t need as much vegetables as they need things like taurine, an amino acid found in animal protein that is good for the eyes.
The best fruits for your cats are apples, pears, melons, peaches, strawberries, and watermelons. Of course, if you can, it’s best to buy them in season.
But beware: some certain fruits, including apples and plums, have high levels of cyanide. This chemical can cause seizures and nervous system problems in cats.
You should usually cook vegetables before giving them to your cat so that they can be digested more easily. Here are the best choices for you: peas, asparagus, lettuce, zucchini, green beans, carrots and cucumbers.
As we said before, every vegetable in the garlic and onion family is extremely dangerous for your cat. Unfortunately, so is tomato. There is a very high level of acidity that can give your cat stomach problems.
Due to its high starch content, potato is a difficult vegetable for cats to digest. So it’s best to avoid all of these, or they’ll cause stomach problems in your cat.
You will also need to keep the avocados from your cat. They contain a chemical called persin, which is toxic to cats. It can cause vomiting or diarrhea, and in some cases can even be fatal.