Use Caution with
by Kymythy R.
no means a list of everything on the planet that’s bad for cats.
But it’s a few
of the things that should be avoided by themselves or as an ingredient
lipoic acid. Also referred to as lipoic
an antioxidant that increases production of glutathione and can cause
gastrointestinal distress and low blood sugar in cats.
Chocolate. This contains the alkaloid
theobromine which is toxic to cats. It also contains caffeine and may
Dairy. Dairy products include
butter, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, whey, sour cream, kefir,
ice cream. Milk is a hormonal growth fluid produced by a mother for her
of the same species. Cats do not “milk” cows (or mice) and,
after weaning, have
no need for dairy products. A weaned cat isn’t equipped with the
to digest the protein and sugar in dairy products. Plus, studies with
that casein (a protein in milk) interferes with the absorption of other
Drugs. No, not all drugs of
there are many drugs that are safe (relatively speaking) for other
are very harmful to cats. Examples include aspirin, acetaminophen,
antihistamines, decongestants, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, salicylates, and
phosphate enemas. Always be certain that any drug you are considering
specifically safe for cats. And always check the drug insert or the
for possible side effects and contraindications.
are very sensitive to the potent
essential oils that may be used around other animals, including
you wish to use aromatherapy for your cats, look into the more dilute
hydrosols. Use caution with cleaning products that contain essential
make certain your cat doesn’t get into potpourri.
are tricky because no one is
certain yet why there have been recent reports of toxicity due to grape
raisin ingestion. Until we know more, they’re best avoided.
Houseplants. There are too many
are toxic to cats to name here. Some aren’t toxic but,
personally, I presume
one is until I find out otherwise. Let your cat know the only plant it
its own is a nice pot of wheatgrass or “cat grass”.
Herbs. Let me be very clear that
herbs are bad for cats. But, because there are quite a few that are not
recommended for them, I want to make sure you check an herbal reference
for cats to be certain the ones you’re interested in are safe for
There are many wonderful herbs that can be very useful in cat health.
sure they are specifically safe for cats before using.
of onions and garlic are
related to destruction of red blood cells. They may also irritate the
gastrointestinal system. There’s still debate about the harmful
garlic as many people including holistic vets have used it in cats
problem, but I do want to inform you of the potential risk. Our cats
ward off a vampire without the aid of garlic anyway!
Raw Salmon. Salmon poisoning is an
disease caused by a rickettsia that uses a parasitic fluke on salmon as
It can cause serious illness and death.
Soy. Soy is found in various
forms in many
products. It contains compounds that may negatively affect cats by
with nutrient absorption, normal growth, thyroid function, and hormonal
Sugar. Much research concludes
cells thrive on sugar as do many other disease processes. And sugar
many forms, including beet, raw, brown, cane, fructose, corn sweetener,
syrup, date, dextrin, dextrose, glucose, lactose, maltose, manitol,
polydextrose, sorbital, sorghum, sucanat, sucrose, turbinado, barley
molasses, honey, and maple syrup. Xylitol, a sweetener made from
should also be avoided.
Yeast. This is a fungus that many
cannot tolerate. It may cause allergic reactions, bloating, digestive
urinary problems. Different forms include brewer’s, nutritional,
torula, and primary yeasts.
Kymythy Schultze has been
trailblazer in animal nutrition for over two decades.
She is also a human nutritionist and has
helped thousands of people and their pets live happier, healthier lives. To learn how to easily prepare healthy meals
for dogs, cats, and humans, check out her best-selling books: “Natural
Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet.”, “The Natural
Nutrition No-Cook Book: Delicious Food for You…and Your
Pets!” and her new book "Natural
Nutrition fot Cats: The Path to Purr-fect Health"
her website at www.kymythy.com